Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair
and Wildlife Commission
Conrad Mahnken, Ph.D.
Conrad “Connie” Mahnken was first appointed to the Commission in
November 2005 and reappointed by Governor Gregoire in 2011. Having achieved B.S. & M.S. degrees in Oceanography and a Ph.D. in Fisheries, his career includes more than 40 years with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. In 1970, Connie helped establish the NMFS Manchester Fisheries Laboratory on western Puget Sound and
served as its director for more than 20 years.
Additionally, he chaired the U.S./Japan Natural Resources Committee on Aquaculture and served on the NMFS Biological Review Teams for proposed ESA listings of Pacific Northwest salmonids. Dr. Mahnken was chosen
and served on the congressionally-funded Hatchery Scientific Review Group panel, which released its recommendations for reforming Pacific Northwest fish hatcheries in April 2004. Connie and his wife, Tami, live in Bainbridge Island.