Plenary Session

*** Due to the greater-than-expected number of registrants, the Opening Plenary (8 AM – noon, September 5), has been moved to the Paramount Theater, located on the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle, one block North of the Washington State Convention Center. ***

Wayne Hubert, AFS President
Call to order

Invocation by Muckleshoot Tribe

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

Welcoming Remarks

Dow Constantine was sworn in as King County Executive on November 24, 2009.  Mr. Constantine is working to instill a culture of performance that changes the way King County does business and promotes environmental sustainability.  He previously served on the Metropolitan-King County Council and chaired the Growth Management and Natural Resources Committee during a major update to the County’s Comprehensive Plan and regulations protecting salmon habitat and managing stormwater.  He is a strong advocate for using science to inform policy decisions and is a champion of policies and programs that focus new growth in urban areas and protect natural resource lands. Mr. Constantine has served as chair of the Watershed Ecosystem Forum for the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed, which promotes implementation of the Salmon Habitat Plan for this watershed.  He is a three-time University of Washington alumnus and an attorney licensed in Washington for the past 19 years.

Plenary Speakers:

Randall Peterman

Title: An optimistic view of challenges facing fisheries scientists and managers

Dr. Peterman will discuss several challenges facing the fisheries field, including recognition of uncertainties and risks, changes in productivity of aquatic systems, complex management objectives, and intricate quantitative models. He will discuss potential solutions to these challenges, including multi-disciplinary training needs for young scientists and future managers. Dr. Peterman is a Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management ( in British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University. He holds a Canada Research Chair in “Fisheries Risk Assessment and Management,” and specializes in quantitative methods to improve fisheries science and management. Dr. Peterman has authored or co-authored 116 journal articles and peer-reviewed papers in conference proceedings, plus many book chapters and technical reports. He is widely recognized by his peers for exceptional intellectual contributions to fisheries science and has received several AFS and other awards for outstanding research contributions. Dr. Peterman has also brought his research experience to the policy arena. For example, he was one of the authors of the 1995 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s “Precautionary Approach to Capture Fisheries”, and he also chaired a 2010 Expert Panel for the Pacific Salmon Commission on causes of the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon.

Billy Frank, Jr.

Title: Native American leadership in management of Pacific salmon

Mr. Frank will describe his experience in the leadership of Native Americans as the tribal role evolved from activists, fighting to secure fishing rights reserved in treaties with the U.S. government, to managers of the resources.  Mr. Frank is a member and elder of the Nisqually Indian Tribe.  For 22 years, he has served as the Chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission where he “speaks for the salmon” on behalf of 20 Treaty Indian Tribes in western Washington.  Mr. Frank is an advocate for fish habitat protection and healthy salmon runs and has a strong legacy of experiences and accomplishments to share.

Robert Lackey

Title: Science: Beacon of reality

Dr. Lackey will address the role of science in decision making and policy in fisheries management.  Dr. Lackey is a Professor of Fisheries and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Oregon State University.  He retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 after three decades of Federal Service during which he served in many leadership positions.  EPA awarded him its highest honor — the Gold Medal — for exceptional contributions in strengthening the role of science in ecological policy.  Dr. Lackey was on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1971 to 1979.  He has authored over 120 journal articles and book chapters, and is a Certified Fisheries Scientist.  Dr. Lackey is well-known for his thought-provoking and insightful articles on about the interaction of science, management, and policy.

Jesse Trushenski

Title: The Ecology of Fisheries Education — Are We Adequately Preparing the Next Cohorts for a Field in Flux?

Dr. Trushenski will provide insight into the education of future fisheries scientists, fish culturists, and fisheries managers considering the perspectives and needs of students, educators, and employers.  Dr. Trushenski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology and conducts research within the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.  Dr. Trushenski’s research interests are in fish physiology and aquaculture.  She conducts applied research on fish nutrition and basic research on metabolism and physiological processes in fishes all with a focus on development of practical solutions for the aquaculture industry.  She is the President of the Fish Culture Section of the AFS.  She has a sound research record with dozens of journal articles and book chapters, as well as substantial experience in the classroom and mentoring graduate students.

Awards Presentations:
(Between presentations by plenary speakers)

  • AFS Award of Excellence
  • President’s Fishery Conservation Award
  • William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award
  • Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Emmeline Moore Prize

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