ORVALLIS - An Oregon State University researcher whose three decades of work continue to influence fishery oceanography has earned the American Fisheries Society's Oscar E. Sette Outstanding Marine Fishery Biologist Award.
William Pearcy, professor emeritus in OSU's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, was honored at a society banquet in Newport, Ore.
Pearcy was one of the first researchers to pinpoint ocean conditions as a cause of declining salmon stock on the Oregon Coast. His work with the Pacific Fishery Management Council also brought attention to a serious decline in coho salmon in coastal streams.
The American Fisheries Society, founded in 1870, is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists. The group promotes scientific research and management of aquatic resources for optimum use and enjoyment by the public. It encourages comprehensive education for fisheries scientists and continuing on-the-job training. The award is named for Oscar E. Sette, a pioneer in fishery oceanography.
Pearcy began his career at OSU in 1960, having earned his doctorate in zoology at Yale University. He has published more than 150 papers and conducted numerous research projects, including studies of oceanic animals, food fishes, squid and albacore.