Jason E. Jannot
Jason is a fisheries scientist with over 10 years of experience leading US and international marine fisheries data projects and communicating complex fisheries analyses to fishery managers, scientists, and stakeholders. He is motivated by challenging issues which is why he gravitated to, and specializes in, fisheries bycatch and fisheries-dependent data collection and analyses. He started his career in fisheries as an observer in NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center observer program in the early 1990’s after receiving a BS in Biology (Allegheny College). He took a detour into freshwater ecology during his Masters (Montana State University) and PhD (Purdue University) degrees. After completing a post-doc and securing a tenure-track faculty position, Jason decided to return to marine commercial fisheries as a data analyst with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center observer program where he led a variety of projects related to commercial fisheries bycatch of Pacific halibut, marine mammals, and seabirds. For nearly 10 years, he led the ESA-listed bycatch reporting for the Pacific Fishery Management Council. In 2015, Jason and a group of collaborators comprised of fishery managers, scientists, and stakeholders were awarded the USFWS Presidential Migratory Bird Stewardship Award for their work on seabird bycatch mitigation in the US West Coast longline sablefish fishery. In 2022, Jason became the Fisheries Data Services Branch Manager for the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) where he led and managed the dockside catch sampling, fisheries data, and otolith age-reading programs. In his spare time, Jason has developed hobbies typical of his adopted home in the Pacific Northwest—skiing, hiking, and biking but also maintains a connection to his roots in Appalachia by playing bluegrass banjo in jam sessions around the Puget Sound.