James Hastie

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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.

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James Hastie received a PhD in Resource Economics in 1987 from Oregon State University and immediately began working for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Jim has been on the Pacific Council’s groundfish management team since 1993 and has served as co-chair from 2000 to 2003. He is currently the Program Manager for the Population Ecology Program and the Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

Interview contains discussions of: fishery management, fishery economics, stock assessments, Pacific ground fish management plans, economic analyses and models, data collection and review management, fishery surveys, catch share program management, Pacific Fisheries Council, Individual Transferable Quota [ITQ] programs, sable fish stock management, by-catch management, trip limits, trawl fisheries, fixed gear fisheries.

James Hastie provides a detailed account of the management of groundfish in the Northwest. He discusses the impacts of regulations on market shares; how stock assessments are conducted; the importance of recognizing and supporting staff; and the decreasing funds to do stock assessments. He ends his interview discussing the future of his field and with advice for someone interested in pursuing his career.

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