NWAA Names Dr. Conrad VW Mahnken (1937-2021) as Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award; Declares Plans for “A Extra Lasting Tribute”


Covington, WA—In recognition of his important contribution to the conservation and restoration of endangered salmon populations, in addition to his efforts towards the accountable improvement of marine aquaculture regionally and globally, Dr. Conrad (Connie) VW Mahnken (1937-2021) has been chosen because the winner of the Northwest Aquaculture Alliance’s (NWAA) Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021-2022.

In line with NWAA President, Jim Parsons, the NWAA Board voted unanimously to make the award posthumously to Dr. Mahnken, who served for 2 years on the Alliance’s Science Advisory Board, the place he known as on regulators and policymakers to make use of peer-reviewed science in creating aquaculture coverage each federally and in Washington state.

Parsons additionally stated that the NWAA Board acknowledges the management position that Dr. Mahnken performed in establishing one of many nation’s main analysis facilities for inventory enhancement and non-salmonid marine aquaculture: NOAA’s Manchester Fisheries Analysis Station in Washington state.

“Unquestionably, Connie Mahnken is among the causes the Manchester analysis laboratory exists right this moment,” Parsons stated. “Each trade and authorities profit from the work that goes on at Manchester, and we’re without end grateful to Connie for his imaginative and prescient and willpower to construct this world-class facility.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award can be introduced posthumously to Mahnken’s youngsters—Hallie (Bowman), Trevor, and Brooke—by NWAA Board Member and longtime good friend, Dr. Wally Pereyra, throughout a personal Celebration of Life happening on August 27 on the Mahnken household house. Each Drs. Mahnken and Pereyra had been college students and colleagues on the College of Washington and the Northwest Fisheries Science Middle and remained pals for many years.

Stated Dr. Pereyra: “I’m blessed to have identified Connie Mahnken for greater than 60 years, starting with our pupil days on the College of Washington and thru our respective careers. It’s honest to say that marine aquaculture within the Pacific Northwest and globally is healthier right this moment, largely resulting from Connie’s imaginative and prescient and scientific contributions.”

NWAA plans to collaborate with people and organizations who’re excited by establishing a extra lasting tribute to Dr. Mahnken.


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