Kurt Stick is the lead biologist for herring stock assessment in Puget Sound. He has been the lead biologist for WDFW herring stock assessment field projects since 2004 and his work has focused on herring biology since 1990. After receiving a B.S. degree in Fishery Science from the University of Washington, his career with WDFW began in 1980 as a scientific technician working on age determination of groundfish species, followed by a biologist position primarily devoted to monitoring and management of groundfish fisheries in Puget Sound.
Current work is mainly concerned with stock assessment of herring in Puget Sound with significant time devoted to conducting spawn deposition surveys throughout Washington waters. He is the primary agency contact regarding herring abundance, biology, and fisheries with frequent collaboration with other governmental and tribal biologists. Kurt is the vital sign indicator lead for Pacific herring, which was selected as an indicator of the health of Puget Sound by the Puget Sound Partnership. He is also involved with ongoing field work and analyses related to surf smelt stock biology and fishery management in Puget Sound.