faculty listing

Contact Information

Fisheries Academic Program
PO Box 3426
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: (907) 235-6713
wrbechtol@alaska.edu

William Bechtol

Fisheries Ecology • Fisheries Population and Biometry • Fishery Management • Marine Invertebrates

Affiliations

  • North Pacific Fisheries Management Council
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • American Fisheries Society
  • Association of Village Council Presidents

Education

  • B.S. 1979 University of Washington (Wildlife)
  • M.S. 1990 University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fisheries)
  • Ph.D. 2009 University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fisheries)

Publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service). 2014. Status review of Southeast Alaska herring (Clupea pallasi), Threats evaluation and extinction risk analysis. Prepared by K. Savage, W.R. Bechtol, J. Kurland, J. Vollenweider, and R, Waples. Report to National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, 183 p.

Bechtol, W.R. 2014. Review of Ianelli and Stram (2014) on the impacts of the Bering Sea pollock fishery on Western Alaska Chinook returns. Prepared for the Association of Village Council Presidents, Bethel, AK, 6 p.

Bechtol, W.R. 2014. A Review of the Bethel Test Fishery Tool. Prepared for the Association of Village Council Presidents, Bethel, AK, 14 p.

Bechtol, W.R., R.L. Gustafson, and T.R. Kerns. 2013. Assessment of weathervane scallops near Kayak Island, Alaska, 2002. Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fishery Data Series No. 13-46, Anchorage.

Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Recovery Team Science Panel. 2013. Draft Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Recovery Plan. Submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources, March 2013. 287 p.

Wolfe, R.J., G. Knapp, W.R. Bechtol, D. Andersen, and C. Scott. 2011. Salmon harvests to the year 2050: a predictive model for the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and Norton Sound drainages in Alaska. Submitted to the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association on behalf of the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative, Project Final Product, June 2011.

Bechtol, W.R., G.H. Kruse, J. Greenberg, and H. Geier. 2011. Analysis of the minimum size limit for eastern Bering Sea Tanner crab fisheries. Completion Report prepared for the Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation, Kirkland, WA, 91 p.

Bechtol, W.R., and G.H. Kruse. 2010. Factors affecting red king crab recruitment around Kodiak Island, Alaska. Pages 413–442 in: G.H. Kruse, G.L. Eckert, R.J. Foy, R.N. Lipcius, B. Sainte-Marie, D.L. Stram, and D. Woodby (eds.). Biology and Management of Exploited Crab Populations under Climate Change Alaska Sea Grant College Program. University of Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. doi:10.4027/bmecpcc.2010.18

Dragoo, D.E., G. S. Drew and W.R. Bechtol. 2010. Seabird, fish, marine mammal and oceanography coordinated investigations (SMMOCI) in the central Aleutian Islands, Alaska, July 2009. U. S. Fish and Wildl. Serv. Report AMNWR 2010/12. Homer, Alaska, 44 p.

Siddeek, M. S. M., J. Zheng, J.F. Morado, G.H. Kruse, and W.R Bechtol. 2010. Effect of bitter crab disease on rebuilding in Alaska Tanner crab stocks. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 67:2027–2032. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsq061

Stram, D., W. Bechtol, and S. Miller. 2010. Environmental assessment for proposed amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the scallop fishery off Alaska to comply with Annual Catch Limit requirements. North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 West 4th Ave., Anchorage.

Bechtol, W. R., R.L. Gustafson and T.R. Kerns. 2009. A survey of weathervane scallops in Kamishak Bay, 2003. Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fishery Data Series No. 09-24, Anchorage.

Bechtol, W.R., and G.H. Kruse. 2009. Reconstruction of historical abundance and recruitment of red king crab during 1960–2004 around Kodiak, Alaska. Fish. Res. 100:86-98. doi 10.1016/j.fishres.2008.09.003.

Bechtol, W.R., and G.H. Kruse. 2009. Analysis of a stock-recruit relationship for red king crab off Kodiak Island, Alaska. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 1:29-44. DOI:10.1577/C08-052.1

Bechtol, W.R. 2009. Abundance, recruitment , and environmental forcing of Kodiak red king crab. Doctoral dissertation. University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

McMeans, B.C., K. Borgå, W.R. Bechtol, D. Higginbotham, and A.T. Fisk. 2007. Essential and non-essential element concentrations in two sleeper shark species collected in arctic waters. Environmental Pollution 148(1):281-290.

Bechtol, W.R. 2005. A bottom trawl survey for crabs and groundfish in the Southern, Kamishak, and Barren Islands Districts of the Cook Inlet Management Area, June 20-25 and July 10-17, 2000. Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries, Fishery Data Series 2A05-40, Anchorage.

Bechtol, W.R., and C. Trowbridge. 2005. Refining management for Prince William Sound sablefish. Pages 99-113 in: G.H. Kruse, V.F. Gallucci, D.E. Hay, R.I. Perry, R.M. Peterman, T.C. Shirley, P.D. Wilson, B. Wilson, and D. Woodby (eds.). Fisheries assessment and management in data-limited situations, Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 958 p.

Byerly, M.M., and W.R. Bechtol. 2005. Evaluation of scuba assessment methods for shallow-water, nearshore black rockfish (Sebastes melanops). Pages 831-850 in: G.H. Kruse, V.F. Gallucci, D.E. Hay, R.I. Perry, R.M. Peterman, T.C. Shirley, P.D. Wilson, B. Wilson, and D. Woodby (eds.). Fisheries assessment and management in data-limited situations, Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 958 p.

W. Bechtol, J. DiCosimo, and L. Brannian. 2000. Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review/Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for Plan Amendment #60 to the Fishery Management Plan for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska to prohibit non-pelagic trawl gear in Cook Inlet. North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501, 52 p.

Otis, E.O., W.R. Bechtol, and W.A. Bucher. 1998. Coping with a challenging stock assessment situation: the Kamishak Bay sac-roe herring fishery. In: F. Funk, T.J. Quinn II, J. Heifetz, J.N. Ianelli, J.E. Powers, J.F. Schweigert, P.J. Sullivan, and C.-I. Zhang (eds.). Fishery stock assessment models. Alaska Sea Grant Report No. AK-SG-98-01, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1998.

Bechtol, W.R., and R.L. Gustafson. 1998. Abundance, recruitment, and mortality of Pacific littleneck clams Protothaca staminea at Chugachik Island, Alaska. Journal of Shellfish Research 17(4):1003-1008.

DiCosimo, J., B. Bechtol, S. Meyer, K. Brix, A. Smoker, and D. Stockel. 1997. Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review for Amendment 46 to the Fishery Management Plan for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska to revise management authority of pelagic shelf rockfish. North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, 605 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501.

Bechtol, W.R. 1997. Changes in forage fish populations in Kachemak Bay, Alaska, 1976-1995. Pages: 441-455 in: Forage Fishes in Marine Ecosystems. Alaska Sea Grant College Program Report 97-01. University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Anderson, P.J., J.E. Blackburn, W.R. Bechtol, and J.F. Piatt. 1997. Synthesis and analysis of Gulf of Alaska small-mesh trawl data, 1953 to 1996, and Gulf of Alaska forage fish icthyoplankton analysis, 1972 to 1996. Appendix L in: Duffy (ed.), Exxon Valdex oil spill restoration project annual report, APEX Project Alaska Predator Ecosystem Experiment in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska; Restoration project 96163L A-P, annual report.

Kimker, A., W. Donaldson, and W.R. Bechtol. 1996. Spot shrimp growth in Unakwik Inlet, Prince William Sound, Alaska. Alaska Fishery Research Bulletin 3(1):1-8.

Bechtol, W.R., and R. Morrison. 1997. Development and management of the sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria, fishery in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Pages 261-267 in: Proceedings of the International Sablefish Symposium, 1994, NOAA Technical Report, NMFS 130, Seattle.

Bechtol, W.R., and H. Yuen. 1995. Abundance and composition of flatfish in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Pages 497-521 in: Proceedings of the International Symposium on North Pacific Flatfish, Alaska Sea Grant Report 95-04, Fairbanks.

Bechtol, W.R. 1990. Foraging strategies of juvenile sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) at high rearing densities in Leisure Lake, Alaska. M.S. thesis. University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 70 p.