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Fisheries Economists Meet in Ketchikan


June 22, 2015
Monday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Members of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists recently gathered in record high numbers for the 8th biennial conference in Ketchikan. The main conference theme was "Economic Sustainability, Fishing Communities, and Working Waterfronts".

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The 2015 North American Association of Fisheries Economists' 8th biennial conference was held at the Lumberjack Arena in Ketchikan.
Photo courtesy Alaska Sea Grant Program

Coordinators Quentin Fong (Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory seafood marketing specialist), Keith Criddle (UAF Ted Stevens Distinguished Professor of Marine Policy), and others welcomed 142 fisheries economists to Southeast Alaska for what was described as great weather and excellent talks.

The opening reception took place aboard an Allen Marine vessel that cruised between Ketchikan and Metlakatla. Attendees also had the opportunity to tour Trident Seafoods and the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association Whitman Lake Hatchery, the OceansAlaska Shellfish Hatchery, and a Walk-the-Dock look at Ketchikan-based fishing vessels.

Keynote speaker Lee Anderson helped streamline the last minute room switch from the University of Alaska Southeast to the Lumberjack Arena, where Anderson gave recommendations for operationalizing ecosystem-based management in U.S. fisheries.

“Many participants said the program was well balanced, and there was something for everybody,” said Fong. Alaska Sea Grant staff hosted the website for the NAAFE symposium, and Ketchikan Marine Advisory agent Gary Freitag and University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan staff assisted with on-site logistics.

The “Best Student Paper” prize given in conjunction with the NAAFE Forum was presented to Yutaro Sakai. The purpose of this award is to recognize the most outstanding paper presented by a graduate student at the biennial Forum. Papers may be on any aspect of the economics of fisheries or aquaculture, fisheries resource management, seafood trade and markets, fisheries or aquaculture sector development, or related topics. The 2015 contest was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The winner of the 2015 NAAFE Best Student Paper contest is Yutaro Sakai - Subsidies, Fisheries Management, and Stock Depletion. Sakai is a graduate student at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Sakai's major professor is Dan Gordon. The prize is $500, plus a travel stipend of up to $1500.

North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE) is an international group of industry, government and academic practitioners of fisheries economics. Quoting the NAAFE website, "The purposes of NAAFE are to facilitate communication among North American fisheries and aquaculture economists in industry, academia, government and other areas, to promote dialogue between economists and others interested in fisheries and aquaculture, and to advance fisheries and aquaculture economics and its useful applications."

The Forum was held May 20-22, 2015. The Organizing Committee included Keith Criddle (University of Alaska Fairbanks Fisheries), Quentin Fong ((UAF Marine Advisory Program Fisheries), Gary Freitag (University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan) and Eric Thunberg (NAAFE President, NOAA).

NAAFE is directed by a Board of Directors consisting of a president, a president-elect, a treasurer, and two additional board members. Further details can be found on the Officers page. The formal establishment of NAAFE took place at the First North American Fisheries Economics Forum in 2001 and the organization is registered as a charitable corporation in the State of Oregon.

The North American Association of Fisheries Economists' 8th biennial conference was made possible by financial and in-kind contributions by:

  • Alaska Sea Grant
  • North Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • North Pacific Research Board
  • Northern Economics
  • Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center
  • Rasmuson Foundation
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
  • University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


On the Web:

2015 North American Association of Fisheries Economists 8th Biennial Forum: Economic Sustainability, Fishing Communities, and Working Waterfronts
Program Abstracts Book (1 MB PDF)



Source of News:

Alaska Sea Grant

North American Association of Fisheries Economists


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