Dr. Kenneth K. Chew, AIFRB Emeritus Fellow, received the 2015 AIFRB Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from Dr. Andre Punt, AIFRB Fellow and Director, University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS). Dr. Chew has been a member of AIFRB since 1963, a Fellow of the institute since 1972, and an Emeritus Fellow since 2010. He is recognized as an outstanding educator, university administrator, and nationally and internationally acclaimed authority and leader in the advancement of shellfish biology and aquaculture. During his long and distinguished teaching, research, and administrative career at the University of Washington, he has been a dedicated, inspiring, and highly effective educator; many of his students have assumed positions of responsibility in research, teaching, and government throughout the country and the world. His knowledge of shellfish biology and ecology led to innovative culture and harvest practices that continues to improve survival and growth in shellfish farms throughout the United States and in many other countries. He and his students were responsible in large part for the development of triploid oysters, the standard used today in shellfish aquaculture. Even in retirement, he has continued to serve his profession as a scientific and technical expert and advisor.
In addition to presenting Dr. Chew with the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, AIFRB also provided a check to the SAFS Kenneth K. Chew Endowment Fund to further honor his exceptional lifetime accomplishments and contributions.