2024 Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium

April 16–18, 2024 • Sitka, Alaska

Shifting distributions and phenologies: implications for fisheries


Registration and abstract submission will open in December. Abstracts submission and early bird registration will be open through Tuesday, February 13, 2024.


The 2024 Wakefield Fisheries Symposium will bring fishery researchers and managers together to address how political, jurisdictional, and survey management structures can adapt to environmental changes and shifting species distributions. Participants worldwide are invited to share case studies and contrast approaches in different regions. Discussions will be forward-looking and solutions-focused.

Hotel and venue

All meeting sessions will be held at the Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka.

There is a room block reserved at the Westmark Sitka, a 3-min walk from Centennial Hall, for a discounted rate of $149 plus room taxes and fees ($20 extra person charge). Reservations can be made by calling (907) 747-6241 or (800) 544-0970 and referencing the group name Sea Grant.  Unreserved rooms in the room block will be released February 16.

Science program committee

  • Keith Criddle (Chair), UAF CFOS
  • Matthew Baker, North Pacific Research Board
  • Molly Cain, UAF Alaska Sea Grant
  • Ginny Eckert, UAF Alaska Sea Grant
  • Robert Foy, NOAA Fisheries
  • Davin Holen, UAF Alaska Sea Grant
  • Chris Siddon, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Diana Stram, North Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • James Thorson, NOAA Fisheries

About the Wakefield Fisheries Symposium series

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program has been sponsoring and coordinating the Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium series since 1982, in partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and the North Pacific Research Board.

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.

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