Dr. Bern Megrey was a pioneer leader in his work on ecosystem-based fisheries management through the comparative analysis of marine ecosystems. He enthusiastically embraced new ideas and technologies to advance ecosystem science and worked tirelessly on training and cultivating young scientists. Bern was a long-time active member of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), a Past-President of the International Fisheries Section, and major contributor to the organization of World Fisheries Congresses (1992, Athens, Greece; 1996 Brisbane, Australia; 2000 Beijing, China; 2004 Vancouver, Canada). He was also instrumental in the formation of the AFS Mexican Chapter, and an active leader within the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea1 (ICES) and North Pacific Marine Science Organization2 (PISCES). A year before his passing, in 2009, Bern received the Oscar Elton Sette Award for sustained excellence in marine fishery biology through research, teaching, and administration. Bern’s many contributions to fisheries science were commemorated in the Marine Ecology Progress Series (Moksness et al 2012).
In honor of Bern’s extraordinary commitment to promoting fisheries issues on a global stage and his dedication to interacting with international fisheries professionals, the IFS is working to build the Bern Megrey Endowment Fund, with the goal of assisting early career fisheries professionals outside of North America with travel to professional meetings. Specifically, the fund would provide travel funds to scientists that are a member of the International Fisheries Section of AFS to attend ICES/PISCES conferences.
The immediate objective of the Fund is to raise $25,000 through donations for the endowment, which will be placed in the AFS long-term investment fund and managed by the IFS. The principle will be retained in the Fund, and only the annual interest and dividends will be available to assist with travel to participate in international meetings, conferences, training, and workshops consistent with IFS/AFS interests. Once there is sufficient principle in the Fund, an IFS committee will advertise the availability of funds, criteria for awards, and an application process. The goal is to develop strong collaboration opportunities to encourage personal development among international organizations.
1ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) is a global organization of 20 member nations whose mission is to: develop integrated ecosystem understanding of marine ecosystems; coordinate oceanic and coastal monitoring and research; and provide the best available science for decision makers to make informed choices about the sustainable use of marine ecosystems.
2PICES (North Pacific Marine Science Organization) is an intergovernmental scientific organization of 6 member nations whose mission is to: promote and coordinate marine research in the northern North Pacific and adjacent seas; advance scientific knowledge about the ocean environment, global weather and climate change, living resources and their ecosystems, and the impacts of human activities; and promote the collection and rapid exchange of scientific information on these issues.
Moksness, Erlend, et al. “Bernard Megrey: pioneer of Comparative Marine Ecosystem analyses.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 459 (2012): 165-167.