Scientific and Statistical Committee
The Council approved the following reappointments for a one-year term to the SSC: Dr. Chris Anderson, Dr. Amanda Bishop, Dr. Jennifer Burns, Robert Clark, Dr. Sherri Dressel, Dr. Jason Gasper, Dr. Brad Harris, Dr. Anne Hollowed, Dr. George Hunt, Jr., Dr. Gordon Kruse, Dr. Dayv Lowry, Dr. Ian Stewart, Dr. Franz Mueter, Dr. Terry Quinn, Dr. Katherine Reedy, Alison Whitman, and Dr. Matthew Reimer. The Council also approved the one-year appointments of Ms. Heather Renner (USFWS), Dr. Dana Hanselman (NMFS AFSC), and Dr. Mike Downs (independent). Ms. Renner is based at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer where she leads the biological research program for the refuge, and is currently a member of the Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan team. Dr. Hanselman is a leading stock assessment scientist at the AFSC’s Auke Bay Laboratory in Juneau and currently co-chairs the BSAI Groundfish Plan team. Dr. Downs’ expertise is in sociology and anthropology, and he has prepared many social impact assessments for Council analyses over the past 25 years.
The Council reappointed Shannon Carroll, Carina Nichols, Ernie Weiss, and Matt Upton to the Advisory Panel for three-year terms. Additionally, three new AP members were appointed for a three-year term: Natasha Hayden of Kodiak; Jim Johnson of Washington; and Anne Vanderhoeven of Washington. The Council also appointed Samantha Weinstein of Juneau to serve for the remaining year of the term vacated by Art Nelson.
The Council appointed Dr. Kresimir Williams (AFSC) to the Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Plan Team. Dr. Williams has worked in the Midwater Assessment and Conservation Engineering Program for 15 years and participated in all aspects of the MACE acoustic-trawl survey effort. The Council made two new appointments to the BSAI Crab Plan Team: Ms. Katie Palof (ADF&G) replaces Ms. Karla Bush; and Mr. Bill Gaeuman (ADF&G) replaces Ms. Laura Slater. Ms. Palof is a Biometrician in Juneau and oversees shellfish survey design, Southeast Alaska crab stock assessments, and is a lead reviewer of the Crab SAFE. Mr. Gaeuman is a Biometrician in Kodiak focusing on BSAI shellfish stocks and statewide scallop biometrics, and is responsible for the Pribilof Island golden king crab stock assessment.
Dave Fraser was appointed to the IFQ Committee to represent the community quota entities. Buck Laukitis was appointed to the Joint Protocol Committee which includes members from the Council and State of Alaska Board of Fisheries.