Alaska Sea Grant

Spatial Processes and Management of Fish Populations

17th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium

Anchorage, Alaska, USA
October 27-30, 1999

Contact: Brenda Baxter,

Registration Information
Updated 21 April 1999

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

Symposium Background

Critical aspects of fish population dynamics cannot be satisfactorily addressed by averaging estimated population parameters over the entire range of a stock. Many processes operate over relatively small spatial scales such as oceanic features needed for larval survival, predator and prey whose spatial distributions vary over time, and discrete habitats required for specific life history stages.

There is also growing interest in spatial management such as marine reserves for protecting seed stock to replenish overfished areas, experimental management areas to gather information on harvest strategy effectiveness, and closed areas to protect bycatch species or important habitats.

Substantial increases in desktop computing power have led to advances in geographic information systems (GIS), spatial statistics, and satellite technology that make spatial fishery research and management widely practical for the first time. The goal of this symposium is to gather worldwide expertise to discuss important spatial features of fish population dynamics, spatial fisheries management applications, and technological advances in this area of spatial fisheries research and management.


The registration desk will open at 8:00 AM Wednesday, October 27. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27, and conclude the afternoon of Saturday, October 30. There will be a reception and poster session after the presentations on Wednesday, October 27, and social hours and poster sessions after the presentations on Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29.

The program is divided into the following eight sessions with both oral and poster presentations in each:

  • Tools for Analysis
  • Modeling Approaches
  • Patterns in Life History and Population Parameters
  • Spatial Distributions of Populations
  • Relationships with the Physical Environment
  • Species Interactions
  • Patterns in Fish and Behavior
  • Marine Protected Areas and Experimental Management


The agenda has been posted and will be updated as needed.

The program includes presentations by researchers in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Namibia, New Caledonia, Norway, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, 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.


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

Information on availability and ordering of all Wakefield symposia proceedings is posted on the web.


The symposium will be held in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city and home to half the state's population. In October the average temperature is 41 degrees F with approximately 11 hours 30 minutes of daylight. The city is at 60 degrees N latitude on Cook Inlet, so come prepared--there will probably be snow.


All symposium sessions will be held at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska. The hotel offers a wide range of guest services; specific information can be obtained from their web site:

Guestroom accommodations are available for symposium participants at a special rate of $85.00* per night for a single room or $95.00* per night for a double room (*plus 8% tax). Be sure to make your reservations by September 27, 1999, and mention the Wakefield symposium to obtain this special rate. Make reservations directly with the hotel:

The Hotel Captain Cook
939 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
800/843-1950 (toll free)
907/276-6000 (voice)
907/343-2298 (fax)


The registration fee is $160.00 US if paid on or before October 1, 1999, or $200.00 if paid after October 1. The fee covers light continental breakfast and break refreshments daily; a reception on Wednesday, October 27; socials on Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29; 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 October 18, 1999.

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)

Special Tour

A one-day tour has been arranged on Sunday, October 31, to see the sights on the Kenai Peninsula, cruise Resurrection Bay, and visit the new Alaska SeaLife Center. The tour will leave Anchorage at 8:30 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.

Kenai Fjords Tours ( or 800/468-8068) will provide motor coach transportation from Anchorage to Seward and back. On the wildlife and natural history cruise explore cliffs and coves of Resurrection Bay, and view wildlife, seabirds and alpine/piedmont glaciers. A deli-style lunch will be served on board. After the cruise, tour the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Alaska SeaLife Center ( or 800/224-2525) is the only major subarctic, cold water marine research facility in the world. The SeaLife Center is unique in that it allows visitors to watch and learn about the various marine wildlife and at the same time interact with the scientists as they do research. This tour is customized for meeting participants and provides a full, behind the scenes guided tour of the laboratories, research activities, life support systems, and aquaria.


  • 8:30 AM Depart Anchorage
  • 11:00 AM Arrive in Seward
  • 12:00-3:00 PM Resurrection Bay Cruise (including lunch)
  • 3:00-5:00 PM Alaska SeaLife Center Tour
  • 5:00 PM Depart Seward
  • 7:30 PM Arrive Anchorage
  • Price: $98.10 per person

Make reservations directly with Kenai Fjords Tours. Give the Sea Grant Group booking #103978 for reservations on this tour at this price.

Kenai Fjords Tours
536 West 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
800/478-8068 ext. 2254 (toll free)
907/224-4588 (fax)

If you experience any difficulty making these reservations, ask specifically for Deniece or Carol.

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
Alaska Visitors Association
Recreational activities in Alaska

About the Lowell Wakefield Symposium Series

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.

The symposium series had its origin in the Americanization of the fisheries off Alaska in the late 1970s. At that time a lack of information on target species impeded the ability to make good management decisions. In 1979 the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) recommended that scientists meet to look at the pandalid shrimp resource, in circumpolar countries where the shrimp was commercially important. The meeting was held that year and a proceedings was published by Alaska Sea Grant. In 1980 the SSC suggested a meeting to provide information on herring. The meetings evolved into a series named in honor of Lowell Wakefield, who founded the Alaska king crab industry.

Wakefield recognized the two major ingredients necessary for the king crab fishery to survive were ensuring that a quality product was available to the consumer, and that a viable fishery could 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 career, 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.

Organizing Committee

Brenda Baxter, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant College Program
Martin Dorn, U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Susan Hills, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Marine Science
Gordon Kruse, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
David Witherell, North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Program Committee

David Ackley, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Bill Ballantine, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Nicolas Bez, École des Mines de Paris, France
Tony Booth, Rhodes University, South Africa
John Caddy, Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy
Nick Caputi, Western Australian Marine Research Laboratories, Australia
Jeremy Collie, University of Rhode Island
Rom Lipcius, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Dominique Pelletier, IFREMER, France
Jeff Polovina, U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, Hawaii
Claude Roy, Sea Fisheries Research Institute, South Africa
Stephen Smith, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Gordie Swartzman, University of Washington
Sigurd Tjelmeland, Institute of Marine Research, Norway


Alaska Sea Grant College Program
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service

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