Pacific Region Hatchery Review
Pacific Region

Hatchery Review Team


Lower Snake Review Team

Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team
Front Row L toR: Bryan Kenworthy, Susan Gutenberger, Larry Marchant, Doug DeHart
Back Row L toR: Joe Krakker, Don Campton, Herb Pollard, Tom Flagg
Not Pictured: Doug Olson

Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team,
Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review

Don Campton (chair), Doug DeHart, Doug Olson, Joe Krakker, Susan Gutenberger, Larry Marchant,
Tom Flagg, Bryan Kenworthy, Herb Pollard, Chris Pasley

Olympic Peninsula Hatchery Review Team
Olympic Peninsula National Fish Hatchery Review
Doug DeHart (chair), Don Campton, Doug Olson, Larry Telles, Barry Berejikian, Chris Pasley,
Dave Zajac, Ray Brunson , Bruce Stewart


Barry BerejikianBarry Berejikian (Olympic Peninsula Hatchery Review Team) is a supervisory fish biologist with NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center where he leads the Behavioral Ecology Team. Berejikian has been a research scientist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center since 1995. He has a B.S. (1990) from California Polytechnic Statue University, San Luis Obispo and M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. in Fisheries from University of Washington. His research focuses on the effects of artificial propagation programs on natural populations of salmon, steelhead and other marine species.  His research includes quantifying the behavior and reproductive success of hatchery and wild salmonids in laboratory settings and in their natural habitats.  Toward this goal, his team has been developing new applications for tag technologies to measure behavior of salmon in the natural environment.   A key component of his team’s research is a large-scale, long-term supplementation experiment in Hood Canal, which includes strong partnerships with state, federal, and tribal agencies and non-profit organizations.  

Ray BrunsonRay Brunson, (Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team, Olympic Peninsula Hatchery Review Team) a USFWS Fish Health Biologist, holds a B.S. in Microbiology and is a graduate of the National Fisheries Academy's "Identification and Control of Fish Diseases." He has served for 31 years in the USFWS. In 1988, Brunson became the Director of the Olympia Fish Health Center (OFHC), which is primarily engaged in fish health services to Federal hatcheries in western Washington and the mid-Columbia area. Since 1991, Mr. Brunson has been an instructor for the National Education and Training Center for the annual "Introduction to Fish Health" course. In addition to his duties as Director at OFHC, Brunson is a US Title 50 inspector, a "Fish Health Official" recognized by Department of Fisheries and Oceans for Canada and a Certified Fish Pathologist by the American Fisheries Society - Fish Health Section. He is also a member of the European Association of Fish Pathologists. He has served on the Fish Health Section "Blue Book" committee (1983-85), Technical Procedures Committee (1984-85), Chairman of the Board of Certification (1993-94) and Chair of the Professional Standards Committee (1996-1999). He served as Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Fish Health Protection Committee in 1992-1993 and has served as the committee's Executive Secretary since 1993.

Don CamptonDon Campton (all three teams; chairs the Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team and Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team) is a US Fish and Wildlife Service senior scientist and geneticist at the Abernathy Fish Technology Center in Longview, Washington. Don received a B.S. in Genetics from the University of California (UC) Berkeley, an M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Genetics from UC Davis. He has nearly 30 years of professional experience in genetics and fisheries biology. Previous positions have included Fishery Research Biologist for the Washington State Department of Wildlife, Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida and Regional Fish Geneticist for the USFWS. He is also a past president of the Genetics section of the American Fisheries Society and is currently a member of the Hatchery Scientific Review Group for the Western Washington Hatchery Reform Project. His expertise is the general areas of population genetics, fisheries biology and their applications to conservation biology and animal breeding.

Douglas DehartDouglas DeHart (all three teams; chairs the Olympic Peninsula Hatchery Review Team) is a senior fishery biologist in the Pacific Regional Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He has a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University, an M.S. in Fisheries from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Fisheries from the University of Washington. He has more than 30 years of state and federal fishery agency experience, much of that in the Columbia Basin. He has planned and directed fishery research activities, overseen hatchery and habitat restoration programs and been involved in the conduct of a broad range of fishery management and planning activities. Previous positions have included fishery research coordinator for the US Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, Bioengineering Chief for National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Region and Chief of Fisheries for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has special expertise in the area of fish passage including design, operation and evaluation of passage and screening facilities.

Tom FlaggTom Flagg Tom Flagg (Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team, Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team) is a supervisory fish biologist with NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center. He is station manager of the Manchester Research Station and the station's program manager for salmon enhancement research. Flagg has been a research scientist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center since 1978. He has a B.S. (1976) and M.S. (1981) from the University of Washington's College of Fisheries. His research interests focus on issues of hatchery reform including development of captive broodstock programs to conserve depleted gene pools of salmonids, development of supplementation techniques for restoration of depleted stocks of salmonids to their native habitats and development of fish husbandry technology to produce wild-type juvenile salmon for release from hatcheries. Tom is also a member of the Congressionally-established Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) that is reviewing salmon hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest in the context of providing management approaches to meet conservation and sustainable fisheries goals.

Susan GutenbergerSusan Gutenberger (Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team, Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team) is the supervisory microbiologist at the USFWS Lower Columbia River Fish Health Center. She has a B.S. in microbiology and zoology and an M.S. in veterinary science from the University of Idaho. Shortly after graduation, Gutenberger accepted a job with the Service studying juvenile salmon migration, which coincidentally introduced her to the world of fish diseases. Gutenberger then pursued a Ph.D. in fish disease and in 1993, graduated with a specialty in microbiology from Oregon State University. As the director of the fish health center since 1996, Gutenberger supervises the operations and studies of the diagnostic laboratory that services the Columbia River federal hatcheries and the Abernathy Fish Technology Center. Gutenberger also collaborates with state, tribal and other agency partners to conduct disease surveys and ecological interaction studies of wild fish in the Pacific Northwest. Most recently, she has been involved with Service teams examining the need and direction for fishery habitat projects and hatchery funding. As an active member of Oregon American Fisheries Society, she has chaired the Fish Culture Committee since 2003. Gutenberger has more than 18 years of experience in pathology, physiology, immunology, pharmacology and disease policy, as well as involvement in Columbia Basin hatchery operations and fisheries.

Bryan KenworthyBryan Kenworthy (Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team) is a supervisory fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has over 30 years experience in the Service’s Fisheries program in fish hatchery operations.  He has been the Project Leader at Hagerman National Fish Hatchery, Hagerman, ID since 1993.  He holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture and an M.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island.   His graduate studies focused on water treatment and recycle systems for fish culture.  Bryan began his career in 1976 in the Northeast Region at Berlin National Fish Hatchery rearing several species of trout and Atlantic salmon.  In 1980 he attended the Service’s 9-month Fish Hatchery Management Course in Leetown, West Virginia and has been an instructor for the Service’s Cold Water Fish Culture Course.   Assignments in the Pacific Region have included the assistant project leader positions at Eagle Creek, Quilcene, Carson, and Lahontan national fish hatcheries and several years as a staff biologist at the Olympia Fisheries Resources Office responsible for hatchery evaluation studies.   Bryan Kenworthy’s career in the Fisheries program has provided him with extensive experience in the culture of anadromous salmonids, in the coordination of Federal fishery activities with States and Tribes, and he is well versed in the operation and maintenance of varied fish hatchery configurations. 

Joe KrakkerJoe Krakker (Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team, Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team) is a fishery biologist with the USFWS Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Office in Boise, Idaho. He has a B.S. in Conservation from Northern Michigan University and a M.S. in Fisheries from Humboldt State University. Krakker has more than 25 years of state and federal fishery agency experience in the Great Lakes, Mountain-Prairie and Pacific regions of USFWS. During the last 20 years he has been involved in salmon and steelhead research, restoration, mitigation, ESA and program management activities in northern California and the Columbia River Basin. During the last 14 years he has worked in the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Office in Boise, Idaho, which administers and coordinates management of a large-scale compensation program with multiple state, tribal and federal agencies to meet mitigation, ESA, and tribal trust responsibilities.

Larry MarchantLarry Marchant
(Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team, Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team) is currently the Project Leader at Spring Creek NFH with more than 28 years of experience working within the National Fish Hatchery Program. After receiving his B.S. degree from the University of Idaho in Wildlife-Fisheries Management in 1977, he started his career with the USFWS at Dworshak NFH. He has worked in Region s 1, 3 and 6 of the Service, at seven different facilities each with unique programs dealing with threatened and endangered species, captive broodstock, mitigation, restoration, recovery and tribal programs. Marchant has experience in propagation of spring and fall Chinook, rainbow trout, lake trout, steelhead and threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout. He also has experience in fish passage operations, specifically for endangered Cui-ui suckers. As a hatchery manager for the last twelve years he has been involved in all phases of hatchery operations including operation of biological reuse systems, UV treatment systems and waste water management and isolation facilities.

Doug OlsonDoug Olson (all three teams) is the Hatchery Assessment Team Leader at the USFWS Columbia River Fishery Resource Office in Vancouver, Washington. His focus is to guide Service efforts in assessing National Fish Hatcheries in the Columbia River Basin in order to meetour federal mitigation, tribal trust, conservation and Endangered Species Act responsibilities. His current research and management skills center on hatchery reform and understanding the ecological interactions between hatchery and wild fish. In 1979 he earned an Associate of Science degree from Grays Harbor College, with an interest in aquaculture. In 1982, Olson received a B.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington with a specialty in water quality. He worked as a Research Technician for private industry (1982-83) and state government (1984-87) and as a Fisheries Biologist for tribal (1988-90) and federal government organizations from 1991 to the present. Olson's work includes developing sampling techniques, production planning, stream restoration, hatchery evaluation and population conservation. He regularly presents papers at the Pacific Northwest Fish Culture Conference and American Fisheries Society annual meetings and workshops. Olson is currently serving as President for the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Chris PasleyChris Pasley (Olympic Peninsula Hatchery Review Team, Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team) is currently the Project Leader at Winthrop NFH in North Central Washington. He received a B.S. in Fisheries Science from Humboldt State University in 1985. Pasley started his career in Valdez, Alaska working in Private Non-Profit salmon hatchery programs for Valdez Fisheries Development Association. In 1991, he became a research biologist for NOAA Fisheries conducting research on the feasibility of restoring sockeye salmon to the Cle Elum River basin. While with the NOAA field station in Pasco, Washington, he was also involved in juvenile salmonid survival studies at hydroelectric facilities on the Snake River. Pasley has been with the USFWS at Winthrop NFH for the past 14 years and has been largely responsible for building the program there for ESA listed spring chinook salmon and steelhead. He has been instrumental in implementing a successful coho salmon restoration project on the Methow River in a cooperative effort with the Yakama Nation. Pasley has a wealth of experience in culturing pink, chum, coho, sockeye, chinook salmon and steelhead.

Herb PollardHerb Pollard, (Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team) was born in Lakeview, Oregon, and spent his early life in Lakeview and Klamath Falls, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1962.  He attended University of Oregon for two years, then graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Fisheries Science in 1967.  Herb earned an M.S. in Fisheries Management from University of Idaho in 1969, and immediately started work for Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) as a Fishery Research Biologist.  After a 28 year career with IDFG, including stints as Regional and State Fishery Manager, Anadromous Fishery Coordinator, and Regional Supervisor, he spent 10 years with NOAA Fisheries, dealing with Endangered Species Act consultations and regulations regarding fishery management, fish hatcheries and harvest issues that impact listed salmon and steelhead in the Snake and Columbia River basins.  Currently Herb is working as an independent contractor consulting on fishery management issues. 

Bruce StewartBruce Stewart, (Olympic Peninsula Hatchery Review Team), is the fish health program manager for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission in Olympia, WA. His program provides fish health services to enhancement programs operated by 20 western Washington Treaty Tribes. Bruce holds a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. in fisheries resources from the University of Idaho. He is certified as a “Title 50 Inspector” by the USFWS, a “Fish Health Inspector” by the American Fisheries Society - Fish Health Section, and a "Fish Health Official" recognized by Department of Fisheries and Oceans for Canada.  He has over 25 years of experience working on fish health issues in both cool and coldwater species in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. Previous positions have included coordinating fish health programs for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a private salmon ranching company in Oregon. He has also served as chair of the AFS Fish Health Section’s Professional Standards Committee and the Pacific Northwest Fish Health Protection Committee.

Larry TellesLarry Telles, (Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team, Olympic Peninsula Hatchery Review Team) a USFWS Fish Biologist, is currently the Project Leader at Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery in Northwestern Oregon. He holds a B.S. in Agriculture (Fisheries) from New Mexico State University and joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1977. Telles has spent most of his Service time at National Fish Hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest (Dworshak NFH and Hagerman NFH in Idaho, Eagle Creek NFH in Oregon and Leavenworth NFH complex and Quilcene NFH in Washington). His hatchery experience encompasses most species of salmon, steelhead and trout in the Northwest including some experience with catfish and bass culture from his early years in the desert Southwest. Telles was responsible for the artificial propagation component of a successful effort to recover summer chum salmon in north Hood Canal. He is an active participant in local and regional forums involving tribal, sport and commercial fishing groups and citizen activist organizations and frequently interacts with local school districts and other educational institutions to promote awareness of salmon and steelhead and their place in our culture and ecosystem.

Dave ZajacDave Zajac (Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team, Olympic Peninsula Hatchery Review Team) is a fish and wildlife biologist in the USFWS Western Washington Office in Lacey, with more than 33 years experience in the natural resource arena. He began his career after graduating from college in 1971 as a fish culturist at the Washington State Dungeness salmon hatchery, then spent the next five years in both temporary and permanent positions with the Washington State Department of Fisheries, Bureau of Sport Fisheries (predecessor of the USFWS) and as a civilian with the Department of the Army. During these years Zajac worked with big game, small mammals, waterfowl, warmwater and coldwater fish, forestry and forest fire suppression. He returned to the USFWS in 1976 and has concentrated his efforts in the hatchery production evaluation and monitoring program for the three Olympic Peninsula National Fish Hatcheries. Zajac currently manages the marking and tagging program at these hatcheries and also represents the Pacific Region on the Mark Committee of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Zajac was also a major participant in the recent Puget Sound Coastal Washington Hatchery Reform Project.

Facilitator -

Michael SchmidtMichael Schmidt is the Director of Fish Programs for Long Live the Kings (LLTK). He has worked for LLTK for eight years, starting as an assistant to the facilitator of the congressionally created and funded Puget Sound and Coastal Washington Hatchery Reform Project (2001-2004). In 2004, after receiving his Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, Michael became the Fish Program Coordinator and in 2007, the Director of Fish Programs. In addition to facilitating the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Columbia Basin Hatchery Review Team, Michael oversees LLTK’s two hatcheries that include 7 projects and 4 staff. LLTK is a private, non-profit organization committed to restoring wild salmon and steelhead to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. LLTK’s expertise is in enabling the most comprehensive scientific study of salmon and steelhead restoration strategies, and in facilitating and communicating imaginative management techniques based on that science.

Outreach and Public Affairs --

Cheri Anderson Cheri Anderson is the Information and Education Manager for the Spring Creek and Carson National Fish Hatcheries (NFH) and the Lower Columbia River Fish Health Center.  She coordinates all aspects of hatchery tours and orientation, education involvement in the mid-Columbia Region, maintaining four websites, various day camps, teacher workshops, and special events. Cheri provides outreach services as needed for the Eagle Creek and Warm Springs NFH. She is involved with the Washington State E3 (education, environment and economy) regional committee, is on the regional workgroup for the national Children in Nature initiative for the USFWS and is a board member for the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association. Cheri came to the USFWS in October 1998 after spending nearly five years in Mississippi working as an Interpretive Park Ranger on the Natchez Trace Parkway for the National Park Service.  Prior to that, she worked as a seasonal Park Ranger at Grand Teton National Park. Cheri has a B.A. in Education for Biology and Reading and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology both from the University of Montana.

Past Participants -

David CarieDavid Carie is a Fisheries Management Biologist at the USFWS Mid-Columbia River Fishery Resource Office in Leavenworth, Washington . He has a B.S. in Ecology from Northern Michigan University and has more than 14 years of federal fisheries experience working in the Great Lakes and upper-Columbia River regions. Carie is the lead hatchery evaluation biologist for the Leavenworth NFH Complex, which includes Leavenworth, Entiat and Winthrop hatcheries, where he oversees all aspects of the evaluation program. He is involved in Federal Energy Regulator Commission re-licensing, ESA compliance, and subbasin planning and recovery efforts. He serves as the FWS representative on the Priest Rapids Coordinating Committee's hatchery sub-committee. Dave served as an alternate member of the Team 2005-2007 and was designated Team member for the reveiws of the Warm Springs, Eagle Creek, Carson, Spring Creek, Lettle White Salmon and Willard NFHs.

Ron HardyRon Hardy (Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team, Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatchery Review Team) is Director of the Aquaculture Research Institute and the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, University of Idaho, and a Professor in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.  He received his BS in Zoology (1969) and PhD in Fisheries from the University of Washington (1979), and his MS in Animal Sciences/Nutrition from Washington State University (1973).  Prior to coming to the University of Idaho in 1996, he was a research scientist for the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, in Seattle, Washington, and concurrently a member of the research faculty (assistant to full professor) in the School of Fisheries, University of Washington from 1979 until 1996.  He has authored over 200 scientific publications, book chapters and popular articles on aquaculture, fish nutrition and feed technology.  He was Secretary of the World Aquaculture Society from 1997 to 2001, and Vice-President from 2001-2002.  He served on the Committee on Animal Nutrition, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, and more recently on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board of the US Department of Agriculture.  He is co-editor of Fish Nutrition, 3rd Edition, and editor of Aquaculture Research, plus serves on the editorial boards of Aquaculture, Aquaculture Nutrition, and Reviews in Fisheries Sciences.  His research interests include developing sustainable feed sources for the global aquaculture industry and expanding the use of genomics in fish. He works extensively on salmon and steelhead hatchery and recovery issues in the Pacific Northwest with state and federal agencies, and Native American Tribes, with whom he is exploring appropriate means to broaden participation in educational programs. Ron participated in Lower Snake NFHs reviews.

Carl SchreckCarl Schreck is a Senior Scientist with the Biological Resources Division of the US Geological Survey and a professor at Oregon State University in the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He has been researching the biology of fish for nearly 30 years. He received a B.A. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. in Fisheries Science and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics and Fisheries Science from Colorado State University. He was an Assistant Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Assistant Leader of the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (OCFWRU) through the USFWS and an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University. Presently, he is the Leader of the OCFWRU and a Full Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU. Dr. Schreck has authored more than 250 published papers and is a member of several scientific and management teams, organizations and committees including Oregon's Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team. He is currently serving a second four-year term as President of the International Federation of Fish Endocrinologists. He has served or is serving on the editorial boards of The Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, Copeia, General and Comparative Endocrinology, Aquaculture, and Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology and acts as editor for "The Environment" for the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms . Carl served as a member of the Team 2005-2006 for the reveiws of the Warm Springs, Leavenworth, Entaiat and Wintrop NFHs.

Amy GaskillAmy Gaskill, APR, is an External Affairs Specialist for the USFWS Pacific Region. She started her career in natural resources while serving on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1991 to 1999. Her main duties included public affairs and outreach in the areas of pollution response and fisheries management. Gaskill’s first crisis public affairs incident was the Perfect Storm, off the coast of New England in October of 1991. Building relationships is one of Gaskill’s expertises after performing advanced public affairs in 10 different countries in the Mediterranean duirng the summer of 1995. She joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region External Affairs staff in January of 2002. Gaskill serves as the US Fish and Wildlife representative on the Federal Caucus Communications Team. Gaskill’s focus is on enhancing relationships and building stronger communications between the Fish and Wildlife Service and its many stakeholders and partners. She received her BA in Communications from Marylhurst University and earned an international Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America. Amy retired from the Coast Guard, in November 2006, with 21 years of service.Amy served as the Team's Outreach and Public Affairs Specialist 2005-2007 for the reviews of Warm Springs, Leavenworth, Entiat, Wintrop and Eagle Creek NFHs.

Michael KernMichael Kern is formerly a Project Director at Long Live the Kings (LLTK), a private, non-profit organization devoted to restoring wild salmon to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Since joining LLTK staff in 2000, Michael has provided facilitation, coordination and communications services for the Congressionally-funded Puget Sound and Coastal Washington Hatchery Reform Project. Prior to joining LLTK, Kern was Outreach Director for several projects at the University of Washington's Department of Environmental Health, a role which included facilitating and coordinating the Hanford Openness Workshops and a roundtable on tribal risk assessment. Before that, Kern was a facilitation, mediation, strategic planning, fundraising, and communications consultant; his clients included non-profit organizations, local governments, Indian tribes and community groups. Kern has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Washington and over 15 years experience in helping people have productive conversations about natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest. Michael served as the Team's Facilitor, 2005-2006, for the reviews of Warm Springs, Leavenworth, Entiat, and Winthrop NFHs. Michael is currently a senior associate at Triangle Associates after a short time with the Wilderness Society.

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