February 3, 2011

Longtime Fisheries Expert to Head Fisheries Forum

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 3, 2011

CONTACT: Erin McKenzie
(919) 613-3652

John Henderschedt, a longtime fisheries expert, recently joined the Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum (Fisheries Forum) as its first executive director.

The Fisheries Forum is a partnership among four of the nation’s leading academic and policy institutions: Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Center for Ocean Solutions and the Environmental Defense Fund

As a neutral convener, the Fisheries Forum provides professional development, continuing education and networking opportunities for members of the regional fishery management councils. It facilitates communication between regions and across disciplines, and does not advocate for specific fishery approaches or policies. 

Since his appointment to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in 2008, Henderschedt has participated in many of the events that the Fisheries Forum organizes for regional fishery management council members.

“Fisheries Forum has had a significant and positive influence on how I perceive my role as a council member," said Henderschedt. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play a part in the future of the Fisheries Forum program."

As executive director, he will work with Fisheries Forum staff and its partner institutions on both program and organizational development.

Prior to taking on his new role, Henderschedt served as vice president of Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership in Seattle. He has 25 years of experience in the Alaska fishing industry with responsibilities related to vessel operations, government affairs and safety management. His involvement in North Pacific fisheries began with his work as a joint-venture representative on Russian fishing vessels in the mid-eighties.