Keynote and Invited Speaker Biographies


Session 1: Fisheries bycatch—biological and ecological issues

Session 2: Economic and social considerations of bycatch

Session 3: Accounting for bycatch of nontarget fish species

Session 4: Solutions for monitoring protected and endangered species

Session 5: Gear developments and other technological solutions

Session 6: Fishery regulatory approaches and solutions

Session 7: Industry initiatives, solutions, and cooperative research

Steven Murawski, Keynote Speaker

Steven A. Murawski is professor and the St. Petersburg Partnership–Peter Betzer Endowed Chair of Biological Oceanography at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. He is a fishery biologist with 38 years of professional experience. Dr. Murawski worked at NOAA for 35 years, where he retired as the Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service. In the Gulf of Mexico region he has been actively involved in assessing the environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and its implications for fisheries. Murawski is principal investigator for the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) funded through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. He and his graduate students also assess the status of fishery stocks in the Gulf of Mexico, with emphasis on reef fish stocks. This includes a program to develop new technologies focusing on remote sensing applications for assessing reef fishes. Murawski is a USA delegate to the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, and recently served as vice-president of ICES. He is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Ocean Studies Board.

Shijie Zhou, Invited Speaker

Shijie Zhou is a principal research scientist at Marine and Atmospheric Research, CSIRO, Australia. Early in his career, Shijie was interested in fish biology and behavior when he was a lecturer at Xiamen University in China. He received a PhD in fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and worked on crab biology, fisheries, and gear technology with the State of Alaska. He became a biometrician with the State of Oregon working on salmon stock assessment and data analyses. During the same period he was a member of the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission, and a member of the Scientific and Statistical Committer of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. His research interests include stock assessment, ecological risk assessment, bycatch and discards, methods for data-poor species, Bayesian modeling, and fisheries management. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers and a similar number of scientific reports, and is an editor for ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Gordon Gislason, Invited Speaker

Gordon Gislason is a consulting statistician and economist with 40 years experience analyzing fisheries—capture, aquaculture, processing, recreational—and energy, mining, and resource-based tourism sectors. He has written extensively on fisheries catch shares, allocation, and catch monitoring policy initiatives and their linkages. In particular, he has identified the crucial importance of comprehensive catch monitoring of landings plus discards to meeting the sustainability test and to instilling public confidence in fisheries management. Gislason also has served as an expert witness in a variety of fisheries compensation legal cases.

James Nance, Invited Speaker

James Nance currently serves as the acting director at the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center's Galveston Laboratory in Galveston, Texas. He received his PhD from Texas A&M University and has been at the Galveston Laboratory for more than 30 years. Throughout his career his research interests have been focused on the southeast shrimp fisheries, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico. Areas of research have involved shrimp fishery management, population dynamics, fishery effort modeling, and bycatch estimation. He has served as a member of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Shrimp SSC since the late 1980s.

Lotte Kindt-Larsen, Invited Speaker

Lotte Kindt-Larsen is PhD student at the Danish Technical University (DTU Aqua). She is mainly working on projects related to fisheries and marine mammal interactions. Much of her work has been on the implementation of CCTV cameras onboard commercial fishing vessels, monitoring bycatch of marine mammals and discards of cod. Further, she has worked on behavioral studies of porpoises in relation to acoustic alarms, development of new sounds, habituation, and habitat exclusion. Currently she is finishing up her PhD on management of fisheries in harbor porpoise protected areas.

Heui-Chun An, Invited Speaker

Heui-Chun An is a senior researcher in the Fisheries Engineering Division of the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute in Gangwon-Do, Korea, where he has conducted research since 1986. He earned his PhD in fisheries science from Pukyong National University. His current projects include developing an LED fishing light, developing biodegradable fishing material, and engineering an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture system. He was a visiting scientist at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle in 2005-2006, and has co-convened fisheries bycatch and technology meetings for the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Alan Haynie, Invited Speaker

Alan Haynie is an economist at the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Haynie has analyzed bycatch management measures and fleet behavior in various fisheries including the Bering Sea pollock and the BSAI (Bering Sea Aleutian Islands) Amendment 80 fisheries. His work on bycatch involves the design and evaluation of bycatch reduction incentives, understanding the impacts of individual and common pool bycatch quotas on fisher behavior, and the assessment of dynamic and fixed bycatch closure effectiveness. Haynie oversees the spatial economics toolbox for fisheries (FishSET), a NOAA Fisheries initiative to improve the spatial modeling of fisheries. He has loved seafood since before he could walk.

John Gauvin, Invited Speaker

John Gauvin has an MS in resource economics from the University of Rhode Island and is currently the fisheries science director for the Alaska Seafood Cooperative. Over the last 25 years he has worked in fisheries management as a fishery economist, and completed various consulting contracts with NOAA Fisheries, regional fishery management councils, FAO, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Since 1997, Gauvin has focused on cooperative research to develop solutions to environmental issues such as gear modifications to reduce bycatch, and revamping flatfish trawls to reduce seafloor habitat effects. This work has involved extensive collaborations with scientists at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center and universities, and with fishing captains and vessel owners. Gauvin also serves on the board of directors of the North Pacific Research Board and is president of the Marine Conservation Alliance.