Established in 1923 for the preservation of Pacific halibut in waters off Canada and the United States of America.
Bernard E. Skud, Director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission staff from 1970-1978, passed away on April 16 at the age of 87. Prior to being appointed as the IPHC Director, Mr. Skud had been employed by the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries for 20 years, and was the director of the Bureau’s Laboratory at Boothbay Harbor, Maine for ten years preceding his IPHC appointment. Mr. Skud was a graduate of the University of Michigan (BS 1950) and the University of Washington (MS 1953). During his tenure at IPHC, Bernie oversaw the introduction of new assessment techniques for the Pacific halibut resource, and was a prolific author. He wrote or co-authored reports covering a broad range of issues, ranging from the sport fishery, factors affecting catch and effort in the halibut commercial fishery, halibut migration, and the history of halibut regulations, among others. In 1979, Bernie moved back to Washington, D.C. as a Division Chief and Scientific Advisor for NMFS until 1986, when he became the Director for the International North Pacific Fisheries Commission. After his retirement in 1991, Bernie remained very active in fisheries issues in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and often stopped by the IPHC office. Bernie is survived by his wife Patricia and sons Tim (Washington, D.C.), Bud (Anchorage, AK), and Eric (Seattle, WA). A memorial service is scheduled for April 24 at 11 AM at the Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor WA.