Linda Behnken
BCCA Oceans Coordinator

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Executive Director, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA):  Linda Behnken has BA from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University.  She has fished commercially off Alaska since 1982, both as a deckhand and owner/operator.  Linda has been at the helm of ALFA since 1991.  ALFA’s mission is to promote sustainable fisheries and thriving fishing communities through policy engagement, collaborative research, and education.  Linda served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) from 1992-2001, when she also served as an industry advisor to the North Pacific Anadramous Fish Commission and the National Academy of Science Individual Fishing Quota Review Panel. Linda helped launch the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, which invests in fishing access opportunities for community-based fishermen committed to sustainable fishing practices, and Alaskan’s Own, the first Community Supported Fisheries program in Alaska.  Linda served as a U.S. Commissioner to the International Pacific Halibut Commission from 2016-2018 and as a member of Alaska’s Climate Action Leadership Team.  Ms. Behnken was awarded the National Fisherman Highliner award in 2009 for her work promoting healthy marine ecosystems and strong coastal communities, and in 2016 Linda was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood by President Obama. In 2019, ALFA received the Lowell Thompson Jr Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation for the organizations outstanding contribution to conservation in Alaska. In 2020, Linda received the Heinz Foundation award for the Environment.