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Phil Rigby

Phil Rigby  
  Title: Program Manager
Division: Auke Bay Laboratories
Phone: (907) 789-6653
Address: Auke Bay Laboratories
Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute
17109 Pt. Lena Loop Road
Juneau, AK 99801

Current Activities
Phil currently manages the Marine Ecology and Stock Assessment (MESA) Program. The MESA program conducts a wide variety of studies from benthic habitat to oceanography and ecosystem processes; manages the Alaska longline annual survey; and provides stock assessments for sablefish, grenadier, sharks, and Gulf of Alaska rockfish. In an attempt to facilitate research as program manager, Phil provides planning guidance, product quality control, and budget and personnel management; promotes staff development, teamwork, and safety; and occasionally passes along the vision thing.

Phil has a B.S. in wildlife management (1969) and an MPA, with an emphasis in natural resource management (1993), from the University of Alaska. He began his professional career in Kodiak with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game working on the shrimp research and Chignik salmon projects and became the state’s first groundfish biologist in 1976. Phil was an original member of both the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea – Aleutian Islands groundfish plan teams and served on the NPFMC’s SSC. One fine day in August 1998 after 28 years with ADF&G Phil retired and went to work the following week at ABL as the Groundfish Program Manager. He continues to view the changing assignments as his fun job: slogging through the ever increasing bureaucratic assignments, while attempting to promote and conduct essential research with declining budgets, and enhance collaborations with other AFSC programs, agencies, and universities.

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