Seafood science issues highlight upcoming gatherings

IPHC, NPFMC, Alaska Board of Fisheries take on a range of fisheries issues

Photo by Cinthia Gibbins-Simston/The Cordova Times

Harvesters, processors, research biologists and technologists engaged in boosting Alaska’s commercial fisheries industry have a busy meeting schedule from January through the start of the spring fishing season.

Alaska Board of Fisheries on finfish and shellfish

The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet Jan. 11-23 at the Sitka Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka to discuss Southeast and Yakutat finfish and shellfish issues. Shellfish issues are scheduled for Jan. 11-14, followed by finfish issues Jan. 15-22.

Meeting proposals are already posted at

An audio link will be posted on the Alaska Board of Fisheries page,

International Pacific Halibut Commission

The International Pacific Halibut Commission holds its 94th annual meeting Jan. 22-26 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower in Portland, Ore.

All documents for the meeting are posted online at


Register for the meeting on Eventbrite (  if planning to attend in person or for the webinar

(  if you would like to listen in.

Alaska Marine Science Symposium

The 2018 Alaska Marine Science Symposium, the state’s premier marine research conference, gets under way the same week, running from Jan. 22-26 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

The conference is organized by regional themes: Arctic, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska, with topics ranging from ocean physics to human dimensions and everything in between.

Register online at

Program details, including keynote speakers and all presentations, are at

Pacific Fisheries Technologists

The 69th Pacific Fisheries Technologists Conference is set for Feb. 5-7 at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska’s largest alpine skiing area.

PFT President Chris Sannito, a seafood technology specialist and research assistant professor for the University of Alaska Fairbanks with the Marine Advisory Program at Kodiak said details were still being worked out at a meeting set for the first week of January. The annual international event moves between the Pacific States and provinces of Mexico, the US and Canada.

This year’s theme is “Tools of the Trade,” with a line-up of presentations focused on cutting edge equipment, diagnostics and technologies to aid seafood technologists, plus a discussion on how the regulatory environment adapts with the innovation and growth of the industry.

Register at

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Again, that same week, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council holds its February meeting at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle.

The meeting agenda, schedule and documents are all posted online in advance of the meeting at

NPFMC meetings are all open to the public, except for executive sessions.

To listen over the Internet, log on when the meeting begins at

Alaska Board of Fisheries on Dungeness crab, shrimp and shellfish

The Alaska Board of Fisheries meets March 6-9 at the Egan Center in Anchorage to take up statewide Dungeness crab, shrimp and miscellaneous shellfish issues.

Information is posted at

Kachemak Bay Science Conference

Head for the Kachemak Bay Science Conference March 7-10 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.

Online registration is free at

Conference organizers said that even though the conference is free it is important to register for workshop sessions as well as the conference.

This year’s theme is “Science Without Borders: Working across disciplines, boundaries and barriers.

The general agenda is online at

Copper River Delta Science Symposium

The 14th Copper River Delta Science Symposium at the Cordova Community Center in Cordova is set for March 27-28. This is a forum for researchers and managers aimed at better integrating current knowledge and planning future research efforts for the Copper River Delta. The keynote speaker is still to be announced.

Talks will include topics ranging from estuary and marine waters to invertebrates, birds and mammals and fish. An opening reception is planned for the evening of March 27.

Registration online is at

This meeting schedule will be updated as more information on these and other meetings becomes available.