Alaska Marine Science Symposium is Jan 23-27

The 2017 Alaska Marine Science Symposium opens Jan. 23 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, with five keynote speeches fill the agenda for the afternoon.

Each of the next three days of the annual symposium focuses on marine life in different areas of Alaska, with the Gulf of Alaska on Jan. 24; the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands on Jan. 25, and the Arctic on Jan. 26.

The symposium concludes with a schedule of workshops on Jan. 27.

The event attracts an international group of scientists, and graduate students doing dozens of presentations on their research work, and people engaged in all areas of the commercial fisheries industry.

Poster sessions for AMSS 2017 will be hosted at the Egan Center, near the Hotel Captain Cook, on the evenings of Jan. 23 and Jan. 24.

For details on AMSS are online at


The North Pacific Research Board, created by Congress in 1997 to recommend marine research activities to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, is the organizer of the symposium.  The new executive director of the NPRB, Betsy Baker, has extensive background in marine Arctic issues.  She succeeds Denby Lloyd, who has retired.