New officers at the Advisory Panel and SSC
The Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will be co-Chaired by Dr. Anne Hollowed and Dr. Sherri Dressel in 2020. The SSC Vice-Chair will be Alison Whitman.
The Council’s Advisory Panel will be Chaired by Angel Drobnica in 2020, with co-Vice-Chairs Matt Upton and Ruth Christiansen.
Text Updates during Council meeting
Responding to requests from the public, the administrative staff deployed a text update subscription service at the February Council meeting. Texts sent straight to your phone provided updates on what agenda item the Council was discussing, or where the AP was in their agenda before breaking for lunch. Sign up is as simple as texting the word “COUNCIL” to 81411, and participants can unsubscribe at any time. The response was favorable, and we intend to continue this feature for upcoming Council meetings. If you have any questions or are interested in the specifics, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NPFMC Office Move Update
For the last two months, the Council’s staff has been settling into the new office space. Even though the new office is just four blocks away, it has made a considerable positive impact and is a welcome improvement for Council business. The office suite is full of windows and the conference room is designed to be able to hold committee meetings onsite, using up-to-date audio and video technology. Internet, phones, and computers got a makeover as well, and the layout of the office suite means all staff are on the same floor, with open areas and workspaces meant to invite collaboration.
Our offices are always open to the public, and being out of the Federal Building, we no longer have TSA-style security barring access. If you are in the area, feel free to stop by and meet with the staff! North Pacific Research Board, Alaska Ocean Observing Systems, and Alaska Sea Grant are also located on the first floor of the same building. The Council staff plans to hold an open house in conjunction with the April Council meeting.
Our new address is Suite 400, 1007 W 3rdAvenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Phone numbers, web, and email addresses all remain the same.