Social Events


Welcome Social,

Monday March 18, 6 – 9 PM, Sitka Sound Science Center (834 Lincoln St)

Join us as we kick off the 45th Annual Alaska Chapter AFS Meeting with drinks and delicious light appetizers at the Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC)! The SSSC is located just a short walk from Harrigan Centennial Hall and all downtown hotels. During the welcome social, you’ll have access to the Molly O. Ahlgren aquarium, can check out a variety of creatures found in Southeast Alaskan waters, play a unique version of PLINKO, inspect a killer whale skeleton (physically and digitally reconstructed), and view many more exciting displays, all while visiting with your colleagues.


Poster and Tradeshow

Tuesday 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: Tales from Alaska’s Researchers

Tuesday March 19, 7:30 – 9 PM, Centennial Hall Auditorium

Following the poster session and tradeshow, we will be hosting a community event to showcase the work of three Alaskan researchers. Presentations were designed for both AK-AFS members and the general public, and focus on locally relevant fisheries topics. Each presentation will touch on a distinct aspect of ongoing research from around the state. Following the three-part series, we will provide a space for open discussion with the researchers and how their work impacts our local systems. This event is designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge sharing among fishery researchers, community members, and resource users.


Trivia Night

Wednesday March 20, 6 – 9 PM, The Pub (407 Lincoln St)

Are you ready to impress your friends and colleagues with your (trivial) knowledge of fishes and fisheries? Join us for a fun-filled evening of friendly fisheries and ocean-themed trivia at The Bayview Pub across the street from Centennial Hall! Topics will range from freshwater fauna to deep-sea dwellers – from Southeast Alaska to the icy Arctic. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and network with other fishery fanatics while vying for prizes and enjoying pub-style food and drinks (on your own).


Concluding Banquet

Thursday March 21, 6:30 – 9 PM, Centennial Hall Auditorium

The banquet will be held in the main auditorium of Harrigan Centennial Hall. Here, we will enjoy a delicious catered dinner (featuring black cod tips) while celebrating the closing of another successful meeting! We will also recognize excellent research being conducted by the next generation of fisheries scientists as we present winners of the student award competition! There will also be a live auction featuring a variety of exciting local and technical products. Be sure to bid in support of future meetings and student travel. You won’t want to miss this event!