Christofer Boggs | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Christofer Boggs

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Voices from the Science Centers

Voices from the Science Centers is an oral history initiative dedicated to documenting the institutional knowledge of fisheries scientists and administrators in the labs of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers.

Collection doi
10.VSC/1234567890
Interviewer
Date of Interview
07-27-2016
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Biographical Sketch

Chris Boggs is a Supervisory Fisheries Research Biologist and the Director of the Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center [PIFSC] in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Hawaii Manoa. He received his Master's in Oceanography and Limnology as well as his PhD. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He began working at the Honolulu Laboratory in 1985 before it became the PIFSC.  He has spent the early part of his career studying tuna.

Interview contains discussion of: limonology, tuna physioecology, Aku fishing, sea turtles, tuna, cetaceans, tagging, marine protected areas.

Dr. Chris Boggs discusses his education and how he came to work with the Fisheries Research and Monitoring Division at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. He recounts the history of the Honolulu lab which became the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center. He describes the various tools and methods employed over the years, along with the bureaucracy that he believes slows down and even stifles their work. He speaks in detail about tuna physiology, exploration, stock assessments and population, along with fisheries development. He provides a history of the tuna industry from Aku fishing to longlining. He also reads a “legend” story that he composed based on his experiences.


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