Climate change is focus of fisheries symposium

Impacts of a changing environment on the dynamics of high-latitude fish and fisheries will be the focus of the 31st Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium in Anchorage May 9-11 at the Hotel Captain Cook.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Professor Hans-Otto Portner of the Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Officials with the Alaska Sea Grant program, organizers of the event, said discussions would include the influence of ocean temperatures on Chinook salmon, the Blob and walleye Pollock, effects of ocean acidification on Pacific cod, an evaluation of management strategies under projected environmental changes, and coastal community adaptation to climate change.

The complete agenda is online at

Registration is still open online at the same website.