December 14, 2018

Andy Mezirow joins NPRB Board


The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has named Andy Mezirow as its new representative on the North Pacific Research Board. He succeeds Dan Hull, whose Council term ended this fall. NPRB welcomes Andy to the Board and Executive Committee and thanks Dan for his four years of service (2014-2018) as the Council representative to NPRB, including Dan’s exceptional and dedicated service in chairing the Board.

Andy brings a wealth of relevant experience to NPRB, including significant involvement in marine research. He has spent his adult life exploring, fishing, and teaching others about the ocean. After financing his way through college by commercial fishing for swordfish and halibut in the Northeast, he spent years working as a captain and officer on oceanographic research vessels that sailed the world, from Borneo to Siberia. In 1995 he moved north to take the position of Chief Navigation Officer on the University Alaska R/V Alpha Helix.  Subsequently he started a business as a saltwater guide and is still fishing daily every summer. He split his career between fishing in Alaska and teaching Mariners and Young Fishermen at the State of Alaska Maritime Training Center. Along the way he became a fisheries advisor to several administrations and four years ago became the Recreational Fishing Representative and voting member on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.   Now a long-time Alaskan, Andy’s roots in the Northeast still shape his interest in lifelong teaching and learning: his father Jack pioneered a groundbreaking theory of transformative education and adult learning at Columbia University, and Andy graduated from the Putney School in Vermont before earning his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Fisheries Management in Washington state.   Welcome aboard!