A Joint Special Workshop of
the Acoustical Society of America and
the American Fisheries Society

Acoustic Challenges in Aquatic Ecosystem Assessment

25-27 May 2011 (Wednesday-Friday)
Grand Hyatt Hotel (Pine & 7th Street) and Seattle Sheraton Hotel (Pike & 6th Street)
Seattle, Washington


  • Ecosystem Based Resource Management
  • Monitoring Renewable Energy Sites
  • Statistical Analysis for Fisheries Assessment
  • Acoustical Models for Fisheries Assessment
  • Detecting and Monitoring Episodic Events: Natural and Anthropogenic
  • Cabled Observatories

  • Acoustic Species Discrimination
  • Progress in Fish Tagging
  • Habitat Inventory
  • Active vs. Passive Assessment
  • Quantitative Assessments in Noisy Environments

  • This workshop will focus on the integration of biological and physical elements in ecosystem research, current policy, and regulations, acoustic technology developed for users in the field, and basic and applied research topics relevant to both the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the American Fisheries Society (AFS) communities. The workshop will begin Wednesday evening with a reception hosted by exhibitors and end Friday afternoon. (Exhibitors should contact Robert McClure on the Organizing Committee)


    John Simmonds, co-author of Fisheries Acoustics, Acoustic technologies to support fisheries management, research, and policy


    Kelly Benoit-Bird
    Debby Burwen
    Francois Gerlotto
    Olav Rune Godoe
    Kenneth Foote
    Kyle Hartman
    John Horne
    Jules Jaffe
    Lars Rudstam
    Martin Siderius
    Timothy Stanton
    Chris Wilson


    John Horne, University of Washington, jhorne@u.washington.edu
    Robert McClure, BioSonics Inc., bmcclure@biosonicsinc.com
    Martin Siderius, Portland State University, siderius@pdx.edu
    Charles Schmid, Acoustical Society of America, charles@aip.org


    Abstracts for contributed presentations must be submitted following the ASA abstract submission guidelines described online at http://asa.aip.org/meetings.html. Abstracts should be identified as submissions to the special workshop: Acoustic Challenges in Aquatic Ecosystem Assessment listed under the Technical Area Code "FW." You may also indicate your preference for oral or poster presentation. Preference will be considered but cannot be guaranteed, as most contributed presentations will be scheduled for poster sessions. Acceptance will be based on relatedness to the workshop topic.


    Registration for this workshop will be through the ASA meeting registration, whether you are attending both the ASA meeting and the workshop, or only the joint ASA/AFS Workshop. The registration fees are $150 for ASA/AFS Members received by 18 April and $200 onsite; $200 for Nonmembers received by 18 April and $250 onsite; $45 for ASA/AFS Student Members received by 18 April and $95 onsite; and $95 for Nonmember Students preregistration and onsite. Register online or download the registration form. Registration includes the scientific program, two morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks, one lunch, the Wednesday evening opening reception, and a buffet social on Thursday evening. Attendees can pre-register through the ASA website. Space permitting, on-site registration will be accepted at the main ASA Seattle meeting (with an added late fee of $50). Note however that on-site registration will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24th.


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