2012 Award of Excellence from the Fisheries Management Section of the American Fisheries Society

David Welch, president of Kintama, has been awarded the 2012 Award of Excellence from the Fisheries Management Section of the American Fisheries Society. The Award of Excellence is given for inspirational leadership in the fishery profession and substantial achievements for AFS and the fisheries resource. The recipients must have effectively communicated their work at the national and/or international level. The Award of Excellence is given for cumulative accomplishments rather than a singular effort.

The award will be presented at the AFS Annual General Meeting in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Minnesota, on the 19th of August 2012. The AFS is the oldest and largest professional society for fisheries scientists in the world.

More information and past recipients can be found here.

J. P. Tully Medal in Oceanography for 2011

The award consists of a medal and a certificate with the following citation: “To David Welch of Kintama Research Services, Ltd, for his three decades of research dedicated to understanding the sea life of salmon using innovative data-gathering techniques with special reference to acoustic arrays. The resulting data have been correlated with oceanographic conditions and climate change to obtain a much deeper understanding of how the two sciences of fisheries and oceanography are synthesized as a single discipline of Fisheries Oceanography. He has been the leader of a major initiative to track a wide variety of fish species’ movements around the Pacific, the Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking (POST) program. This program has provided a core research platform for a wide range of scientists to address questions concerning fish movement and survival that would be otherwise prohibitively expensive for one researcher to undertake alone.”

Invited Keynote Lecture: International Association of Great Lakes Research Annual Meeting.

“Optimal Design & Operation Of The Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Array (POST)- Making Ocean Measurements Cost-Effective & Policy Relevant”.

Environmental Technology Award

Mid-Island Science Technology & Innovation Council. 

Vancouver Island Economic Developers Award

“For Outstanding Achievement in Economic Development within the Vancouver Island/Coast Region”.  

Keynote Lecture: Yukon College Lecture Hall

 Salmon Biodiversity in the Age of Global Warming”.

Invitational Lecture: Yukon River Panel, Pacific Salmon Commission

The Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Array – Applications to Yukon River Salmon Management Questions”.   

Keynote Lecture: New England Tagging Symposium.

 The Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Array (POST) – A Permanent Continental-Scale Array: Performance, Applications, & Relevance to the North-West Atlantic”.  

Plenary Keynote Lecture: MTS/IEEE Oceans 2008 Conference

“The Pacific Ocean Salmon Tracking Array (POST): Challenges in Building Continental-Scale Marine Telecommunication Infrastructures, and Applications to Arctic Climate Research”. 

Prix d’Excellence

Fisheries & Oceans Canada, “In Recognition of Exceptional Scientific Contributions to the Government of Canada”.