Linda Behnken, a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council from 1992 to 2001, recently won the Heinz Award for the Environment for her advocacy work promoting sustainable fishing practices while bolstering rural Alaskan fishing communities.
The Heinz Awards, administered by the Heinz Family Foundation to honor the memory of Senator John Heinz, recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas of: Arts and Humanities, Environment, Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment. The candidates for the Heinz Awards are selected without any action on their part. Nominations are submitted by invited experts, who serve anonymously, and are reviewed by an independent panel of jurors appointed by the Heinz Family Foundation.
After her time as a Council member, Behnken continues to contribute her knowledge and expertise in Alaskan fisheries through her participation both as an active stakeholder in the Council process as well as her involvement in international fisheries policy. Behnken is the executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association.