Past Symposia

The series is named in honor of Lowell Wakefield and his many contributions to Alaska's fisheries. Wakefield, regarded as the founder of the Alaska king crab industry, recognized that for the fishery to survive, superb quality seafood products must be provided to the consumer, and resource management must be based on the best available scientific data.

Presentation and poster files from the 2017 Symposium, Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Dynamics of High-latitude Fish and Fisheries, are available for download.

Please contact us for more information or specific documents related to past Symposia.


Since its inception, the Wakefield symposium series has addressed subjects that are timely and key to the understanding and management of commercially harvested marine species. Topics have included:

  • Biology, ecology, and economics of crabs, rockfishes, pollock, flatfishes, and herring
  • Genetics of subpolar fish and invertebrates
  • Management strategies for exploited fish populations, fishery stock assessment models, ecosystem considerations, and spatial processes and management of fish populations
  • The effects of climate change on species and fishery management

Published proceedings

Proceedings 1989-present

2016: Assessing and Managing Data-Limited Fish Stocks

2015: Fisheries Bycatch: Global Issues and Creative Solutions

2013: Responses of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change

2012: Fishing People of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change

2012: Global Progress in Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

2009: Biology and Management of Exploited Crab Populations under Climate Change

2006: Resiliency of Gadid Stocks to Fishing and Climate Change

2005: Biology, Assessment, and Management of North Pacific Rockfishes

2004: Sea Lions of the World: Conservation and Research in the 21st Century

2003: Fisheries Assessment and Management in Data-Limited Situations

2002: Genetics of Subpolar Fish and Invertebrates

2001: Crabs in Cold Water Regions: Biology, Management, and Economics

2000: Herring: Expectations for a New Millennium

1999: Spatial Processes and Management of Fish Populations

1998: Ecosystem Approaches for Fisheries Management

1997: Fishery Stock Assessment Models*

1996: Forage Fishes in Marine Ecosystems

1995: Biology, Management, and Economics of Crabs from High Latitude Habitats

1994: North Pacific Flatfish

1993: Genetics of Subarctic Fish and Shellfish*

1992: Management Strategies for Exploited Fish Populations

1990: International Herring Symposium

1989: King and Tanner Crabs*

*Out of print but available from the National Sea Grant Library

Out of print proceedings