BBSRI's Greg Buck Memorial Research Fund
The Greg Buck Memorial Research Fund was created in loving memory of Greg Buck at the request of his family. This fund honors Greg’s dedication to the study and research of fisheries in Bristol Bay. Funds raised are dedicated to supporting the advancement of technology and research methods used to study and understand the sustainability of salmon populations in Bristol Bay, something Greg was extremely passionate about. Funds will not be used for administrative costs, or other non-research related expenses. Donations to this fund will ensure that Greg’s legacy lives on and continues to make a positive impact in the fisheries of the Bristol Bay region.
To Donate Via Check:
Make Check out to: BBSRI
Memo Line: Greg Buck Memorial Research Fund
Send to: BBSRI
PO Box 1464
Dillingham, AK 99576
Greg Buck spent the better part of the 25 years working within Bristol Bay fisheries. This started with his Masters Degree in 1998 where he worked with the Port Moller Test Fishery doing scale pattern analysis in an attempt to determine stock composition and migration patterns at the test fishery.
After his Masters work with the University of Washington Fisheries Research Institute Greg continued his work in Bristol Bay with the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute (BBSRI). During his time with BBSRI Greg pioneered the transition of the Bay’s salmon catch sampling to the digital era by leading software and hardware development to handheld computers and a Fisheries Database Management System (FDMS). The FDMS that Greg developed is now used throughout ADF&G’s central region. Another example of how Greg was routinely ahead of his time, was his development of a scale pressing/imaging system for the Port Moller Test Fishery vessel in 2006. Taking advantage of his pioneering work, BBSRI successfully reintroduce at-sea scale imaging in the Port Moller Test Fishery in 2022. For BBSRI, Greg supervised more than a dozen field staff on field projects ranging from the Port Moller Test Fishery, Catch Sampling, Nuyakuk tower, and smolt projects.
Greg left BBSRI in 2008 to move to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. During his 14 years at ADF&G Greg continued to push things into the 21st century, being integral in the development of Bluetooth measuring boards, developing R dashboards for inseason projections and forecasting of Bristol Bay Sockeye, and helping move his initial FDMS database to a region wide database and scale collection system used throughout region II. He started with Fish and Game as an FB II running the Nushagak Sonar Project and the Herring AWL sampling program at Togiak. He eventually worked his way up to the Bristol Bay Research Biologist where he excelled at forecasting the Bristol Bay sockeye run. Greg retired from ADF&G after successfully forecasting the 2022 record sockeye salmon run.
A common theme throughout Greg’s career was his passion for pushing fisheries research into the modern age, constantly seeking new and innovative ways to improve fisheries research and management. This fund honors Greg’s legacy by continuing to invest in innovative technologies and research methods used to sustainably manage Bristol Bays salmon populations.
BBSRI is a 501(C)(3) corporation, and all donations are tax deductible.