Current IPHC Responsibilities:
I handle IPHC’s regulations for the Pacific halibut fishery in coordination with the governments of Canada and the United States. I work closely with both governments and their advisory bodies (North Pacific and Pacific Fishery Management Councils and Canada’s Halibut Advisory Board) on Pacific halibut fishery management issues, as well as with Tribes/First Nations and stakeholders. In addition, I oversee IPHC’s fisheries-dependent and fisheries-independent data collection teams.
My background is in fisheries policy with an emphasis on connecting science and management with the needs of the fishing industry and communities. I value stakeholder input, encourage engagement in fisheries management, and help the public navigate the process.
My career began traveling the world’s oceans collecting oceanographic data. Traveling peaked my interest in sustainable fisheries, fishing communities, and how fishermen’s knowledge is used in management. After earning a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington, I worked for a summer as an IPHC sea sampler before joining the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). At NMFS, I managed Pacific halibut, groundfish, scallop, and dogfish fisheries on both the east and west coasts of the United States. I served as a national policy advisor for quota and catch share programs. During a temporary assignment with NMFS headquarters, I handled Congressional issues and national coordination of agency communication. I’m very excited to be back at the IPHC and to be part of an organization initiated by fishermen with such a unique history, rich data set, and incredible science.