Spring 2013

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Thursday, 23 May
4:00 SAFS 102

Richard Whitney

Professor Emeritus, Former Leader-Washington Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, Professor-UW School of Fisheries

My Fisheries Management Experience with Judge George H. Boldt in his Case United States v. The State of Washington


Richard Whitney was Judge Boldt's Fisheries Technical Advisor from March 1974, a month after he handed down the decision, until 1979 when the United State Supreme Court reviewed and affirmed the decision. He was Leader of the Washington Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (Title then) and Professor at the School of Fisheries, University of Washington from 1967 to 1984, where he taught a five-credit course in Fisheries Management and supervised graduate students in their research programs.

Prior to that he held research positions, including Chief of Tuna Behavior Research at the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Laboratory at LaJolla CA (1961 to 1967) and Project Leader of the Susquehanna Fishery Study at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory at Solomons, Maryland (1958-1961). From 1954 to 1958 he was a Research Biologist for UCLA on the Salton Sea Project, whose objective was to introduce a sport fish into that saline lake.

During his service at the University of Washington and after retirement, Richard served on a long list of advisory and peer review groups ranging from the Connecitcut River Studies for Yale University, to the Columbia River for the mid-Columbia Public Utility Districts and for the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Commission.

Richard received his B.A.(1949) and M.S. (1951) degrees from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and his PhD degree from Iowa State University in 1955, with minors in entomolgy and statistics.

Richard has received a long list of awards, most notably, a signed photograph of Judge George H. Boldt (With deep appreciation for outstanding service to the court, 1978), Secretary of Interior James G. Watt Citation for Meritorious Service (1982), American Fisheries Society Elected to National Fisheries Management Hall of Excellence (2008), American Fisheries Society Western Division Award of Excellence in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Fields of Fishery Science and Aquatic Biology (1980), American Fisheries Society North Pacific Chapter Worthy Coelocanth Award (1980).

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