Giant Pacific Octopus Rulemaking Process

Giant Pacific Octopus Ad Hoc Advisory Group

The department appointed the following twelve members to serve on the Giant Pacific Octopus Ad Hoc Advisory Group. 




Bernd Cordes


Designing Ocean Health Initiative at Vulcan and Paul G. Allen Family Foundation; 18 years marine conservation.

David Fessler


PADI Project Aware Marine Environmental Award; PADI Master Instructor; Manager for Underwater Sports; Hunter/ Fisher

Caroline Gibson

Port Townsend

Marine Program Manager; Northwest Straits Commission.

Rhoda Green


PADI instructor; REEF Advance Assessment Team; Annual marine surveys; AAUS Scientific diver; Beach Naturalist Captain Seattle Aquarium.

Bill High


Conducted studies on GPO; National diving office for National Marine Fisheries Service & NOAA; 150 publications on fisheries science studies; Past President NAUI

Peter Hudspeth


NAUI certified diver; Fisherman for 38 years; Hunter; Hiker/climber; Army National Guard.

Bill Minton


Sport fishing entire life; small dive charter service for three years; several years participated in commission meetings.

Pete Naylor

Sedro Woolley

Seadoc Society; Served on Rockfish Advisory Group.

Janna Nichols


Speaker at numerous dive clubs. Leads REEF Advanced Assessment Team field survey projects on west coast. 13 years with scuba clubs; Scientific diver for AAUS; Volunteer marine life surveyor; Outreach coordinator for REEF.

Mark Plunkett


28 years with the Seattle Aquarium; Seattle Shoreline MPA; Chair of Marine Conservation Network; collaborator with Seattle City Council, Seattle Parks Department, Vulcan and SCUBA community on GPO outreach; nominated by Seattle Aquarium.

Mike Racine


Past President WA Scuba Alliance; PSRFE Oversight Committee; Led divers for NOAA research; Founded software company; Nominated by WA Scuba Alliance.

Andrea Reiter


Spear fisher and angler; Obtaining masters in environmental education; Pro fishing and conservation.