Keith DavisSince 1999 when Keith began observing, he has roamed around through many regions covering numerous fisheries. He has observer experience in the US North Pacific (Groundfish, Crab), US Southeast (Pelagic Longlining), US Northeast (Scallops), and the US Pacific Islands (Pelagic Longlining) regions. Keith has also observed internationally in South Africa (Groundfish Trawl, Pelagic Purse Seine) and for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) as an MCS Tuna Transhipment Observer on the Pacific high seas. From 2004-2005, Keith spent 15 months in the NMFS Honolulu office where he debriefed observers and helped with observer trainings, and he has participated in the last five conferences in the International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference (IFOMC) series - St. John's, Newfoundland (2000); New Orleans, USA (2002); Sydney, Australia (2004); Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (2007); and Portland, USA (2009) - and, Keith has been a lead of the IFOMC's Observer Professionalism Working Group (OPWG) since 2006.
From 2005 to 2012, Keith was an APO Board member and APO Secretary. Keith resigned in May 2012. Keith's main focus with the APO had always been education, and he found his niche in the APO with editing the Mail Buoy newsletter. He did his best to bring together several voices with different perspectives and to help strengthen and organize the observer voice with the Mail Buoy and with other APO projects. Keith will continue to volunteer with the APO when he can, and wishes the best for all of its future projects and endeavors.
Contact Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org