Registration is free and open online for the North Pacific Research Board’s 2012 Alaska Marine Science Symposium, set for Jan. 16-19 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. Log on to www.alaskamarinescience.org and click on the registration option.
Abstracts for the symposium may also be submitted via this website through Oct. 3. The symposium is built around regional themes, including the Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Alaska. Within each theme, the symposium will include talks on climate, oceanography, lower trophic levels, the benthos, fisheries and invertebrates, seabirds, marine mammals, local and traditional knowledge, and socioeconomic research. The 2012 conference will open with keynote speakers for all three regions on Jan. 16, and include an evening reception for the Arctic and Bering Sea at the Dena’ina Center. For Jan. 17, the focus will be on the Arctic Ocean, with an evening reception for Gulf of Alaska posters. The Bering Sea will be the focus of the symposium on Jan. 18 and the Gulf of Alaska on Jan. 19.
The NPRM also announced the appointment of three new members of its advisory panel for the Bering Sea region. They are Ed Poulsen, executive director of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, in Shoreline, Washington, Gay Sheffield, Bering Strait agent for the Alaska Sea Grant marine advisory program in Nome, and Phillip Zavadil, director of the Aleut community of St. Paul Island-tribal government-general administrative services and ecosystem conservation office at St. Paul Island.