On the first day of the February Council meeting, the Council presented Mr. Chris Oliver with the Bob Mace Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. Jim Ianelli with the Terry Quinn II Distinguished Scientist Award.
Bob Mace Award
The Council selected Chris Oliver to receive the Bob Mace award because of his recent role in serving the regional fishery management councils as part of his position as NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries. Mr. Oliver assisted with securing the Councils’ role in managing fisheries while also improving communication and emphasizing efficient rulemaking. He pushed the Agency to prioritize sustainable fishery management, support scientific advancement and surveys, revise management and regulatory regimes, and build economic value in fisheries-related industries. Under his leadership, NOAA Fisheries’ mission, staff, and budgets were protected, and agency scientists continued to serve sustainable fisheries and ecosystem preservation.
Chris Oliver, along with the rest of the Council staff, was the first recipient of this award in 2006.
Representing the state of Oregon as a Council member for over 23 years, Bob Mace known for his integrity, dedication, professionalism, and conservation ethic. In Bob’s honor, the Council established the Bob Mace Distinguished Service Award. This award is only occasionally bestowed by the Council, to an individual that exemplifies the highest levels of dedication, professionalism and conservation ethic necessary to make the fisheries off Alaska the best managed in the world.
Terry Quinn II Distinguished Scientist Award
Dr. Jim Ianelli was selected by the Council to be the second recipient of the Terry Quinn II Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Ianelli is a senior scientist at the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fishery Science Center. He is a well-known and highly esteemed stock assessment author for Bering Sea pollock and other groundfish stocks, a member and chair of our groundfish plan teams since the early 1990s, a mentor to many scientists at the AFSC, and a prolific contributor to numerous important council analyses including salmon and halibut PSC limits. Council Chair Simon Kinneen noted, “Dr. Ianelli shares two important traits with Dr. Quinn: his understanding of the importance of working with and listening to members of the fishing industry, and his ability to be a great ambassador for the NPFMC on the global stage.”
Dr. Quinn served on the Council’s SSC until his death in 2019. This award is bestowed by the Council to an individual who, over the course of many years, has made outstanding contributions in fisheries science or other related field, and has been dedicated to ensuring that fisheries science and management in the North Pacific is the best in the world.