State of the Salmon

Ecological Interactions between Wild & Hatchery Salmon

May 4–7, 2010 • Hilton Hotel • Portland, Oregon

About | Agenda | Registration | Abstracts | Volunteer | Steering Committee | Travels & Lodging

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Please join State of the Salmon for Ecological Interactions between Wild & Hatchery Salmon — the first international effort to explore the scale and magnitude of the ecological effects of hatcheries, identify important gaps in our knowledge and work towards resolving key issues.

The agenda and expected outcomes from the conference are being shaped by a steering committee composed of agency and academic experts from the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan.

The conference will feature:


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The “Ecological Interactions between Wild and Hatchery Salmon” conference is the first pan-Pacific event designed to explore the scale and magnitude of the ecological effects of hatcheries. In recent years, debate over hatcheries and their effects on aquatic ecosystems has grown considerably. Indeed, a number of reviews highlight a critical gap in our understanding of the ecological relationships between wild and hatchery salmon.

We hope that this conference will inspire collaboration among the 300+ expected attendees, including scientific, management, conservation, indigenous, industry, and political communities. The meeting will culminate in a panel discussion to develop a vision of working together to contain and manage ecological risk. Outcomes will include a comprehensive annotated bibliography on the subject of ecological interactions between wild and hatchery salmon, peer-reviewed proceedings including the latest research, identification of critical research gaps, and next steps for developing practical management tools.

Please join State of the Salmon in helping chart a course for hatchery programs and making this distinctive event a success!


Download (PDF) or view it online. (updated 5/3/10)


Limited space is available. Register soon to guarantee your attendance.

Conference Rate $325
Student Rate $150
SOLD OUT! Tuesday Reception (Tom Brokaw & Jack Stanford) $15
SOLD OUT! Tuesday Reception + Dinner (Tom Brokaw & Jack Stanford) $75
Wednesday Reception $30
Cancellation Fee $35

For registration questions, please contact Sydney Mead at 503-467-0767 or email

NOTE: If you have already registered for the conference but wish to purchase a ticket for the reception/dinner with Tom Brokaw and Jack Stanford, please have your registration confirmation number ready and contact Heather Doherty at 971-255-5562 or email .


The deadline for abstract (oral or poster) submissions was March 15, 2010. We are no longer accepting new abstracts. Authors will be notified of selection in late March 2010.

Please note that the poster session is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5th from 5–7 pm. If you receive notice of acceptance, please read the Guidelines for Poster Abstracts for further instructions.

If you have been invited to speak at the conference and have any questions, please contact Pete Rand, SoS Conservation Biologist, at .

If you are a session referee, you can review, grade, and approve abstracts here
If you are a conference organizer, you can view and download reports

FAQ: download (PDF)


Volunteer opportunities are available. To learn more about how you can contribute to the meeting and receive discounted registration, read the description, and contact

Steering Committee

The agenda and expected outcomes from the conference are being shaped by a steering committee composed of agency and academic experts from the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan.

Lead Organizer: Pete Rand, State of the Salmon
Brian Allee, NOAA
Barry Berejikian, NOAA
Stephen Brandt, Oregon Sea Grant
Dan Bottom, NOAA
Craig Busack, WDFW
Ken Currens, NWIFC
Robert Devlin, DFO
Ian Fleming, Memorial University
Susan Hanna, Oregon State University
Masahide Kaeriyama, Hokkaido University
David Noakes, Oregon State University
Ken Ostrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Todd Pearsons, Grant County Public Utility District
Bill Smoker, University of Alaska Fairbanks (retired)
Alex Wertheimer, NOAA (retired)
Lev Zhivotovsky, Russian Academy of Sciences / Sakhalin State University

Travel & Lodging

We've secured block rates for Ecological Interactions attendees at the conference venue, the Hilton ($116/night) in downtown Portland. For discounted hotel rates, please contact the hotel via this link, or inform your agent that you're attending the State of the Salmon conference if you choose to make reservations by phone. Please note the Hilton can only guarantee rooming rates and availability if you make your reservation prior to April 13th, 2010.

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It’s easy to navigate the city without a car. The MAX light rail traverses the metro area from the airport to the Lloyd District, downtown, and beyond. Other public transportation options are easy to come by if looking to explore the town. A public street car carries passengers throughout the major districts west of the Willamette River and buses run 24/7. Bikes are convenient to rent downtown and bike routes are easy to plan.

There are a lot of online resources to help you make the most of your time in the City of Roses. Here are a few, in no particular order, to get you started:
Travel Portland
Travel Oregon
City of Portland Visitor’s Guide
The New York Times Portland Travel Guide
Willamette Week’s 2009 Cheap Eats Guide
Willamette Week’s Finder Guide to Portland
A compendium of maps for visitors

Whether you are driving near or far to attend the conference, please consider carpooling with other attendees. We have a PickupPal Group online for drivers and riders to find each other. It’s very easy and can help keep a few cars off the roads.

1) Go to
2) Sign up for a free PickupPal account and follow the instructions to add yourself as a driver or passenger going to or from the event.


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EI Conference Materials

Agenda (pdf)


Volunteer (pdf)



State of the Salmon is grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2010 Conference.

GBMFound FWSSea Grant OR AFS OR Sea Grant CA NOAA Bodhichitta Winery logo Pacific Rim Winery NMT Deschutes Brewery SWCT AFS-CA WA State Recreation and Conservation Office Pacific Salmon Foundation Smith-Root Keen Shoes  Icebreaker LLTK MSC NPCC WASG Indian Country Conservancy

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