At this meeting the Council bid farewell to longtime SSC member and recent co-Chair, Dr. Anne Hollowed. Dr. Hollowed has played a significant role in the Council’s science-based fishery management over the past 19 years she has been with the SSC, and has contributed to the development of many of the management programs the NPFMC has in place today. Thank you, Anne, and best wishes in retirement.
Also departing the SSC is Dr. Matt Reimer, who has served the SSC for 8 years with an emphasis on economic analysis. Thank you Matt for your contributions to sustainable fishery management in the North Pacific.
This December meeting was the last meeting for Mrs. Lauren Smoker, who will be retiring from NOAA’s General Counsel office after 30+ years. Ms. Smoker has advised the Council, developed Alaska legal procedures and defended Council and Agency actions. We will miss you, Lauren, and wish you the best in your new chapter.
This meeting was also the last for the following members of the AP: John Gruver, Craig Lowenberg, Joel Peterson, John Scoblic, Marissa Wilson, and Erik Veslko. Thank you all for your service and your involvement in decisions that affect the Nation’s fisheries.