Several awards were presented at the Chapter Meeting Banquet on October 25 in Kodiak. All recipients were present to receive their awards. The Wally Noerenberg Award for Fishery Excellence is the highest award bestowed by the Alaska Chapter. It honors anindividual’s life-long achievements in a career focused on Alaska’s fisheries. The committee selected Chuck Meachum for the 2012 award. Chuck’s fisheries career has spanned over 30 years in Alaska and has ranged from research in Bristol Bay and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill to being a Deputy Commissioner with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The Awards Committee selected Bill Bechtol for the Alaska Chapter Service Award. Bill was honored for his active involvement and leadership in the Chapter, including his service as editor of Oncorhynchus and his past service as Chapter President.