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DATE: October 8, 2012 2:57:13 PM PDT
Former Alaskan Longline Fisher and Author Dean Adams Coming to Western's Huxley College of the Environment Oct. 12

Contact: Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-3520.

BELLINGHAM – Author Dean Adams will present “A Fisherman's Perspective of the Individual Fishing Quota System in Alaska - Before, During, and After Implementation” as part of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 in CF 125  on the Western campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

The initiation of the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) system in 1995 marked the end of the "derby fisheries" for the halibut and sablefish longline fisheries in Alaska. Adams' career in commercial longline fishing spanned the "derby years" and extended into the IFQ fishery. The IFQ system, a radical departure from traditional fishery management, has resulted in extended fishing seasons, minimized waste and bycatch of target and nontarget species, improved safety for the fishing industry, and improved food quality. As a consequence, the economic value of the resource has increase substantially.

Adams participated in the federal fisheries management process leading up to the implementation of the IFQ system both individually and as a representative for the Fishing Vessel Owners Association, a Seattle-based group of owner/operators in the Alaska longline fishery. He will tell the story from his perspective, which will include discussion of problems associated with the IFQ system – some anticipated, and some, not.

The remaining fall quarter speakers in the Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series are:

Anyone interested in these topics is encouraged to come and participate; the presentation will include a question-and-answer period.  The speaker series is held by Western's Huxley College of the Environment to bring together the environmentally minded community and other interested members of the WWU and Bellingham communities.  Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.

For more information, please contact the main office of Huxley College of the Environment, at (360) 650-3520.

Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized national leader in producing the next generation of environmental stewards. The College’s academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world.  This innovative and interdisciplinary approach makes Huxley unique. The College has earned international recognition for the quality of its programs.

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