Rough schedule of conference events

Below is an outline of scheduled events for this conference. Please continue to check back here as event timings may shift slightly.

Schedule At A Glance

Oral Presentation Schedule

Full Program

Full Program with Abstracts


Schedule Overview


Continuing Education Workshops

Mon. March 18, 8 AM – 5 PM. Centennial Hall, rooms 2 &3

We are offering two continuing education courses this year: a marine safety and survival course for scientists and marine researchers, and an R statistics course “An Introduction to R” to introduce students to R and R Studio. Availability in both courses is dependent upon space, so reserve early. For more information, please see Continuing Education Workshops.


Welcome Social

Mon. March 18, 6–9 PM. Location: Sitka Sound Science Center, 834 Lincoln St

Please join us as we kick off the AFS Alaska Chapter Meeting with delicious appetizers and drinks at the Sitka Sound Science Center. The SSSC is located just a short walk from Centennial Hall. It houses the Molly O. Ahlgren Aquarium where you can touch the creatures found in our Southeast Alaska tidal pools, see fishes and invertebrates in the saltwater aquarium, check out the killer whale skeleton, and find many more exciting displays while visiting with your colleagues!


Conference Welcome & Oral Symposia

Tues. March 19, 9 AM – 5 PM. Centennial Hall

Our first day of the conference will begin with a Cultural Welcome, a plenary by local fisherman Linda Behnken, and 1-minute 1-slide poster previews. The afternoon features two symposia on Alaska management  and  drivers of freshwater productivity in salmon population.

Poster Session and Trade Show

Tues. March 19, 5:30–7:30 PM. Centennial Hall Rooms 1-3

This social highlights our professional posters and industry vendors. The poster session offers students, scientists, and researchers a place to showcase and discuss their work one-on-one with attendees while enjoying appetizers and drinks. Vendors in our trade show will display their products and will be available to answer questions.


Fishing for Information: Research Presentations

Tues. March 19, 7:30–9 PM. Centennial Hall, Main Auditorium

Following the poster session and tradeshow, we are hosting three dynamic mixed-media presentations designed for the Sitka general public on locally relevant fisheries topics.  Each presentation will be followed by a ten-minute open session.  This event is designed to facilitate knowledge sharing between cutting-edge fishery researchers and Sitka community members and resource users.


Oral Symposia

Weds. March 20, 9 AM – 4 PM. Centennial Hall

Day 2 of the conference kicks off with an inspiring plenary talk by Erin Harrington of the “Salmon Project” and then follows with symposia on Aquaculture in Alaska and the importance of advocacy in our field. The Environmental Concerns meeting will commence immediately following the conclusion of the final presentations.


Trivia Night

Weds. March 20, 6–9 PM. The Pub, 407 Lincoln St

Are you ready to impress your friends and colleagues with your knowledge of fishes and fisheries? Join us for a fun-filled evening of fisheries and ocean-themed trivia at The Pub! Topics will range from intertidal critters to deep-sea dwellers, from Southeast Alaska to the icy Arctic waters. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and network with professionals while winning prizes and enjoying pub-style food and drinks on your own.


Spawning Run 5K

Thurs. March 21, 8–9 AM. Starts in front of Centennial Hall

Shake off those conference legs and come out for a very fun scenic run or walk through beautiful downtown Sitka. We’ll be running along the ocean, with sweeping views of Mount Edgecumbe, and going past many historical sites. Walkers are very welcome! Course is here.


Oral Symposia

Thurs. March 21, 9 AM – 5 PM. Centennial Hall

Plenary speaker Tom Thornton will start off the final day speaking about Sitka Sound herring. We will then cover the final two symposia about local involvement and population and community dynamics.


Concluding Banquet

Thurs. March 21, 6:30–9 PM. Centennial Hall

Our banquet will be held in the main auditorium at Centennial Hall. Here, we’ll be enjoying a delicious catered dinner (with black cod tips!), a live auction, awards, and other fun events while we celebrate the closing of another annual meeting! You won’t want to miss this social.


Whale Watching & Hatchery Tour

Fri. March 22, 8:15 AM – 12:30 PM. Meet in front of Centennial Hall

Come join us on an “Only in Sitka” ocean cruise that offers the opportunity to observe sea otters, whales, sea lions, and herring activity here in Sitka Sound. We’ll spend two hours watching wildlife, followed by a cruise out to Medvejie Hatchery where we will get a one-hour private tour. Light breakfast snacks and coffee are provided. Spaces will go quickly so book ahead of time. See the Wildlife Tour page for more information!”



If you have any questions about any social events, please contact Rhea Ehresmann,