The American Fisheries Society – Alaska Chapter and the American Water Resources Association are pleased to come together again to co-host the 2017 annual chapter meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska March 19-23, 2017 at the Westmark Hotel.  The Program Planning Committee is seeking to design a meeting that integrates the fields of fisheries and hydrology from the industry, agency, and stakeholder perspectives.  We have drafted a set of sessions that attempt to capture issues that span disciplines, species, and ecosystems which will benefit the broad audience our organizations represent.

We are excited to gather to discuss this year’s theme of 

“Alaskan Fisheries and Waters:  Success, limitation and innovation in the face of data scarcity and uncertainty.” 

The theme was chosen to highlight the challenges and innovative solutions surrounding conservation and management of fisheries and water resources in Alaska.  Researchers, managers, and stakeholders are often forced to make decisions with little to no information due to the State’s expansiveness, weather conditions, and logistical challenges of collecting data or utilizing its resources.  We want to recognize these challenges and the innovative solutions that continue to be developed to maintain Alaska’s freshwater and marine resources.  Understanding uncertainty, communicating it, reducing it and accounting for it in our decisions are critical ongoing functions within the fisheries science and management, and water resource communities. The conference will strive to highlight the necessity of adaptive thinking to anticipate and respond to future scenarios involving climate change, developing fisheries, invasive species, and changes in fisheries and hydrological processes. The theme will be exemplified through a broad array of continuing education courses, sessions, including keynotes, contributed oral sessions, a poster session, awards for best student paper and poster, and a long list of social activities and tours.

Continuing Ed will begin March 19 and the main meeting will run from March 21-23.

We look forward to seeing you at the Alaska Chapter AFS/AWRA meeting in Fairbanks, March 2017.

For more information or to offer suggestions, contact Program Chair Aaron Martin (afs.alaska.presidentelect@gmail.com).

Schedule At A Glance: Click HERE for a more detailed glance.

Sunday – Continuing Education Courses: (Continuing Ed Classes)

Monday – Continuing Education Courses: (Continuing Ed Classes), Vendor Set Up, Welcoming Social

Tuesday – Vendor Set Up, Plenary Speakers, Concurrent Sessions, Student Mentor Lunch and Past Presidents Lunch, Poster Session, Social, and Film Festival: (Film Festival Info)

WednesdayPlenary Speakers, Concurrent Sessions, Business Lunch, 5K Run/Ski, Banquet/Award Ceremony

Thursday –  Plenary Speakers, Concurrent Sessions, Western Division 2018 Planning Lunch, World Ice Art Championship Field Trip

Friday – Chena Hot Springs Field Trip

Plenary Speakers: AFS Plenary Speaker Abstracts v3



Rooms are reserved at the Westmark Downtown Fairbanks.

Booking information is as follows

  • Group Code is FWS031917
  • Individual reservations can be made by guests calling our reservations desk at 800-544-0970 or…
  • They can go online at www.westmarkhotels.com to make reservations using the group code

Meeting Documents:

Click HERE for a the Schedule At A Glance.

Click HERE for the AFS AWRA Program

Dates to Remember:

October XX – Deadline for session topics and session chairs
(Call For Session Proposals »)

October 31 – Molly Ahlgren Scholarship Applications Deadline
(Molly Ahlgren Scholarship Application)

January 15 – Cultural Diversity Travel Award Application Deadline
(AFS CultDivAward application)

February 17 – Abstract Deadline (contributed papers AND posters)
(Guidelines for abstract submission and poster and oral presentations)

February 10 – Early Conference Registration Discount Deadline
(Register NOW! »)

February XX – Deadline to make minimum enrollment for Continuing Education Classes.
(Continuing Education Courses»)

March 1  – Film Festival Deadline

March 18 – Last day to preregister for Chapter Meeting. After March 18 you will have to register on-site in Fairbanks.
(Register NOW! »)

March 19-20 – Continuing Education Courses
(Continuing Education Courses»)

March 21-23 – Chapter Meeting