Biology, Assessment, and Management of North Pacific
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
September 13–15, 2005
For information on the proceedings book, contact: Sue Keller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alaska Sea Grant will publish a peer-reviewed proceedings,
including full papers based on oral and poster presentations, soon after the
symposium. A guide to manuscript preparation
179 KB) is available online.
This symposium will be held as part of the 2005
annual meeting of
the American Fisheries Society, "Creating a Fisheries Mosaic." The
5-day AFS meeting will include contributed papers, workshops, a
trade show, and symposia on several topics.
The rockfish symposium is the 23rd Wakefield Fisheries Symposium,
organized by Alaska Sea Grant. One of the tenets of the Wakefield
Symposium Series is that fishery managers and policy makers must have credible,
research-based information on which to base management decisions. This principle
is ever more important for the assemblage of rockfish species in the genus Sebastes. Rockfish
diverse, are difficult to distinguish, and have a large
and enthusiastic following in the commercial and recreational fishery. It
is not surprising, given the array of color polymorphisms in some species,
Sebastes translates to "Magnificent" (Love
et al. 2002).
Some of the 100+ rockfish species of the northwestern and
northeastern Pacific are currently experiencing declines
in abundance, especially off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Some rockfish are more vulnerable to exploitation based on
species-specific life history traits such as long life, variable recruitment
success, habitat fidelity, and changing oceanographic conditions. In the
long tradition of Lowell Wakefield Fisheries symposia, this rockfish symposium
will extend the knowledge base and bridge the gap between contemporary rockfish
science and management challenges since the Wakefield rockfish symposium
held in 1986 in Anchorage.
The goal of this symposium is to convene scientists, fishery
managers, and industry to discuss rockfish biology, taxonomy, assessment techniques,
and management strategies to promote sustainability and conservation on both
sides of the North Pacific. It is also a prime opportunity to address
future research needs.
Session topics will include:
- Biology and life history
- Genetics and speciation
- Ageing and growth
- Fishery management
- Habitat requirements
- Stock assessment
The agenda is on the Web and will be updated as needed.
The official language of the symposium is English. Participants needing
interpretation or translation services should provide their own, and
notify the symposium coordinator.
Abstracts for oral or poster presentations were
due no later than March 18, 2005.
If you have any questions about the online abstract
submission form, please contact the AFS
guidelines are available on the AFS Web site and were updated August
Please note that PowerPoint presentations must be submitted by Wednesday,
September 7, to the IMIG A/V website (see link above for details).
Location and Registration
AFS meeting sessions will be held at the Egan Center and
the Performing Arts Center, downtown Anchorage. Sessions for the Wakefield
rockfish symposium will be held at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel. Guest rooms
will be available at a special rate for meeting participants at the Hilton
Hotel and other nearby hotels. Lodging
information and meeting
registration are available through the AFS Web site. Online
registration is available to both AFS members and nonmembers; to register
as a nonmember, choose "Non-AFS Member" under Registration Type on the form.
Student Poster Award
Mrs. Frankie Wakefield, widow of Lowell Wakefield after whom
the symposium series is named, recently passed away. To honor her commitment
to the Wakefield Symposium series, we will provide a cash award plus gift certificate
to the winning student poster at this meeting. All those wishing to enter the
competition should notify Sherri Pristash, symposium coordinator, at email@example.com or
- Jane DiCosimo
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
- Tony Gharrett
University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau Center
- Jon Heifetz
NOAA Fisheries, Auke Bay Lab
- Rod Moore
West Coast Seafood Processors Association
- Victoria O'Connell
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
- Sherri Pristash
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant
- Mike Rust
NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
- Rick Stanley
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Biological Station
- Brian Allee
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant
For More Information
If you have questions or comments regarding this symposium,
please address them to:
Sherri Pristash, Symposium Coordinator
Alaska Sea Grant College Program
PO Box 755040
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5040 USA
Love, M.S., M. Yoklavich, and L. Thorsteinson. 2002. The
Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific. University of California Press, Berkeley.