Dr. Bigelow is a fishery biologist at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. During the 2012 meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), Dr. Bigelow distinguished himself with his work as science advisor for the U.S. delegation. He provided scientific advice and interpretation of fisheries stock status information leading up to and during the WCPFC meeting. Of note was Dr. Bigelow’s work on the U.S. proposal for oceanic whitetip shark; where the U.S. was successful in obtaining the approval for a WCPFC Conservation and Management Measure banning fishery retention of this species in the Central and Western Pacific Ocean. His cooperative efforts directly contributed to the successful adoption of this measure.
In honor of this recognition, Dr. Bigelow will receive a certificate signed and presented by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Dr. Jane Lubchenco. The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center and Regional Office congratulate Dr. Bigelow on this recognition and for his many contributions to WCPFC and NOAA Fisheries.