Garrett leads research initiatives, examining the existing value of Alaska’s ocean economy while describing the opportunity it offers. He supports a broad coalition of partners focused on economic development, increasing entrepreneurialism, and preparing coastal communities for the future. Garrett is particularly interested in the application of machine vision to seafood processing, modern seafood harvest methods, and new transportation strategies for the seafood industry. Originally from Kodiak, he commercially harvested salmon, Pacific cod, halibut, shrimp, and king crab from Southeast to the Bering Sea. After studying economics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Garrett served as a consulting economist at McKinley Research Group (formerly McDowell Group) for seven years. He supported more than 150 research projects on topics including mining, oil & gas, fisheries, maritime infrastructure, economic development, and business strategy, among others. Garrett enjoys skiing, running, camping, gardening, and exploring Alaska with his wife and two children.