Workshop 2019

The Second NPAFC-IYS Workshop on Salmon Ocean Ecology in a Changing Climate

The three-day workshop includes oral presentations and posters. Proceedings of the workshop will be published in the NPAFC Technical Report Series.

Dates: May 18–20, 2019
Venue: The Embassy Suite by Hilton Portland Downtown,
319 SW Pine Street, Portland, Oregon 97204-2726

The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission is pleased to invite you to the Second International Year of the Salmon (IYS) Workshop on Salmon Ocean Ecology in a Changing Climate to be held on May 18‒20, 2019, at the Embassy Suite by Hilton Portland Downtown, Portland, Oregon, USA. The IYS Workshop will bring together scientists, managers and other stakeholders to consider the current status and future of salmon and their habitats for the conservation of anadromous populations in a changing world.

International Year of the Salmon (IYS)

The International Year of the Salmon (IYS) is a multiyear initiative launched by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) and North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO). The IYS provides an international framework for collaborative outreach and research focusing on “Salmon and People in a Changing World”. Through outreach efforts the IYS will raise awareness of what humans can do to better ensure salmon and their varied habitats are conserved and restored against increasing environmental variability. The IYS has six primary themes: (1) status of salmon; (2) salmon in a changing salmosphere; (3) new frontiers; (4) human dimension; (5) information systems; and (6) outreach and communication.

The IYS will encourage research and leave a legacy of knowledge, information systems, research/analytical tools, and a new generation of scientists better equipped to provide timely advice to inform rational management of salmon. The IYS website ( is currently under construction and is expected to launch in mid September 2018. In the meantime, you can find more information on the IYS on the NPAFC website here.


Presenters are encouraged to address one of the following workshop objectives within the framework of their selected topic session. Workshop objectives include the following:

    • Improve current knowledge of the migration, distribution, growth and survival of salmon and their environment in the ocean;
    • Increase understanding of the causes of variations in salmon production in a changing climate;
    • Anticipate future changes in the distribution and abundance of salmon and their marine ecosystems;
    • Develop and apply new technologies and analytical methods to research and management of salmon; and
    • Invent integrated information/management systems to support research, sustainable management, and public understanding for the conservation of salmon.
Topic Sessions

To reflect the IYS research themes, the workshop will be structured with the three topic sessions. Please identify the topic session for which the abstract is submitted.

1. Current status of salmon and their environments
1-1. Biological traits of key salmon populations
1-2. Migration and distribution
1-3. Growth and survival
2. Salmon in changing ocean conditions
2-1. Linkage between salmon production, climate and ocean changes
2-2. Modeling the future for salmon
3. New technologies/integrated information systems for salmon research and management
3-1. New technologies
3-2. Integrated information and management systems

Oral and Poster Presentations

The workshop will feature oral and poster presentations in English. Sessions will be comprised of contributed presentations, which will be selected for oral or poster presentation.

Important Dates
January 15, 2019: Abstract submissions due
Mid-February 2019: Announcement of abstract selection to authors
Late-February, 2019: Second announcement of workshop and registrations including a program
Early-March, 2019: Workshop and hotel registration open
Mid-April, 2019: Workshop and hotel registration due
May18–20, 2019: Workshop
June 30, 2019: Extended abstract due
Organizing Committee
    • Richard Brodeur, vice-chairperson (SOEM; Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, USA)
    • Ed Farley, Jr. (Auke Bay Laboratories, Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, NMFS, USA)
    • Jim Irvine (Pacific Biological Station, DFO, Canada)
    • Ju Kyoung Kim (Inland Life Resources Center, FIRA, Korea)
    • Svetlana Naydenko (Pacific Scientific Research Fisheries Center; TINRO-Center, Russia)
    • Mark Saunders, vice-chairperson (International Year of the Salmon (IYS) North Pacific Steering Committee, Canada)
    • Michael Schmidt (SOEM; Long Live the Kings, USA)
    • Shigehiko Urawa, vice-chairperson (Hokkaido National Fisheries Research Institute, FRA, Japan)
    • Brian Wells, vice-chairperson (SOEM; Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, USA)
    • Jeongseok Park (NPAFC Secretariat, Canada)
Workshop Proceedings

The extended abstracts will be compiled into the workshop proceedings and issued as a NPAFC Technical Report after the workshop. The Technical Report will be available online at the NPAFC website (here). Oral and poster presenters are asked to submit an extended abstract to the NPAFC Secretariat by June 30, 2019.