Bevan Seminar Series, Thursday with John Garner

Please join the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences for our free public symposium, the Bevan Series, featuring internationally-recognized experts.

The 2015 Bevan Series is organized around a collection of current controversies in fisheries, with small groups of speakers to provide alternative perspectives on the issues at hand. We will discuss commercial whaling, seafood certification, the efficacy of marine protected areas, and inter-sectoral allocation in fisheries management.  We invite you to join us for 10 informative lectures and take your place at the leading edge of marine conservation.

Thursday, March 5, 4:30 PM, social follows

University of Washington, Fishery Sciences Auditorium, 102
1122 NE Boat Street, Seattle, Washington


The battle over who regulates our fisheries: sustainable management systems through the eyes of government regulators and non-governmental organizations

Governments regulate fisheries for, among other reasons, assuring a supply of food from the oceans. In many cases, environmental organizations believe the regulations should be different than they are. In cases where they have been unable to achieve change from government, these “eNGO” groups have utilized a strategy to force change through the marketplace. These groups have supported establishment of 3rd party organizations that determine which fisheries are sustainably managed and those that are not (in their opinion). Sellers of seafood are then pressured by the eNGO community to boycott or avoid fisheries that are not certified by these 3rd party organizations, hoping that this boycott will force change they could not otherwise achieve. The issue then is whether certification systems should regulate the fisheries or government. This talk will have a specific focus on federally managed US fisheries, but will be applicable to the broader global debate now taking place.


Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, John Garner began commercial fishing during summers in the 1960s, fishing salmon, crab and herring in Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound, Bristol Bay, Togiak and Cook Inlet. He was educated at Seattle University (BA) and the University of Washington Law School (JD). From 1974 to 1979 he served as a hearing officer and later as commissioner of Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. He was also a member of the Alaska board of fisheries from 1983–1987. After commercial fishing and practicing law independently for 8 years, he joined NorQuest Seafoods in 1988, as vice president. He served as president of the Alaska Crab Association from 2001–2004, before returning to NorQuest as president. After Trident Seafood’s purchase of NorQuest, he became director of Trident’s salmon group, and later vice president of sales. In 2014 Garner left Trident to become chief operating officer at North Pacific Seafoods.  Garner has also served as board member and president of SeaShare, a non–profit based on Bainbridge Island, Washington that delivers seafood to America’s Food Banks. From 2012–2014 he served as board member and treasurer for the Prince William Sound Science Center. He is a past board member of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and is a member of the Alaska Bar Association.



The Bevan Series is generously funded by the Donald E. Bevan Endowed Fund in Fisheries, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and Washington Sea Grant. The Bevan Series was founded by Tanya Bevan, as a tribute to her late husband, Don Bevan. Don’s academic career spanned almost 50 years at the University of Washington, during which time he was director of the School of Fisheries and dean of the College of Fisheries. His work focused on the key intersection between science, economics, and politics, and he was deeply involved in the enactment and reauthorization of the Magnuson Act which governs America’s marine fisheries. He worked tirelessly to ensure that fisheries managers, industry and scientists spoke with a unified voice in changing federal regulations, and also helped found what is now the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

The Bevan Series seeks to continue the legacy of Don Bevan’s legacy by examining current issues affecting fisheries and marine conservation. We try to represent as many viewpoints as possible, focusing on solutions, not just problems.

Dr. Daniel Schindler

View the full seminar schedule on the 2015 Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries.

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