Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ABSC Names Goen as Executive Director

Fisheries industry veteran Jamie Goen has joined Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC) as executive director.

Goen, who holds a master’s degree in marine policy from the University of Washington, has extensive experience in fisheries management. In her work and travels she has sailed every ocean except the Arctic.

“Throughout my career, I have been drawn to stakeholders and their role in managing resources, helping them navigate process and encouraging their voice,” Goen said.

After graduate school Goen worked briefly for the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners Association’s vessel safety program, before joining the National Marine Fisheries Service for 15 years, predominantly working on catch share programs. Most of her time there was spent with the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery, working on the limited entry fixed gear sablefish permit stacking program, and as the lead on implementation of the trawl rationalization program.

She also spent a year in New England working on the Atlantic Sea Scallop quota program, and later on temporary special assignment as the congressional affairs liaison to the head of NOAA Fisheries, handling all congressional requests, helping to prepare briefing materials for congressional hearings and coordinating national announcements of high profile federal actions.

Most recently, at the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), Goen was charged with overseeing their data collection programs from fisheries and fisheries-independent surveys, and also was involved in regulations and fisheries policy.

ABSC members are engaged in harvesting king, snow and bairdi crab in the Bering Sea and are actively involved in scientific research, policy development and marketing, with a commitment to the sustainability of the Bering Sea crab fishery.

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