Current IPHC Responsibilities:
As the Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS) manager, I am responsible for managing the IPHC FISS. With three (3) other Secretariat staff, I work to implement the FISS, which includes such duties as directing the contracting of vessels upon which we deploy our seasonal field staff (sea samplers), FISS design and operations, and data analysis and documentation.
I graduated in 1983 from the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology/zoology. Several summers at the Bamfield Marine Station cemented my interest in working in the marine environment. After spending a summer deployed to a field camp, where I tagged salmon and conducted stream surveys for tag recovery, I applied for work with the IPHC. In 1986, I began working seasonally as a technician. I spent over 20 summers at sea on research and FISS vessels with the IPHC. Over the course of my IPHC career, I was an age reader, supervised the tagging program, became the Canadian Port Sampler Supervisor in 1992 and eventually moved into the FISS program in 2006 when I became the FISS Coordinator and now the FISS Manager since 2016.