Hatchery vs. Wild Salmonid Symposium: Research, Management, and Reform in the Pacific Northwest

Hatchery vs. Wild Salmonid Symposium

Research, Management, and Reform in the Pacific Northwest


Presented by

Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society


Portland, Oregon – January 22-23, 2015
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

Symposium Purpose: One of the most controversial and hot topics in fisheries biology today is the interaction between hatchery and wild salmon and steelhead. To address and better understand these interactions, fisheries managers and researchers are reevaluating how hatchery programs are managed and if these programs may be contributing to the decline in wild populations. However, hatcheries across the Pacific Northwest continue to play a vital role in producing fish that support recreational, commercial, and tribal harvest and are used to mitigate anthropogenic impacts to fish populations.

As the relationship between hatchery and wild populations becomes better understood, there is a growing need to inform policy makers, resource managers, recreational, tribal, and commercial fishing communities, and the general public on the importance of wild populations, and to define the role that hatcheries play in supporting fisheries. The Hatchery vs. Wild Symposium will convene regional leaders in fisheries management and research to discuss the role of hatcheries and how these facilities can best be used to meet the dual objectives of wild population conservation and fishery harvest.

Symposium Format: Invited managers and researchers will present in four sessions during the 1.5 day symposium. The four sessions will include: Hatchery Fish Performance and Genetics, Influence of Hatchery Fish on Wild Populations, Managing Reality: Co-Existing Wild and Hatchery Populations, and Hatchery Reform: Where Do We Go From Here? Each session will culminate in a panel discussion to encourage idea sharing among participants and presenters on these critical topics.

Dr. David L.G. Noakes will give the symposium’s keynote address.

Who Should Attend: The target audience includes policy makers, fisheries professionals, the conservation community, and recreational, tribal, and commercial fishers interested in current hatchery management practices and hatchery-wild research. Students and other interested individuals are also encouraged to attend.

Please see the Final Symposium Program.

Registration: Attendees are encouraged to register early for the symposium. Student registration will be capped at 30 students. Attendees are encouraged to attend a social to be held on the Hilton’s 23rd floor Skyline Level following the first day of the symposium. The social will include catered hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.

The deadline for Early Registration is December 22, 2014. Cancellations will be honored until January 8, 2015.

Please select the registration link: 2015 Hatchery vs. Wild Symposium Registration Page


Activity Dates AFS Member Non-Member Student Retired Member Retired Non-Member Guest/Spouse for Social
Early Registration Oct 1 – Dec 22 $150 $200 $50 $100 $125 $35
RegularRegistration After Dec 22 $200 $250 $75 $150 $175 $35


Lodging: Attendees are encouraged to stay at the Portland Hilton during the symposium. The special room rate is no longer available. Please register through the Hilton’s lodging webpage (make blue and hyperlink to – http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/oregon/hilton-portland-and-executive-tower-PDXPHHH/index.html). Other nearby hotels may also be available.

Important Dates:

Milestone Date
Registration Opens: October 1, 2014
Early Registration Ends: December 22, 2014
Discounted Room Rate Ends: December 15, 2014
Final Program: January 1, 2015
Cancellation: January 8, 2015
Symposium: January 22-23, 2015


 The Hatchery vs. Wild Salmonid Symposium was made possible in part by the generous contributions of these businesses and organizations

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For more information: Please contact Troy Brandt (presidentelect@orafs.org; 503-307-8367).

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