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2nd International Seafood Byproduct Conference

Anchorage, Alaska, USA
10-13 November 2002

Contact: Donald Kramer
(907) 274-9691 ext. 5

* Call for papers
* Background
* Program
* Schedule
* Location and Facilities
* Registration
* Proceedings

* Organizing Committee
* Program Committee
* Sponsors

* Pre-Conference Tour
* Air Travel Discounts
* Authors' and presenters' information


In 1990, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and University of Alaska Sea Grant sponsored the International Conference on Fishery Byproducts. In the decade since, huge changes have occurred. At present the Alaska seafood industry harvests approximately 2 million metric tons of seafood for human seafood markets. Over 60% of the food fish caught in U.S. waters comes from Alaska. The amount of fish processing wastes generated from human food processing operations is in excess of 1.1 million metric tons annually. Fish byproduct utilization and fish waste disposal issues are more important than ever to the survivability and sustainability of fishing industries.

Many changes have occurred since the 1990 conference. These include:
  • New environmental concerns and regulations have changed the face of seafood harvesting and processing industries.
  • Advances in technology have increased the percentage of fish biomass used as human food and changed the character of seafood processing byproducts.
  • The world supply of fish meals and oils used for aquaculture and animal feeds has been volatile due to climatic changes that affect large industrial fisheries.
  • Fueled by advances in medical sciences, more fish oils and other functional foods derived from seafoods are consumed as human dietary components.
  • Technologists have been hard at work producing new secondary products for human, animal, and industrial uses from the byproducts of seafood processing.
  • New and improved methods are continually becoming available to address fish byproduct safety and processing issues.
With changes in supply, quality specifications, uses, markets, and transportation, it seems prudent to assemble a conference to review these changes and to project where we are headed. To this end we announce the 2nd International Seafood Byproduct Conference to be held in Anchorage, Alaska, 10–13 November 2002.


The registration desk will be open 3:00–5:00 PM Sunday, November 10, in the lobby of the Captain Cook Hotel and again each day of the meeting beginning at 8:00 AM. The program will begin at 9:00 AM Monday, November 11. There will be an "icebreaker" reception on Sunday, November 10 from 5:00–7:00 PM, where you can make new acquaintances and renew old acquaintances, as well as a reception on Monday, November 11, at the conclusion of the first day's meetings.

You can find detailed tentative schedule at

The official language of the conference is English. Participants needing interpretation or translation services should provide their own.

Location and Facilities

The symposium will be held in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. In November temperatures average 28° F and there is 9 hours of daylight. There may be snow so come prepared.

All symposium sessions will be held at the Hotel Captain Cook. Visit the hotel's Web site for specific information:

Guest room accommodations are available for conference participants at a special rate of $80.00* per night for single or double occupancy (* plus 8% tax). Be sure to make your reservations by October 10, 2002, and mention the 2nd Byproduct Conference to get this special rate. Make reservations with the Captain Cook directly:

Hotel Captain Cook
4th and K Street,
Anchorage, AK 99501 USA
907/276-6000 (voice Hotel Captain Cook)
800/843-1950 (toll free onsite reservations)
800/323-7500 (toll free via Preferred Hotels)


The registration fee is $200.00 US if paid on or before October 1, 2002, or $230.00 US if paid after October 1, 2002. The fee covers breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, November 11–13; luncheon on Monday and Tuesday, November 11 and 12; the "icebreaker" on Sunday, November 10; the reception on Monday, November 11; conference materials; and a copy of the proceedings book. You are urged to register and pay your fees in advance so that adequate materials are available.

Make checks payable to Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation. Payment may also be made by Mastercard or Visa. If it becomes necessary to cancel your registration, fees will be refunded at 75% if notice is received by November 1, 2002.

To register for the symposium, fill out and return our printable registration form to the symposium coordinator, or register online using our secure form.

Timothy Sullivan
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
900 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 400
Anchorage, AK 99501
tel 907 276-7315
fax 907 271-3450


A comprehensive proceedings volume will be published after the conference by University of Alaska Sea Grant. Presenters will be asked to provide hard copy and electronic copy of their presentations for inclusion in the proceedings.

Organizing Committee

  • Jerry Babbitt (conference chair), National Marine Fisheries Service, Kodiak, Alaska
  • Brenda Baxter, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant College Program, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Peter J. Bechtel, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Robin Cababa, The Oceanic Institute, Waimanalo, Hawaii
  • Ian Forster, The Oceanic Institute, Waimanalo, Hawaii
  • Ronald W. Hardy, University of Idaho, Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, Hagerman, Idaho
  • Marc Jones, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Donald Kramer, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Marine Advisory Program, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Scott Smiley, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fishery Industrial Technology Center, Kodiak, Alaska

Program Committee

  • Jerry Babbitt (conference chair), National Marine Fisheries Service, Kodiak, Alaska
  • Peter J. Bechtel, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Anthony P. Bimbo, Technical Consultant, Kilmarnock, Virginia
  • Ian Forster, The Oceanic Institute, Waimanalo, Hawaii
  • Ronald W. Hardy, University of Idaho, Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, Hagerman, Idaho
  • Marc Jones, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska
  • John Kilpatrick, Marine Protein and Oil Consultant, West Vancouver, British Columbia


(Additional sponsors are encouraged and solicited.)

Pre-Conference Tour

A pre-conference tour will be conducted in Kodiak, Alaska on November 9, 2002:
  • 9:00 am: Welcome and orientation at Kodiak Inn, including continental breakfast.
  • Tour Alaska Pacific Seafoods, a modern whitefish processing plant, and Kodiak Fish Meal Company, a modern fish meal processing plant. Transportation will be provided.
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishery Industrial Technology Center (FITC).
  • Discussion of ongoing FITC, U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projects; tour of facility and time to see historic and scenic sights of Kodiak.
  • 4:30 - 6:00 pm: Informal reception, place to be announced.
  • Dinner on your own.

Costs for the tour include:

Airfare – $190.00 via ERA airlines out of Anchorage. Reservations and payment to be made directly with the airline at 1-800-866-8394 (in the U.S.) and 1-907-266-8394 (outside of the U.S.). Please quote the identification code N*FITC02. Alaska Airlines also flies between Anchorage and Kodiak. See their information below and contact the ariline directly for fares and restrictions.

Hotel – Best Western Kodiak Inn has reserved guest rooms for this pre-conference tour at the rate of $79 single and $89 double, plus tax, per night. Reservations and payment should be made directly with the hotel. Be sure to make your reservations no later than October 27, 2002, and mention the 2nd International Seafood Byproduct Pre-Conference Tour to obtain this rate.

Best Western Kodiak Inn
236 Rezanof Drive West Kodiak, AK 99615
888-563-4254 (toll free inside the U.S.)
907-486-3430 (fax)

Registration fee – $50.00 to cover breakfast, lunch, and a reception at FITC after the tour. To be paid to AFDF along with conference registration (see registration form).

Air Travel Discounts

Alaska Airlines has offered a discount on airfare on any Alaska/Horizon Airlines and specific American Airlines codeshare cities. The options include 15% off full fares and 10% off excursion fares for tickets purchased 60 days or more prior to travel on Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air flights. The discounts apply to travel to Anchorage between November 6 and November 15, 2002, to attend the Conference, and to Kodiak on November 8 and 10, 2002, for the Pre-Conference Tour. Call Alaska Airlines Group Department for details and restrictions at 1-800-445-4435.

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