New Science Director Joins Alaska Groundfish Group

Sarah Webster has been appointed as the new science projects director at the Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC). She is taking over from John Gauvin, who has held the position for nearly 30 years. Gauvin will be retiring from the role but will continue to work on some of the science projects already in progress for the cooperative.

AKSC is a cooperative of the Amendment 80 fleet that fishes for flatfish, Pacific Ocean perch, and Atka mackerel in Alaska. Webster brings with her a wealth of experience in Alaska fisheries science, having previously worked as a fisheries scientist for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, focusing on recreational groundfish research in the charter fishing sector. She also managed the research program for Alaska Pacific University’s Fisheries, Aquatic Science, and Technology Program, where she supported projects across a range of industries.

Webster’s experience in fisheries science will be valuable to AKSC as they collaborate with fishery scientists from NOAA and other institutions to conduct research aimed at modifying fishing practices and gear to help members reduce bycatch and minimize the impact of fishing on marine habitats.

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