Behymer named 2018 Fisheries Achievement Award recipient

Retired pilot Roger Behymer has been awarded the Prince William Sound Science Center’s 2018 Fisheries Achievement Award.

The award was presented on June 9 by Katrina Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of PWSSC, prior to the Copper River Nouveau.

Behymer, who was unable to attend, was nominated by retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Steve Moffitt.

“When Roger speaks, he doesn’t say much and when he does, people listen,” Hoffman said, praising his attention to detail and his humility.

Hoffman canvassed Behymer’s friends and also former colleagues prior to the award ceremony to gather more information and stories.

“Torie Baker reminded me that as a pilot for Cordova Air Service, he did more than fly surveys,” Hoffman said. “He flew fishermen to and from our community. He kept them safe. He kept them alive. And in doing so, he kept families together and the value of that cannot be understated.”

Former ADF&G management biologist Tommy Sheridan, who flew with Behymer for five summers starting in 2011, spoke on behalf of Behymer.

He also praised Behymer for his consistency, accuracy, and understanding of the region’s resources.

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.