UW Students & Local High-Tech Fisheries Company Welcomes World’s Largest Assembly of Fisheries Scientists to Seattle
Story: There’s something very fishy going on in Seattle next week. The 141st Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) will be taking place, bringing thousands of fisheries scientists from all over the world to the Emerald City. The event is predicted to be the largest assembly of world fisheries scientists to-date.
During this week of all things fish, local graduate students from University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences will come together with local high-tech fisheries research company, Hydroacoustic Technology, Inc. (HTI), to honor Seattle’s connection to the global fisheries community. Both groups have significantly influenced and contributed to fisheries research locally and globally. The UW AFS Student Subchapter and HTI are co-hosting a large “Fish Fest!” event at Seattle Aquarium in conjunction with the AFS conference. There students and professionals can connect at a Career Fair, see high-tech fisheries research tools tracking fish in real-time, and to enjoy a fun night at a world class aquarium.
Seattle is one of the centers of high technology fisheries research, thanks in part to the UW’s significant contributions to the field over many years. Many of HTI’s scientists and engineers are UW alumni and have developed fisheries monitoring technologies that may seem more sci-fi than sci-ence. Among other things, the company has developed systems that can track fish behavior in 3-D, in real-time, similar to underwater GPS for fish. HTI hopes to inform and inspire scientists by actually tracking fish in the big tanks of the aquarium using state-of-the-art acoustic telemetry systems built right here on Lake Union. “High resolution acoustic telemetry has become a vital tool for understanding fish migration and survival worldwide over the past decade, and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned”, explains Dr. John Ehrenberg, HTI’s president.
With an epic number of fisheries scientists discussing technical, social and legal issues of national and international importance, it’s going to be a full week. Regional topics will highlight efforts to protect and clean up Puget Sound and address emerging issues related to the Columbia River, salmon recovery, and watershed management. Find out more at http://afs2011.org/.