Max Beeken – Fisheries Observer (Alaska)
My experience at OIMB sparked my interest in marine policy and environmental issues and got me interested in the fishing industry. After graduation I worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sampling the catches in the salmon and rockfish fisheries. Currently I work with a company that contractswith the National Marine Fisheries Service to provide on-board biologists for the commercial fishing fleet in Alaska. I have had the opportunity to explore some very remote places in Alaska and encounter many different types of interesting marine life, and learn first-hand about the policy and environmental issues of the industry.