John Faris is the Captain of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Research Vessel Tiglax (TEKH-lah – the Aleut word for eagle). He has been a crew member aboard the Tiglax for 16 prior seasons, serving in the Deck department from 2001-2013, as Relief 1st Mate (and Deckhand) from 2009-2013, and as 1st Mate full-time from 2014-2016. John has played an essential role as part of the ship’s crew supporting research efforts, as resource management programs, and Alaska Native village outreach and education efforts. In a season, the R/V Tiglax may sail to islands in Southeast Alaska, the far western end of the Aleutian Chain, and into the Bering Sea, annually traveling some 15,000 to 20,000 nautical miles. John intimately knows the ship’s operation and has extensive experience working in the often challenging conditions encountered in Alaska’s waters.