Over 75 people turned out June 8 to honor hatchery
manager Gary Martinek with a Fisheries Achievement Award in tribute to his over
25 years of pioneering otolith marking techniques and improving sockeye salmon
hatchery management practices.
Prince William Sound Science Center presented the award before
the Copper River Nouveau, its annual fine dining and auction fundraiser at the
Martinek retired about two years ago as manager of the
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation’s Gulkana Hatchery.
This year’s Copper River Nouveau guest chef was Nancy
Alip, owner and executive chef of Jens’ Restaurant in Anchorage.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was the honorary host for
this dinner, which offers gourmet food and opportunities to meet with federal
and regional elected officials, scientists, educators, fishermen and others
dedicated to maintaining socioeconomic resilience among healthy ecosystems.
The dinner, plus a silent and live auction help raise
funds for the center’s research and education projects.
“Timed to celebrate the return of wild salmon, Copper River Nouveau
is a celebration of regional resilience, science, education, our community, and
wild salmon,” said Katrina Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of
“The funds raised at Copper River Nouveau are critical to the
Science Center’s ability to carry out its mission, and PWSSC’s success is
bolstered by the generosity shown by so many each year. At this year’s Nouveau,
the Science Center revealed their plans for a new campus at Shelter Cove, and
with that reveal, officially launched the public phase of their capital
campaign, looking forward to their next 30 years of success,” she said.
And, Hoffman added in a letter to The Cordova Times
editor, “at our gala, generous locals and visitors alike blew our past
fundraising records out of the water while enjoying an incredible four-course
“It was fulfilling to see all the support for what we’ve
done to advance community resilience and the understanding and sustainable use
of ecosystems over the past 30 years, as well as the excitement about where
we’re going as we revealed concepts for our new campus,” she said.
Major sponsors for this year’s event included
ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobile, Rim Architects, The Eyak Corp., Chugach Alaska
Corp., CoBank, Trident Seafoods, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., Birch Horton
Bittner & Cherot, Boeing, BP, Cascadia Cross-Border Law, GCI, Lynden,
Matson, Meera Kohler and Ocean Beauty Seafoods.
“We couldn’t have done it without the help of about 40
dedicated volunteers from all over town,” Katrina Hoffman said. “Thanks to our
awesome community — the ‘Nouveau glow’ will last a long time. Thanks for
sharing the love, Cordova!”
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