NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Dr. James Ianelli has been active in fisheries research for over 30 years. Early in his career he worked as a field biologist holding a number of unique positions. Most of this work involved investigations on tuna biology and fisheries but also included work on Dungeness crabs, flying fish, trochus, and statistical data collection problems for small-scale reef fisheries.
He served as a research scientist with the South Pacific Commission based in New Caledonia, and was Lab Director for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission’s facility in Panama. He has conducted independent tuna tagging experiments on juvenile bluefin tuna based in small fishing villages in Japan.
Ianelli completed his BS at Humboldt State University and his earned a PhD in 1993 at University of Washington on the population dynamics of skipjack tuna. For the last 16 years, he has been an active member of Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s stock assessment team and authored numerous analytical documents applied to the management of important groundfish species in the North Pacific.
His research interests include developing statistical approaches for ecosystem/fisheries conservation management. He is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington and serves as an editor for the journal “Natural Resource Modeling.” He chairs the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Plan Team and serves as a member of the Advisory Panel for the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.