Monday, January 14, 2013

Northwest Fish Culture Conference 2012

Approximately 350 folks interested in the science, application and management of hatcheries and aquaculture in the northwest gathered at the 63rd Annual NW Fish Culture Conference at the Portland, Oregon downtown waterfront Marriott from December 11th through the 13th, 2012.   The conference host rotates each year and this year the host was the Fisheries Program of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working in cooperation with the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.  Speakers and attendees were from state, tribal, academic, provincial, federal, and private organizations.  The program theme was Progressive Fish Culture in the Northwest and included presentations from British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.  
2012 NW Fish Culture Conference Committee
A trade show hall featured at our breaks and during our social, included 28 vendors demonstrating their latest wares for fish culturists.  Over 25 College students representing Mt. Hood Community College, Bellingham Technical College, and Oregon State University attended and volunteered at the conference.    The NW Fish Culture Conference Committee will be providing student scholarships from donations and proceeds from our fun-filled raffle.  
Trade Show
A Fish Culture Hall of Fame was started in 1999 and this year’s Hall of Fame inductees included retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees:  Joe Banks, Wesley Orr, and Dr. Gary Wedemeyer.   A Hall of Fame member from 2001, Dr. John Halver, was also recognized as recently passed away.   For more information about the 63rd Annual NW Fish Culture Conference, including the complete program and presentations, go to our website:
Fish Culture Hall of Fame Inductees

Submitted by Doug Olson

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