Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium Series

Tools and Strategies for Assessment and Management of Data-Limited Fish Stocks

May 12–15, 2015
Hotel Captain Cook • Anchorage

The goal of this international symposium is to encourage development of new tools and strategies for assessment and management of data-limited commercial and recreational fisheries in marine and freshwater areas. For more information, visit the Wakefield 2015 conference website.

About the Wakefield symposia

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program has been sponsoring and coordinating the Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium series since 1982, in partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. These meetings are a forum for information exchange in biology, management, economics, and processing of various fish species and complexes, as well as an opportunity for scientists from high-latitude countries to meet informally and discuss their work.

For information on current and recent Wakefield symposia, see our main symposium web page and our archives. We also have a complete list of all Wakefield proceedings published since 1982.

The series is named in honor of Lowell Wakefield and his many contributions to Alaska's fisheries. Wakefield, who is regarded as the founder of the Alaska king crab industry, recognized that for the fishery to survive, superb quality seafood products must be provided to the consumer, and resource management must be based on the best available scientific data.

Since its inception, the Wakefield symposium series has addressed subjects that are timely and key to the understanding and management of commercially harvested marine species. Topics have included:

The Wakefield endowment

An enduring investment in North Pacific ocean resources

In 2000, Frankie Wakefield, Lowell's wife, made a gift to the University of Alaska Fairbanks to establish an endowment to continue the series that honors her husband's commitment to wise management and utilization of marine resources.

Your contribution to this endowment will make you a valued partner in the challenging and critically important effort to maintain and build the vitality of the living resources in the world's bountiful high latitude seas.

Some reasons to invest in the Lowell Wakefield Symposium Series

Fishery managers and policy makers must have credible, research-based information on which to base management decisions. The Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium Series is the only high-latitude marine fisheries conference series in the world that convenes experts who share information about the complex biology and ecology of cold-water marine species.

Alaska's marine fisheries help feed the nation and world, and support Alaska's second-largest private industry—commercial fishing and processing. These vast fisheries also underpin the state's subsistence economy and provide the basis for a world-renowned sport fishery.

Social and economic health depend on wise management of the North Pacific marine resources. The Lowell Wakefield Symposium Series is aimed directly at helping fishery managers get the information they need to do their jobs effectively.

More good reasons to invest in the endowment:

Your contribution will help guarantee the continuation of the Wakefield Fisheries Symposium Series. Contributions may be earmarked for the Wakefield Endowment or for a specific symposium. Contact Alaska Sea Grant at 907-474-6701 or seagrant.meetings@alaska.edu.

Complete list of Wakefield symposia

(in reverse chronological order)

Number Year Symposium
30th 2015 Tools and Strategies for Assessment and Management of Data-Limited Fish Stocks
29th 2014 Fisheries Bycatch: Global Issues and Creative Solutions
28th 2013 Responses of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change
27th 2011 Fishing People of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change
26th 2010 Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management
25th 2009 Biology and Management of Exploited Crab Populations under Climate Change
24th 2006 Resiliency of Gadid Stocks to Fishing and Climate Change
23rd 2005 Biology, Assessment, and Management of North Pacific Rockfishes
22nd 2004 Sea Lions of the World: Conservation and Research in the 21st Century
21st 2003 Fisheries in Data-Limited Situations
20th 2002 Genetics of Subpolar Fish and Invertebrates
19th 2001 Crab2001: Crabs in Cold Water Regions: Biology, Management, and Economics
18th 2000 Herring2000: Expectations for a New Millenium
17th 1999 Spatial Processes and Management of Fish Populations
16th 1998 Ecosystem Considerations in Fisheries Management
15th 1997 Fishery Stock Assessment Models for the 21st Century: Combining Multiple Information Sources
14th 1996 International Symposium on the Role of Forage Fishes in Marine Ecosystems
13th 1995 International Symposium on Biology, Management, and Economics of Crabs from High Latitude Habitats
12th 1994 International Symposium on North Facific Flatfish
11th 1993 International Symposium on Genetics of Subarctic Fish and Shellfish
10th 1992 International Symposium on Management Strategies for Exploited Fish Populations
9th 1990 International Herring Symposium
8th 1989 International Symposium on King and Tanner Crabs
7th 1988 International Symposium on the Biology and Management of Walleye Pollock
6th 1986 International Rockfish Symposium
5th 1986 International Symposium on Seafood Quality Determination
4th 1985 International King Crab Symposium
3rd 1984 Symposium on Dungeness Crab Biology and Management
2nd 1983 International Sablefish Symposium
1st 1982 International Symposium on the Genus Chionoecetes