Connections

2023 ANNUAL REPORT

connections

2023 ANNUAL REPORT


35 Years

Starting in 1986, a group of Cordova fishermen, scientists, and resource managers connected over bad coffee and informal lunches to explore a question: How can we better understand this globally-relevant region and share what we learn for the benefit of local people, and the world?

The result of those meetings was a commitment to develop a community-based organization to serve as a repository for the knowledge gained from nearly 30 million acres of coastline, wetlands, estuaries, mountains, rivers and streams, and to connect that knowledge to educational, public, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

The dream was ambitious.

Then, as the Prince William Sound Science Center’s nonprofit papers were being developed in March 1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude oil into our backyard of Prince William Sound – forever altering the environment and the fishery. Shortly after, on Earth Day – April 22, 1989 – our legal papers were filed and the real work began.

In the 35 years since our incorporation, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to create a better-informed citizenry, advance scientific knowledge for resource managers and policy makers, and revitalize the public decision-making process to maintain resources, businesses, and communities. With our new 20,000 sq ft facility, complete with a running seawater lab, we can grow capacity, programs, and partnerships to help ensure our region is a stronghold of resilience for decades to come.

We are here today, thanks to the connections made with and between thousands of donors, funders, research partners, elected officials, teachers, fishermen, and more. In a world that seems increasingly disconnected, connection remains at the heart of our work and beliefs. We invite you to connect with us in supporting the resilience of one of the world’s last great places, home of the world’s richest waters.

Sincerely,

Katrina Sig

Katrina Hoffman
President & CEO

35 Years

Starting in 1986, a group of Cordova fishermen, scientists, and resource managers connected over bad coffee and informal lunches to explore a question: How can we better understand this globally-relevant region and share what we learn for the benefit of local people, and the world?

The result of those meetings was a commitment to develop a community-based organization to serve as a repository for the knowledge gained from nearly 30 million acres of coastline, wetlands, estuaries, mountains, rivers and streams, and to connect that knowledge to educational, public, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

The dream was ambitious.

Then, as the Prince William Sound Science Center’s nonprofit papers were being developed in March 1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude into our backyard of Prince William Sound – forever altering the environment and the fishery. Shortly after, on Earth Day – April 22, 1989 – our legal papers were filed and the real work began.

In the 35 years since our incorporation, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to create a better-informed citizenry, advance scientific knowledge for resource managers and policy makers, and revitalize the public decision-making process to maintain resources, businesses, and communities. With our new 20,000 sq ft facility, complete with a running seawater lab, we can grow capacity, programs, and partnerships to help ensure our region is a stronghold of resilience for decades to come.

We are here today, thanks to the connections made with and between thousands of donors, funders, research partners, elected officials, teachers, fishermen, and more. In a world that seems increasingly disconnected, connection remains at the heart of our work and beliefs. We invite you to connect with us in supporting the resilience of one of the world’s last great places; home of the world’s richest waters.

Sincerely,

Katrina Sig

Katrina Hoffman
President & CEO

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FINANCIALS

BY THE NUMBERS

Donors & Funders

OUR SUPPORTERS

Without you, there is no us. We're deeply grateful for our donors and funders. Thank you for all you do to support our work.

GENERAL DONORS

(Calendar year 2023. This list does not denote donors to the new campus. Those can be viewed below.)

$35,000
Carl and Gretchen Gould Family Foundation

$30,000
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

$25,000
Anonymous

$20,000+
ConocoPhillips Alaska

$15,000+
Meera Kohler

$10,000+
Liz Cardwell & John Garner
ExxonMobil Alaska
Boeing
Martin Fabert Foundation

$7,500+
Cascadia Cross-Border Law Group

$5,000+
Nancy Pease & Dan Hull
Sheila and Tom Barrett
Trident Seafoods North
Paula Mountjoy & Scott Hicks
Matson
The Eyak Corporation
Chugach Commercial Holdings
Solstice Alaska Consulting
Alaska Airlines
Anonymous
CoBank
Copper River Shared Services
Dawson Construction
Edison Chouest Offshore
GCI
Saltchuk

3,500+
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
The Meacham Family
Lynden
Darcy and David Saiget
Maureen McCrea & Clarence Pautzke
Margaret Stock & Neil O'Donnell
The Telesz Family

$2,500+
Karla Steele
Cynthia Lahti & Tim Cuchna
Peter and Karie Andersen
OBI Seafoods
Laura and Mike Meadors
Jean and Howard Baumann
Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot
Chugach Alaska Corporation
Hilcorp
Peter Pan Seafoods
Katrina Hoffman & Mike Webber
People AK

$2,000+
Thomas Mack
GMC Contracting
Anne Kroeker & Richard Leeds
Cece Stack & Britt Pedicord

$1,500+
Phyllis Johnson & Craig Tillery
Rich Rogers
Robyn and Eric McGhee
Melissa Reiser
The Rick and Cyndie Fox Family Foundation
Curate.org
Laura and Barry Romberg

$1,250+
Alaska Permanent Capital Management
Cordova Electric Cooperative
Andrew Smallwood
Kimberly Lamborn

$1,000+
Suzanne Cunningham
Amy and Scott Habberstad
RISQ Consulting
Lisa and Nick Docken
Michelle Hahn
AT&T
Kory Blake
Barbara and Larry Cash
Cordova Telecom Cooperative
Cordova Wireless Communications
Crowley
Katie Ertz
Global Federal Credit Union
Jake Holley
Carol Kreader & Brian Wrenn
Anil Mathur
Northrim Bank
Cathy and Scott Pegau
Samson Tug and Barge
Liz Senear & Bert Stammerjohan
Mead Treadwell
Walt Wrede

$750+
Andra and Nate Doll
Jessica Newton
Barclay and RJ Kopchak
Karen King
Brock Taylor
TJ and Jim Holley
Native Village of Eyak
Aileen and Dave Allison

$500+
Holly Wells
Sara and Bill Hoffman
Molly McCammon
Caryn Rea
Ellen and Tommy Sheridan
Belen and Joe Cook
Jessica Spuhler
Pick.Click.Give Donors (Anonymous)
Nate Katschke
April and Robert Beedle
Marsha Burns & Lynn Highland
Copper Valley Telecom
CRW Engineering Group
Kristin DeSmith & Doug Causey
Linda and Bob Dodge
Georgia Fariss & Jerry McCune
Judy Farrar & Eric Knudsen
Alyse Galvin
Kevin McLaughlin
Mt. McKinley Moose Legion 51
Senator Lisa Murkowski
PWS Regional Citizens' Advisory Council
Megan Riebe
Rogue's Garden
Bill Rome
Shoreside Petroleum
Silver Bay Seafoods
Senator Dan Sullivan
Tech Impact
Jan and Hill Walker

$450+
Kate Dugan
Thea Thomas
Michelle Whitmire
Gwen and Roy Welch
Mary Anne Bishop
Grant Cooper

$400+
Eduardo Santos
Ben Weitzman
Kate and John Williams
Paul Clawson
Amiee LeBlanc Gloe
Donna Schantz

$300+
Erlingur Gudleifsson
Monika Reghetti
Pam Smith
Shae Bowman
Arlene and Danny Rosenkrans
Robin Reich & Todd Bethard

$250+
Debra and Richard Swenson
Donna Aderhold
Pamela Cunningham
Chris Psyk
Karen Fitzgerald
Anni Siebenmorgen
Debra Adams
Tim Brabets
Brennan Cain
Dorothy Childers
Chinook Auto Rental
Diana Clayburgh
Copper River Watershed Project
Cordova Chamber of Commerce
Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler
Rob Hovsapian
Helen Howarth & Jeff Bailey
Thomas Hull
Steven Jackson
Kasey Kinsman
Sylvia Lange & Greg Meyer
Laura's Liquor Shoppe
Marilyn Leland
Don Moore
Nikki Newcome
Deanna and Martin M Parsons
Ridgeline Aviation
Royal Ocean Kelp
Susan Saupe
Lisa and David Totemoff
Danielle Verna

$200+
Johan Diaz
Angelina Fuschetto
Richard L and Diane M Block Foundation
Signe Baumann
Toni and John Bocci
Sharon and Dan  Boyette
Charles Curtis
Toni Godes
Deb Harrison & Steve Borgeson
Steve Moffitt
Mary and Peter Schaefer
Mary Helen Stephens

$150+
Amazon Smile
Becca Dodge
Lisa and Erec Isaacson
Kathie Bethard
Mimi and Tim Briggs
Henry Fastenau
Roslyn and Mark Mitchell
Ray Phelan
Matt Ringer
Cathy Sherman
Colleen Stephens

$100+
Beth Trowbridge
Samantha Hagerthy-Schneider
Blake Phillips
Karin Siebenmorgen
Jenny Brandt
Gabrielle Brown
Robert Dyson
Laura Morse
Kim Nasados
Anonymous
Anonymous
Ed Backus
Joe Banta
Mikal Berry
Dan Bilderback
Nancy Bird & Karl Becker
Rob Campbell
Mary Cris and Herbert Carino
Janet Clarke
Kate Consenstein
Jessica and David Croffut
Karyn Ellingson & John Goodhand
Abraham Ellis
Jennifer Garson
Gary Goodnow
Paul Hershberger
Gwen Holdmann
Cynthia Jones & Philip Oman
Alyssa Kleissler
Joe Lally
Janice Laxson
Robert McDonnell
Lacey McKinstry
Janet and Ryan McManus
Martha Menchinger
Mark Miller
Judith and Curtis Moore
John Moran
Betsi Oliver
Liz O'Rourke
Stewart Osgood
Penny Oswalt
Michael Rehberg
Cathy and Micah Renfeldt
Julie and Brad Reynolds
Kit and Dean Schantz
Barbara Solomon & John Stack
Karen and Paul Swartzbart
Marsha and Dave Trudgen
Paoola and Leo Vargas
Lisa Von Bargen
Amanda and James Wiese

$75+
Meegan Kelly
Holly Rikkola
Kara Johnson
Tamara Russin
Chris Iannazzone
Noelle Camarena
Diane and Bill Cobb
Karolyn Merritt
Jessica Williston

$50+
Heather Brandon
Rachel Ertz
Annette and David Janka
Gerri and Rodger Koechling
Leigh Lubin
Sarah MacMaster
Kim McNett
Janet Mitson
Stanton Moll
Kate Morse
Pangaea Adventures
Linda Pretty
PJ Roberts
Jeremy Robida
Patricia and Stan Senner
Sue and Dick Shellhorn
Elisabeth and Johann Siebenmorgen
Richard Wawrzonek
Andrew Wieczorek
Kendra Zamzow

$25+
Christopher Franklin
Anonymous
Mary Dooher
Amy Holman
Network for Good
Anonymous
Give Lively
Kroger
Jen Pudge
Linnea Ronnegard
Anne Schaefer
Emile Vandermeer
Edward Wickham
Erika Wolter

New Facility

(Calendar year 2023. Anchor funding for the new campus was provided by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. Revenues are received on a cost-reimbursable basis after expenses are incurred. This is a multi-year project and work is ongoing.)

$2,900,000+
Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
(Administered Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council funds)

$650,000
MJ Murdoch Charitable Trust

$5,000
Boeing
Foundation for Rural Service

$500
Dawson Construction

IN-KIND DONORS

60 North Seafoods
Debra Adams
Adrift Prints
Alaska Airlines
Alaska Glacial Essentials Skincare
Alaska Railroad Corporation
Alaska Rock Gym
Signe Baumann
Karl Becker
Birchtree Blooms
Toni and John Bocci
Brianna Reagan Household
Broken Paddle Studio
Cascadia Cross-Border Law Group
Coastal Daughter
Columbia Sportswear
Belen and Joe Cook
Erin Cooper
Copper River Fleece
Copper River Seafoods
Cordova Gear
Cordova Historical Society and Museum
Cordova Telecom Cooperative
Cordova Wireless Communications
Gloria Cunningham
Denali Brewpub
Donna Aderhold
Kate Dugan
Ebb and Flow Fiber Studio
Evolutionary Thread
FisheWear
GCI
Dawn Gerety
Erlingur Gudleifsson
Here & There
Paula Mountjoy & Scott Hicks
Valisa Higman
Tony Hoover

Nancy Pease & Dan Hull
Kaladi Brothers Coffee
Knot Crazy
Kate and Hamish Laird
Sylvia Lange
LFS Marine
Little Glass Garden
Lucky #9 Jewelry
Robyn and Eric McGhee
Kim McNett
Laura and Mike Meadors
Metal in the Mountains
Melina Meyer
Out the Road Botanicals
Gabriella Palko
Scott Pegau
Prince William Sound Salt Co.
Raven's Brew Coffee
Monika Reghetti
David Rosenthal
Emily Rubio
Mary Schaefer
Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
Studio Red
Summit Spice & Tea Company
Sweet Caribou
Talkeetna Air Taxi
That Feeling Co.
The Green Connection
The Loose Threads
The Net Loft
The Salty Lupine
Tiny Nest Studio
Mead Treadwell
Trickster Company
Trident Seafoods North
Kate Trudeau
Valdez Brewing
Viking Marine Supply
Mike Webber

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

SHARING OUR IMPACT & RESULTS

Sharing our work near and far is one of the most important parts of PWSSC's impact. Our staff members are widely published; here’s a summary of their publications, reports, posters, oral presentations, outreach, and service for 2023.

MARY ANNE BISHOP, PH.D.

PUBLICATIONS

Cypher, A.D., H. Statscewich, R. Campbell, S. Danielson, J. Eiler, M.A. Bishop. 2023. Detection efficiency of an autonomous underwater glider carrying an integrated acoustic receiver for acoustically tagged Pacific herring. ICES Journal of Marine Science 80(2), pp.329-341. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsac24.

REPORTS

Bishop, M. A., and E. Gallenberg. 2023. Annual Herring Migration Cycle. Long-Term Herring Research and Monitoring Final Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Project 21160111-B), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Schaefer, A. L., and M.A Bishop. 2023. Long-term monitoring of marine bird abundance and habitat associations during fall and winter in Prince William Sound. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Long-term Monitoring Program (Gulf Watch Alaska) Final Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Project 21120114-E).

Schaefer, A.S. and M.A. Bishop. 2023. Marine winter bird surveys in Prince William Sound. Final report to Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council (Contract 9110.23.01).

DATA SETS PUBLISHED

Bishop, M.A., and E. Gallenberg. 2023. Annual Herring Migration Cycle, Prince William Sound Alaska, April 2017- April 2022. AOOS.

Bishop, M.A., and E. Gallenberg. 2023. Annual Herring Migration Cycle, Prince William Sound Alaska, April 2017- April 2022. Data One.

PRESENTATIONS

Bishop, M.A. and A.L. Schaefer. Winter marine bird surveys in Prince William Sound 2023. Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Board of Directors Meeting. Sept. 2023.

Warnock, N., M.A. Bishop, S. Bliss, M. Drever, S. Flemming, J. Takekawa. Spring stopover ecology of Western Sandpipers: Has it changed from 1992-2022? International Wader Study Group. Fall 2023. Sylt, Germany. Presentation given by Warnock. 

Schaefer, A., K. Gorman, and M.A. Bishop. Oceanographic correlates of the non-breeding movements and distribution of tufted puffins throughout the northeast Pacific Ocean. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023. Presentation given by Schaefer.

POSTERS

Cypher, A.D., Statscewich, H., Campbell, R., Danielson, S. L., Eiler, J.H., Bishop, M. A. Detection efficiency of an autonomous underwater glider-mounted acoustic receiver for acoustic tagged Pacific herring. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

OUTREACH

Delta Sound Connections

Bishop, M.A. 2023. A Herring’s Dilemma: Should I stay or should I go?

Bishop, M.A. & A. Schaefer. 2023. Plastics pollution and migrating shorebirds on the Copper River Delta.

Kiene, D., S. Powers, and M.A Bishop.2023. Resilience of subarctic estuaries.

 

ROBERT W. CAMPBELL, PH.D.

PUBLICATIONS

Michael, S.M., Crusius, J., Schroth, A.W., Campbell, R.W. and J.A. Resing. 2023. Glacial meltwater and sediment resuspension can be important sources of dissolved and total dissolvable aluminum and manganese to coastal ocean surface waters. Limnology and Oceanography. DOI: 10.1002/lno.12339.

PRESENTATIONS

Campbell, R.W. 2024. Recent changes in the near-surface oceanography and productivity of Prince William Sound. (poster) Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Pretty, J., Sutton, L. and Campbell  2024. Examining functional trait diversity of marine zooplankton communities in Prince William Sound. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Traiger, S., Bodkin, J., Campbell, R.W., Coletti, H., Esler, D., Holderied, K., Iken, K., Konar, B., McKinstry, C., Monson, D., Pretty, J., Renner, M., Robinson, B., Suryan, R. and B. Weitzman. 2024. Does larval supply matter? Meroplankton as drivers of intertidal invertebrate abundance. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Mearns, A., Pegau, S., Janka, D., Campbell, R.W., Robinson, B. and B. Lydon. 2024. Volunteer photos tracking oscillations in Prince William Sound rocky intertidal biota for 34 years. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Ertz, R., Cunningham, C., and Campbell  2024. High throughput digitization of salmon scale imagery. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Campbell, R.W. 2023. High Frequency Observations Of Plankton Distributions From The Prince William Sound Plankton Camera. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023, online.

Cypher, A., Hoffman, K., Eckert, G., Decker, J., Whissel, J., Campbell, R.W., Fong, Q., Good, M., Hollarsmith, J., Kelley, A., Konar, B., Long, C., Pinchuk, A., Rehberg, M., Schaefer, A., Umanzor, S. and R. Bochenek. 2023. Sustainable mariculture development for restoration and economic benefit in the EVOS spill area: An introduction to the ReCon. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023, online.

Cypher, A., Statscewich, H., Campbell, R.W., Danielson, S., Eiler, J. and M.A. Bishop. 2023. Detection efficiency of an autonomous underwater glider-mounted acoustic receiver for acoustic tagged Pacific herring. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023, online.

Mearns, A., Campbell, R.W., Janka, D., Robinson, B. and S. Pegau. 2023. Volunteer-Driven Annual Photography Documents The Range Of Natural Variability Of Rocky Intertidal Communities In Western Prince William Sound. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023, online.

Traiger, S., Bodkin, J., Campbell, R.W., Colletti, H., Esler, D., Holderied, K., McKinstry, C., Monson, D., Renner, M., Robinson, B., Suryan, R. and B. Weitzman. 2023. Does larval supply matter? Relating meroplankton variability with benthic invertebrate abundance in Prince William Sound. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023, online.

REPORTS

Campbell, R.W. 2023. Temperature trends in Prince William Sound. pp 156 in: Ferris B., and S. Zador (Eds.). Ecosystem Status Report 2023: Gulf of Alaska. North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Campbell, R.W. 2023. Monitoring the Oceanographic Conditions of Prince William Sound. Report to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Gulf Watch Alaska project.

OUTREACH

Delta Sound Connections

Campbell, R.W. Extreme close up! Counting plankton with cameras.

Campbell, R.W. Identifying and counting salmon as they pass with in-water cameras and computers.

 

ALYSHA D. CYPHER, PH.D.

PRESENTATIONS

Cypher, A. D., Gill, A., Linbo, T., Cameron, J., Gregg, J., Hershberger, P., Whithead, A., Scholz, N., Incardona J. Early life cardiotoxicity after crude oil exposure varies by population in Pacific herring. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Cypher, A. D., Statscewich, H., Campbell, R., Danielson, S., Eiler, J., Bishop, M. A. Detection efficiency of an autonomous underwater glider-mounted acoustic receiver for acoustic tagged Pacific herring. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Cypher A.D., Hoffman, K., Eckert, G., Whissel, J., Campbell, R., Fong, Q., Good, M., Hollarsmith, J., Kelley, A., Konar, B., Long, C., Pinchuk, A., Rehberg, M., Schaefer, A., Umanzor, S., Bochenek, R. Sustainable mariculture development for restoration and economic benefit in the EVOS spill area: An Introduction to the ReCon. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

SCOTT PEGAU, PH.D.

REPORTS

Morella, J., W.S. Pegau, and J. Zhaner. 2023. Prince William Sound Herring. In. Ferriss, B. E.. 2023. Ecosystem Status Report 2023: Gulf of Alaska, Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Report, North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Pegau, W.S. 2023. Herring Program – Program Coordination. Long-Term Herring Research and Monitoring Final Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Project 21120111-A), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Suryan, R. M., M. R. Lindeberg, M. L. Arimitsu, D. Esler, H. A. Coletti, R. R. Hopcroft, & W.S. Pegau. 2023. Gulf Watch Alaska: Long-term research and monitoring in the Gulf of Alaska.

PRESENTATIONS

Pegau, W.S., Y. Arimitsu, J. Morella, and J. Zahner. PWS Forage Fish. Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Science Night. 2023.

Pegau, W.S. Status of PWS Herring. Prince William Sound Natural History Symposium, 2023.

Mearns, A., W.S. Pegau, R. Campbell, D. Janka, and B. Robinson. Volunteer monitoring of intertidal habitats. Prince William Sound Natural History Symposium 2023.

Pegau, W.S. and M. Collins. Aerial surveys provide age-1 herring and forage fish indices for monitoring in Prince William Sound. (poster) Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Mearns, A., D. Janka, R. Campbell, B. Robinson, and W.S. Pegau. Volunteer-driven annual photography: Documenting the range of natural variability of rocky intertidal communities. (poster) Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Donnelly, D., M. Arimitsu, W.S. Pegau, and J. Piatt. A bird’s eye view of forage fish: Spatio-temporal variability of forage fish schools in Prince William Sound, AK as revealed by aerial surveys. (poster) Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Arimitsu, M. D. Cushing, J. Durban, S. Hatch, R. Kaler, K. Kuletz, L. Labunski, C. Matkin, J. Moran, D. Olsen, W.S. Pegau, J. Piatt, J. Straley, S. Whelan, and L. Wild. Changes in marine predator and prey populations in the Northern Gulf of Alaska: Gulf Watch Alaska pelagic update 2022. (poster) Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

OUTREACH

Pegau, W.S., Oil Spill Recovery Institute Overview, presentation to the Board of Cook Inlet Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. 2023.

 

PETER S. RAND, PH.D.

PUBLICATIONS

Fukushima, M., and P.S. Rand. 2023. Individual variation in spawning migration timing in a salmonid fish – exploring roles of environmental and social cues. Ecology and Evolution 13(5):e10101.

May, S. A., K. R. Shedd, P.S. Rand., and P. A. H. Westley. 2023. Tidal gradients, fine-scale homing, and a potential cryptic ecotype of wild spawning pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha). Molecular Ecology 32(21):5838-5848.

Rand, P.S., and G. T. Ruggerone. 2024. Biennial patterns in Alaskan sockeye salmon ocean growth are associated with pink salmon abundance in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science, fsae022.

PRESENTATIONS

May, S., J. McMahon, P.S. Rand, and P. Westley. A possible cryptic ecotype in wild Alaska pink salmon (O. gorbuscha): Tidal boundaries drive fine-scale homing to natal incubation sites. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Gorman, K., and P.S. Rand. Consequences of variation in body size, condition, physiological state, and in-river conditions for spawning migration success by Alaskan salmon: a three-year telemetry study of Copper River sockeye. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Rand, P.S. The biology and status of wild salmon in the North Pacific. Sapporo Wild Salmon Project online presentation, Sapporo, Japan. January 2023.

Rand, P.S. Migration study of sockeye salmon in the Copper River. PWSSC Tuesday Night Talk, Cordova, AK. March 2023.

Gorze, D., and P.S. Rand. Copper River salmon studies. Native American Fish & Wildlife (NAFWS) national annual conference, Anchorage, AK. April 2023.

Rand, P.S. The biology and status of wild salmon in the North Pacific. Invited presentation, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. May 2023.

Rand, P.S. Summary of status of endangered Asian salmonids (Hucho spp. and Parahucho perryi): Results of recent studies. International Unions for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List Assessment Workshop, Tokyo, Japan. May 2023.

Rand, P.S., R. Campbell, K. Gorman, R. Heintz. Summary of salmon-herring interactions project. Gulf Watch Alaska team meeting, Anchorage, AK. November 2023.

Rand, P.S. and K. Gorman. Spawning migration success by Copper River sockeye salmon: Body size, physiology, and environment. World Fisheries Congress, Seattle, Washington. March 2024.

REPORTS

Rand, P.S. and K. Gorman. Evaluating factors related to inriver adult mortality in Copper River salmon. Final Report (Project 54013) to NOAA Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund. January 2024.

Rand, P.S., R. Campbell, K. Gorman, and R. Heintz. Ecological interactions between Pacific herring and Pacific salmon in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Annual Project Report (Project Number: 23220111-I), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Gulf Watch Alaska Program. February 2024.

Rand, P.S. Vulnerability assessment: describing and modeling factors affecting migratory success of Copper River sockeye salmon (Cooperative Agreement Grant No. P22AC01027-00), National Park Service. January 2024.

OUTREACH

Delta Sound Connections

Rand, P.S., and K. Gorman. New study to investigate interactions between Pacific herring and pink salmon.

Rand, P.S. The good and bad news about salmon and climate change in Alaska.

Gorman, K., T. Linley, P.S. Rand, and T. Sformo. Using otolith geochemistry to understand watershed origins of Arctic salmon.

 

ANNE SCHAEFER, M.S.

REPORTS

Schaefer, A. 2023. Mariculture with Biological Communities: Marine Birds. Included in: Decker, J., G. Eckert, K. Hoffman, and J. Whissel. 2023. Sustainable mariculture development for restoration and economic benefit in the EVOS spill area. Annual report to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (Project 22220302). Cordova, AK.

Schaefer, A. and M. A. Bishop. 2023. Long-term monitoring of marine bird abundance and habitat associations during fall and winter in Prince William Sound. Final Report to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (Project 21120114-E.). Cordova, AK.

Schaefer, A. and M. A. Bishop. 2023. Marine bird winter surveys in Prince William Sound. Final Report to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (Contract 9110.23.01). Cordova, AK.

PRESENTATIONS

Bishop, M. A. and A. Schaefer. 2023. Marine bird winter surveys in Prince William Sound. Presentation to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Board. September 2023.

Cypher, A., K. Hoffman, G. Eckert, J. Decker, J. Whissel, R. Campbell, Q. Fong, M. Good, J. Hollarsmith, A. Kelley, B. Konar, C. Long, A. Pinchuk, M. Rehberg, A. Schaefer, S. Umanzor, and R. Bochenek. Sustainable mariculture development for restoration and economic benefit in the EVOS spill area: An introduction to Mar Recon. (poster) Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

Schaefer, A., K. Gorman, and M. A. Bishop. 2023. Resolving the pelagic distribution of tufted puffins: non-breeding season movements and associations with oceanographic features. Alaska Marine Science Symposium 2023.

OUTREACH

Delta Sound Connections

Bishop, M. A. and A. Schaefer: Plastics pollution and migrating shorebirds on the Copper River Delta.

Schaefer, A. and S. Oehlers: Investigating the suspected decline of a rare seabird.

Schaefer, A: Examining interactions between marine birds and mariculture development.

Schaefer, A. and A. Cypher: Meet the Mar Recon!

 

Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Todd Telesz (2017-20, 2020-23, 2023-26)
Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Tri-State Generation and Transmission
Parker, Colorado

Robyn McGhee (2021-24)
1st Vice Chair
Conoco Phillips Alaska, Inc.
Anchorage

Katherine Dugan (2021-24)
2nd Vice Chair
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Valdez

Tommy Sheridan (2018-21, 2021-24)
Secretary
Fisheries Consultant
Cordova

Thea Thomas (2017-20, 2020-23, 2023-26)
Treasurer
Area E Drift Gillnetter
Cordova

Katrina Hoffman
President and CEO, Ex-officio
Prince William Sound Science Center
Cordova

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS

Chuck Meacham (2007-10, 2010-13, 2013-16)
President, Capital Consulting
Gig Harbor, Washington

Meera Kohler (1998-2008, 2011-14)
CEO, Retired
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
Anchorage

ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS

Craig Tillery (2017-20, 2020-23, 2023-26)
Deputy Attorney General, Retired
Alaska Department of Law
Anchorage

Chris Rurik (2020-23, 2023-26)
Director
The Russell Family Foundation
Gig Harbor, Washington

Peter Andersen (2021-24)
Chief Operating Officer, Chugach Alaska Corporation
Anchorage

Robin Reich (2023-26)
President
Solstice Alaska Consulting
Anchorage

Scott Hicks (2023-26)
Retired
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Belgrade, Montana

Douglas Causey (2023-25)
Professor, Dept Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage

Mead Treadwell (2023-26)
Owner, Treadwell Development
Anchorage

Walt Wrede (2023-2026)
Retired
Anchorage

Jacques White (2023-2025)
Chief Executive Officer, Long Live the Kings
Seattle, Washington

OUR MISSION IS TO ADVANCE COMMUNITY RESILIENCE AND THE UNDERSTANDING AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF ECOSYSTEMS.


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