New Science Director to Lead Alaska Seafood Cooperative’s Research and Conservation Efforts

New Science Director Joins Alaska Groundfish Group

The Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC) has announced the appointment of Sarah Webster as its new science projects director, taking over from John Gauvin who held the position for nearly three decades. Gauvin will be retiring but will continue to work on some ongoing science projects 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 a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role, having worked in Alaska fisheries science for many years. Before joining AKSC, she served as a fisheries scientist for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, focusing on recreational groundfish research in the charter fishing sector. Prior to that, she managed the research program for Alaska Pacific University’s Fisheries, Aquatic Science and Technology Program, supporting projects with a variety of industries including non-pelagic, pelagic, scallop, and charter industries.

Webster also has experience working with halibut longliners while serving on the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s Management Strategy Advisory Board. AKSC collaborates with fishery scientists from NOAA and other scientific institutions on research projects aimed at modifying fishing practices and gear to help reduce bycatch and minimize the impacts of fishing on marine habitats. With her background in fisheries science and her experience working with a variety of species and user groups, Webster is well positioned to lead AKSC’s science projects team into the future.

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