Wayne has lived and worked in the oil spill region since 1985. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is employed as a fisheries management biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. During his 35-year career he managed groundfish, shellfish, salmon and herring fisheries in Prince William Sound, Kodiak, Chignik, Alaska Peninsula, Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea areas.
Wayne says that the council, by promoting the safe transportation of oil, is an important organization for coastal Alaska and helps ensure Alaska’s seafood reaches the world marketplace in pristine condition.
Wayne has been a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Crab Plan Team, and Steller sea lion RPA committee; member of the State’s Subsistence Policy Advisory Group; Board member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association and received the Department of Fish and Game’s Fisheries Management Award in 1995, and Meritorious Service Award in 2009.
Wayne was seated on the Council’s Board of Directors in January 2015.