Vanessa Tuttle graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Marine Biology. She worked as a NOAA Fisheries Observer in Alaska, off the West Coast in the hake fishery, and the Gulf of Mexico. After that, she worked for Auburn University as a research assistant studying red snapper. Vanessa joined the FRAM Division in Seattle in 2002.
Vanessa oversees the At-sea Hake Observer Program including all aspects of training, in-season advising and the final debriefing of observers. She focuses on ensuring data quality, industry outreach, sampling protocols, biological data collection and special research data collections such as salmon and rockfish genetics. As time allows, she still goes out to sea on NWFSC surveys to keep her fish identification skills sharp.