Alaska Sea Grant

Crab 2001
Crab 2001
Crabs in Cold Water Regions: Biology, Management, and Economics

19th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium

Anchorage, Alaska, USA
January 17-20, 2001

Contact: Brenda Baxter,

Registration Information
Updated 5 September 2000

* Symposium Background
* Program/Agenda
* Location and Facilities
* Registration
* Area Sightseeing
* Proceedings
* About the Wakefield Symposium Series
* Organizing Committee and Sponsors

Symposium Background

In the past decade there has been significant research progress on crabs from cold water regions of the world. However, there is continual development of fisheries harvesting new species whose life histories are poorly understood. Development of size-based modeling techniques is providing better insights into crab population dynamics. In many areas, survey and fishery data now span 20-30 years, thus advancing our understanding of decadal-scale fluctuations of many of the longer-lived species, and helping to uncover relationships with ocean climate and other components of the marine ecosystem. To exploit this database, it is necessary to seek improved information about crab environmental biology.

Advances in the study of mating biology, behavior, endocrinology, and associated environmental cues have provided deeper insights into the complexities of reproduction. Technological advances are opening up exciting new ways to study crab species in situ that never before existed. Fishery management is also evolving with the development of rights-based fishing strategies, focus on habitat protection, establishment of marine refugia, and increased emphasis on resource conservation in the face of global overfishing concerns. And yet, many aspects of basic biology, distribution, life history, and ecology of crabs remain unknown, and the key elements of the recruitment process remain poorly understood, particularly for species inhabiting the more remote regions of the world.

The goal of the crab symposium in January 2001 is to bring together crab scientists and fishery managers to share recent research advances, synthesize new findings, and discuss future research avenues on crabs in cold water regions of the world.


The registration desk will open at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 17. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, and will conclude Saturday afternoon, January 20. There will be a reception after the presentations on Wednesday, January 17, and social hours with poster sessions after the presentations on Thursday and Friday, January 18 and 19.

The oral presentations are divided into the following sessions:

  • Life History, Growth, and Mortality
  • Reproductive Biology and Behavior
  • Recruitment and Population Dynamics
  • Fisheries and Stock Assessment
  • Environmental, Ecological, and Habitat Relationships
  • Syntheses of Fishery Histories, Management Strategies, and Economics
The agenda is on the Alaska Sea Grant web site and will be updated as needed. The program includes presentations by researchers from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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

Location and Facilities

The symposium will be held in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city and home to half the state's population. In January the average temperature is 20°F with approximately 9 hours of daylight. The city is at 60°N latitude on Cook Inlet, so come prepared—there should be snow.

All symposium sessions will be held at the Regal Alaskan Hotel. The hotel offers a wide range of guest services, including complimentary transportation to and from the airport and downtown. Visit the Regal Alaskan Hotel's web site for specific information.

Guest room accommodations are available for symposium participants at a special rate of $79.00* per night for a single room or $94.00* per night for a double room (*plus 8% tax). Be sure to make your reservations by January 3, 2001, and mention the Wakefield symposium to obtain this special rate. Make reservations directly with the hotel:

Regal Alaskan Hotel
4800 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99517
800/544-0553 (toll free)
907/243-2300 (voice)
907/243-8815 (fax)


The registration fee is $175.00 US if paid on or before December 14, 2000, or $200.00 US if paid after December 14. The fee covers light continental breakfast and break refreshments daily; a reception on Wednesday, January 17; socials on Thursday and Friday, January 18 and 19; symposium materials; and a copy of the symposium proceedings. You are urged to register and pay your fees in advance so that adequate materials are available.

Make checks payable to University of Alaska Sea Grant. Payment can also be made by VISA or Mastercard. If it becomes necessary to cancel your registration, fees will be refunded at 75% if notice is received by January 3, 2001.

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

For further information contact:

Symposium Coordinator
Alaska Sea Grant College Program
PO Box 755040
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5040 USA
907/474-6701 (voice)
907/474-6285 (fax) (e-mail)


Area Sightseeing

For other sightseeing and cultural opportunities you may wish to take advantage of while in Anchorage, check out the following web sites:

Municipality of Anchorage
Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau
Recreational activities in Alaska


A peer-reviewed symposium proceedings including all papers and posters presented will be published as soon after the symposium as possible.

For a copy of the proceedings of the 1989 King and Tanner Crab Symposium (AK-SG-90-04; $14.00 US for US and Canada, $24.00 US for overseas) or the 1995 HIgh Latitude Crab Symposium (AK-SG-96-02; $30.00 US for US and Canada, $50.00 US for overseas, order online or by mail or phone: send checks payable to University of Alaska Sea Grant, or Mastercard/VISA numbers and expiration date, to:

Alaska Sea Grant Publications
PO Box 755040
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5040 USA
907/474-6707 (voice)
907/474-6285 (fax)
888/789-0090 (toll free) (e-mail)

Proceedings of all Wakefield symposia have been published. Information on availability and ordering is on our web site.

About the Lowell Wakefield Symposium Series and Endowment

The University of Alaska Sea Grant College Program has been sponsoring and coordinating the Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium series since 1982. 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.

Lowell Wakefield was the founder of the Alaska king crab industry. He recognized two major ingredients necessary for the king crab fishery to survive—ensuring that a quality product be made available to the consumer, and that a viable fishery can be maintained only through sound management practices based on the best scientific data available. Lowell Wakefield and Wakefield Seafoods played important roles in the development and implementation of quality control legislation, in the preparation of fishing regulations for Alaskan waters, and in drafting international agreements for the high seas. Toward the end of his life, Lowell Wakefield joined the faculty of the University of Alaska as an adjunct professor of fisheries, where he influenced the early directions of the university's Sea Grant Program. The symposium series is named in honor of Lowell Wakefield and his many contributions to Alaska's fisheries.

In 2000, Frankie Wakefield, Lowell's wife, made a gift to the University of Alaska Foundation to establish an endowment to continue this series. Additional donations to this endowment are encouraged in order to extend the support to the symposia. Donations may be made along with symposium registration (see the registration form).

Organizing Committee

  • Brenda Baxter, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant College Program
  • Earl Dawe, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
  • Glen Jamieson, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
  • Gordon Kruse, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Bob Otto, U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
  • A.J. Paul, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Marine Science
  • Dave Witherell, North Pacific Fishery Management Council


  • Alaska Sea Grant College Program
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • North Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Wakefield Endowment, University of Alaska Foundation

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