Current Fellows

Current Fellows

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Ann Robertson

Host Organization: Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation

After moving back home to Juneau after college, Ann Robertson ended up working as a deckhand on her best friend’s fishing boat while starting a job as a lab technician with the National Marine Fisheries Service. Marine science and fisheries policy have held her interest ever since. Ann recently completed her master’s of environmental management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on fisheries and marine policy. Before attending graduate school, Ann spent a total of four years working with NMFS while sporadically escaping the lab in the summer to gillnet around Juneau. She is interested in aligning fishermen, scientists, and policymakers around common goals of sustainable fisheries, resilient marine ecosystems, and robust coastal communities. Her Young Fishing Fellowship will focus on legislative efforts to help young Alaskans get their start in commercial fishing. After completing her fellowship, Ann will head to Washington, D.C. to begin a legislative fellowship through NOAA’s Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. She hopes to return to Alaska and build a career connecting fishermen, scientists, and community members across the state in support of the health and sound management of Alaska’s wild fisheries.

Jamie O'Connor Fellowship Photo NPFAJamie O’Connor

Host Organization: North Pacific Fisheries Association

Jamie is a fifth-generation fisherman from Dillingham, Alaska. Fishermen, pilots, and a noisy librarian raised her at the family set-net operation on Ekuk beach. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in journalism and public communication. Then spent a year building Senator Dan Sullivan’s new front office and internship program, before returning to Bristol Bay with the salmon run. And that’s where you’ll find her, each summer for the rest of her life.


Clayton Hamilton

Host Organization: Alaska Ocean Observing System

Clayton grew up in the Midwest, and has been in Alaska for almost eight years, fishing for the last six. With fishing, Every day, and every season holds its own unique rewards and challenges and that is what really has him hooked. 

A Juneau resident most of the year, Clayton stays busy hunting, skiing, swimming, and running. He’s always on the lookout for good books and tasty meals.



Brooke Wright

Host Organization: Tanana Chiefs Conference

Brooke is Koyukon Athabascan from Rampart, Alaska. Currently living in Fairbanks, Alaska with her family and attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She received a Tribal Management Associate of Applied Science degree Spring of 2017. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Fisheries.

Brooke and her family enjoy spending most of their free time home in Rampart fishing, gathering, and hunting.


Carina Nichols

Host Organization: Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association

Carina was raised in Southeast Alaska where she was brought up fishing with her family. Today, she continues to fish and work in fisheries. She is based out of Sitka, Alaska and holds a deep appreciation for her background and the opportunities that sustainable fisheries have given her.

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