Dr. Amanda Bishop, of the Alaska Sea Life Center, will replace Dr. Jennifer Burns, who has resigned from the SSC, for the remainder of her appointment period. Dr. Bishop has been acting as the alternate for Dr. Burns since 2017. At the October SSC meeting, Dr. Milo Atkinson, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, stepped in to replace Dr. Terry Quinn, who passed away over the summer, and in December, Dr. Curry Cunningham (of the same affiliation) will act as the interim member. CVs for all current SSC members are available on our website.
Plan Team Appointment
The Council appointed Dr. Marysia Szymkowiak to serve on the GOA Groundfish Plan Team, as a replacement for Dr. Dan Lew. Dr. Szymkowiak is a social scientist at the AFSC, and on a variety of management issues in the North Pacific. She has expertise working directly with fishers and fishing communities and also conducts research on individual fishing quota (IFQ) fisheries and markets, new entry and diversification strategies for fishers, and the use of qualitative and mixed methods.
The Council appointed Craig Evens, Jerry Dahl Jr, and Jeff Peterson to the IFQ Committee, and appointed Council member Cora Campbell to chair that committee. The former Committee Chair, Buck Laukitis, will also remain on the Committee as a member.
Council members Bill Tweit and Nicole Kimball will co-Chair the Fishery Monitoring Advisory Committee (FMAC), with Bill Tweit remaining as Chair of the Trawl EM Committee, and Nicole Kimball chairing the newly create Partial Coverage Fishery Monitoring Advisory Committee (PCFMAC). The following FMAC members will also become members of the PCFMAC: Bob Alverson, Julie Bonney, Tom Evich, Dan Falvey, Kathy Hansen, Abigail Turner-Franke, Julie Kavanaugh, Luke Szymanski, Caitlin Yeager. In addition, the PCFMAC will be expanded to include representatives of the two EM service providers for the fixed gear EM program.
Council member Cora Campbell was appointed to the Joint Protocol Committee. For the Community Engagement Committee, former co-Chair Theresa Peterson will remain on the Committee as a member. Council member Kenny Down will represent the Council on the Alaska Ocean Observing Systems (AOOS) Board, and Council member Rachel Baker will represent the Council on the IPHC’s Management Strategy Advisory Board (MSAB).
Bering Sea FEP Taskforces
The Council appointed membership for two taskforces to work on two Action Modules, or projects, that implement the Council’s Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP). The two initiated Action Modules are the following: the Climate Change Action Module, to evaluate short- and long-term effects of climate change on fish, fisheries, and the Bering Sea ecosystem, and develop management considerations; and the LK/TK/Subsistence Action Module, to develop protocols for using local knowledge (LK) and traditional knowledge (TK) in management, and understanding impacts of Council decisions on subsistence use.
The following members are appointed to the Bering Sea FEP Climate Change Action Module:
- Kirstin Holsman, NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center
- Steve Martell, SeaState
- Jeremy Sterling, AFSC Marine Mammal Commission
- Diana Stram, Council staff
- Mike LeVine, The Ocean Conservancy
- Lauren Divine, Aleut Community of St. Paul
- Brenden Raymond-Yakoubian, Sandhill.Culture.Craft
- Scott Goodman, Natural Resources Consultants / Bering Sea Fisheries Research Fund
- Joe Krieger, NMFS Alaska Regional Office
The following members are appointed to the Bering Sea FEP LK/TK/Subsistence Action Module:
- Sarah Wise, NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center
- Alida Trainor, ADFG Subsistence Division
- Rachel Donkersloot, Coastal Cultures Research and Consulting
- Robert Murphy, Alaska Pacific University
- Toby Anungazuk Jr., Golovin, Alaska
- Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Kawerak
- Simeon Swetzof, St. Paul, Alaska
- Darcy Peter, Beaver, Alaska
- Richard Slats, Chevak, Alaska
- Bridget Mansfield, NMFS Alaska Regional Office
- Kate Haapala, Council staff