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2013 NW Straits Annual Conference - Dan Tonnes NOAA biologist discusses his work on rockfish in the Salish Sea.
Rockfish Recovery: Close to 1,200 square miles of Puget Sound were recently designated critical habitat for three species of endangered rockfish: yelloweye, canary and bocaccio. These are particularly long-lived species; historically caught in commercial and recreational fisheries around the region. Rockfish recovery has long been a priority of several MRCs. In this presentation Dan will give us a brief update on the critical habitat
designation and discuss some ideas for needed restoration work to help improve the chances for recovering these rockfish, including opportunities for MRCs.
Dan Tonnes has worked for NOAA as a biologist since 1999, where he has focused on diverse issues, ranging from long-term watershed habitat conservation plans to fisheries management and research of nearshore and estuary environments. He served as Board Vice President of Fundación ProPesca, which is an organization that promotes the development and implementation of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture management in Central America and the Caribbean. Dan has a US Coast Guard Inland Master 100 Gross Tons Merchant Marine License and has worked as a boat captain on sport fishing boats in the Puget Sound and Alaska and on passenger ferries and oil spill response vessels. He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning from Seattle Pacific University and a master’s in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and is a Kinship Conservation Fellow.