Practitioners in North Pacific / Alaska

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    Sally Bibb
    NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Regional Office
    Sally is the Deputy Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Division, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Region. Her work focuses primarily on development of regulations for observer coverage, record-keeping and reporting, and equipment operational requirements for catch monitoring and catch accounting in the groundfish fisheries off Alaska.

    Julie Bonney
    Alaska Groundfish Data Bank, Inc.
    Julie Bonney is the owner and Executive Director of Alaska Groundfish Data Bank (AGDB) in Kodiak, Alaska. AGDB has been a leader in industry efforts to improve monitoring and reduce bycatch in Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries through management and cooperative research. Cooperative research projects include electronic monitoring (EM), alternative observer sampling techniques, halibut excluder tests in the cod trawl fishery and evaluating the use of salmon excluders in the pollock fisheries.

    Ruth Christiansen
    United Catcher Boats
    Ruth works as a Science and Policy Analyst for United Catcher Boats, a seafood trade association representing the owners and operators of pollock and Pacific cod catcher vessels in the Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands. Working closely with counterparts in the Gulf of Alaska, EM service providers, EM video reviews, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, she is actively working on the development, testing, and implementation of a regulatory program that would allow the use of EM for compliance monitoring in the pelagic pollock trawl catcher vessel fisheries of the Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska.
    Dan Falvey
    Alaska Longline Fishermen's Assoc.
    Dan is a veteran commercial fisherman and a National Fisherman Magazine 'Highliner" award winner in 2011. Among many accomplishments, Dan coordinated a 2011 pilot program to operationalize video-based EM in Alaska's halibut and sablefish fishery.

    Elizabeth Figus, Fishery Analyst
    North Pacific Fishery Management Council
    Phone: (907) 271-2809
    Elizabeth has been a Fishery Analyst at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council since January 2018. She is the North Pacific Council staff contact for the groundfish and halibut fishery Observer Program, which includes a growing electronic monitoring component. Elizabeth received a PhD in Fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is an interdisciplinary fisheries scientist with a BA in Sociology and Int’l Relations from Mount Holyoke College, and an MA in European Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
    Jared Fuller
    Jared Fuller
    Saltwater Inc.
    Jared Fuller develops and tests both EM hardware and software solutions at Saltwater Inc. His hands-on experience installing EM systems on over 100 widely varied boats across the U.S. has provided a back drop for his work developing solutions for onboard data acquisition, efficient review, and long term storage. Prior to joining the EM team, Jared worked for 2 years for Saltwater as an observer in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Mexico, and as a tech instructor in public schools.
    John Gauvin
    Gauvin & Associates
    John Gauvin is the Fisheries Science Director for the Alaska Seafood Cooperative. Through work for the Groundfish Forum, North Pacific Fisheries Research Foundation, and the Environmental Defense Fund, John served as the principal investigator for numerous studies. Two of these have included assessments of the feasibility and efficacy of using EM systems to monitor adherence to deck sorting and handling/discard protocols for prohibited species.

    Jesse Latham
    +1 604-250-2462
    Jesse Latham is responsible for bringing new and technologically innovative ways of catch reporting and data management to the seafood sector. He leads and operationalizes the platforms that Vericatch provides its customers. Jesse is a recognized expert in fisheries and traceability, and sits on the DFO e-logs technical committee. Prior to joining Vericatch, Jesse led the product and technology teams at PayWith and Wantsa, two Vancouver based companies in the finance and marketing spaces. Other past ventures include business and solution architecture for both business and government entities. Jesse has a Bachelor of Science, Physics from the University of British Columbia.
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    Thomas Meyer
    NOAA Office of Gen. Counsel
    Thomas Meyer is the lead attorney who provides daily advice to the AK Fisheries Science Center Fisheries Mgmt. Analysis Division and its groundfish observer program.
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    Jennifer Mondragon
    NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office
    Jennifer Mondragon is a Resource Management Specialist at NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office. Her branch focuses on data quality and catch estimation in the Alaskan groundfish fishery. In this role, she has been involved in writing regulations and implementing programs to support catch monitoring, including implementation of EM for compliance-monitoring and as a catch estimation tool. Jennifer is also on the team that oversees an interagency electronic reporting system in Alaska.
    Nancy Munro
    Nancy Munro
    Saltwater Inc.
    Nancy Munro is the founder of Saltwater Inc., and is focused on creating effective ways of collecting reliable data on fisheries and oceans to support sustainable management. She has taken a lead role in the development of monitoring programs for fisheries and marine mammals in many regions. Nancy has committed Saltwater to providing open-source software as a means of creating efficiencies in EM, and to building on the talents and experience of observers in EM program implementation.
    Rick Stanley
    Fisheries Consultant
    British Columbia
    Rick is a fisheries consultant with extensive international experience who was active in development of the EM-based fishery catch monitoring program in B.C.

    Bill Tweit, Special Assistant
    WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
    Bill represents Washington state on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and serves as chair of two Council groups that are instrumental in developing electronic monitoring techniques for accounting for catch and bycatch: the Electronic Monitoring Working Group and the Observer Advisory Committee.