NPRB advisory, science panels have seats to fill

Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 2 by the North Pacific Research Board for one seat on its advisory panel representing the Gulf of Alaska, and two science panel seats representing social science and/or indigenous scholarship.

The advisory panel represents stakeholders, user groups and other interested parties from regions within the board’s purview: Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea and the arctic, and one at-large seat. Appointments are for three-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

The advisory panel advises the NPRB on accomplishing its overall mission of research to improve understanding of the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, and Arctic Ocean ecosystems and their fisheries, and to sustain and enhance marine resources.

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Applicants for the science panel should have expertise in one or more of the following categories: social science, including but not limited to anthropology, geography, political science, sociology and resource management; indigenous knowledge and governance systems in Alaska.

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The NPRB, based in Anchorage, is also seeking to fill the post of executive director, currently held by Betsy Baker, who has served in that role since November 2016. Applications were accepted through Oct. 31. A review of applications was slated for November, with an anticipated start date for the new executive director on Feb. 1, 2020.

The NPRB’s annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium is scheduled for Jan. 26-31 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.