I arrived in Seattle yesterday morning and after a brief light-rail transit to downtown from the airport, I was finally able to take a seat at this year's American Fisheries Society meeting. The weather has been sunny and unseasonably warm (almost 90F!). On days like these, Mt. Rainier towers over this beautiful city inspiring thoughts of hiking and camping, or at least a trip to REI! I did my best to sort of ignore all of that, take a deep breath of the ocean-air, and head into the Washington State Convention Center which was buzzing with over 4,000 attendees. People have come from all over the world to be here to take in the latest contributions and discussions around emerging and continuing hot-topics in sustainable marine fisheries. I love this meeting because is touches on my many of my broad interests in this field. There are sessions dedicated to fish biology, ecology and oceanography and sessions focusing on management.
Yesterday, I attended a session titled, "Connecting Climate Science to Fisheries Management and Ecology in a Changing World." Today, I'll split time between "Catch Share Programs in the U.S. Commercial Fisheries" and "Adaptability of Fish Life Histories." Tomorrow, I may split time between "Cognitive, Sensory, and Behavioral Frontiers Exploring Fish Movement and Habitat Use" and "Electronic Frontiers in Fisheries Management - Log Books and Real Time Fishery Information Systems - Case Studies." For more information on the program, go to: http://afs2011.org/
I will do my best to provide updates here. Gotta run to the 8:00am start!