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Download the free Congress mobile app now available from the App Store or Google Play by searching for “World Fisheries Congress 2024.” Once you have logged in and created a profile, you can begin to build out your schedule (Note: Only registered/paid attendees will have access to the mobile app). Personalized schedules created on either the mobile app or by logging into the desktop app's Full Program are shared between the two platforms.

We expect access to presentation recordings to open soon. Registered in-person and virtual attendees will receive an email with login information when it launches. Plenary sessions and selected symposia will be livestreamed from Seattle—links to these upcoming events are posted on the desktop Full Program and mobile app.  

Safety Protocol

Read and Follow the Congress Code of Conduct

The World Fisheries Congress values the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected among all attendees, and is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and Congress staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, service providers, and others, are expected to abide by the Meetings Code of Conduct.

For more information, please visit the AFS Safety Protocol. If you experience or witness any unprofessional conduct during the conference, please contact our Safety Officer at +1-240-483-9562. For personal safety advice beyond the conference venue, please see Seattle Visitor Safety Tips.

Fraud Alert!

Please be alert - the #WFC2024 has been made aware of phishing emails that appears to come from the WFC Organizing Committee. These emails claim that they can provide attendee or exhibitor lists, visa processing, hotel bookings, or flights, etc. This is a scam.

Presenter guidelines

Upload Your Presentation

If you have not yet uploaded the prerecorded video version of your presentation, please do so by Monday, 26 February 2024. PowerPoint files for in-person presentations also must be uploaded by Monday, 26 February. With more than 1,200 presentations, staff need adequate time to organize and quality check the uploads. See your email for recording and uploading instructions.

Posters should be hung on Monday, 4 March, between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Virtual poster files are also due on 26 February.

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Airport Transportation

Due to the heavy traffic of the Seattle region, the quickest and easiest way to get from Sea-Tac Airport to downtown is to take the Link light rail system. Trains run every 8-10 minutes most of the day and the fare is $3 USD. The closest station to the Hyatt Regency is WestLake, which is a few blocks away.

Taxis ($40 flat rate from the airport) and ride shares are also available.


Pick Up Your Badge

Registration will be located in the 3rd floor foyer of the Hyatt Regency.

Registration and Information Booth hours: 

  • Sunday, 3 March: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 
  • Monday, 4 March: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
  • Tuesday, 5 March: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
  • Wednesday, 6 March: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM  
  • Thursday, 7 March: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
Plenary speakers

Can't Miss Events

Plenary Sessions

Please join us for a fascinating line-up of Plenary speakers from around the world daily in the Regency Ballroom and via livestream at the following times (PST/GMT-8):

Monday, 9:00 AM, Theme: Nexus

  • Leonard Forsman, Chair, Suquamish Tribe
  • Ed Johnstone, Chair, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
  • David Obura, CORDIO East Africa

Tuesday, 11:00 AM, Theme: Food/Nutrition

  • Vera Agostini, UN FAO
  • Shakuntala Thilsted, CGIAR

Wednesday, 2:00 PM, Theme: Sustainability

  • Ana Parma, CONICET
  • Janet Coit, NOAA Fisheries
  • Dave Applegate, USGS

Thursday, 9:00 AM, Theme: Ecology

  • Bronwyn Gillanders, University of Adelaide
Exhibitor map

Trade Show, Poster Session & Art Exhibition

Peruse more than 100 posters, visit with more than 30 vendors and organizations, and admire dozens of aquatic-themed works of art in the Columbia Ballroom. Poster authors are requested to be at their posters for the Poster and Trade Show Networking Event on Monday evening.

  • Monday: 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Networking events
Nearby restaurants

Network Around the World

Catch up with old friends and make new connections at our evening networking events.

  • Opening Reception, Regency Ballroom A, Sunday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (full meal)
  • Poster and Trade Show Networking Event, Columbia Ballroom, Monday, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (light hors d'oeuvres)
  • Seattle Aquarium Grand Networking Event, Wednesday, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (full meal, aquarium entrance and shuttle bus included)

Lunch is on your own. A market on the 2nd floor of the Hyatt Regency provides a quick and easy lunch option.

Coffee will be served at the morning break at 10:30 - 11:00 AM and afternoon break at 3:30-4:00 PM in the 3rd floor foyer or in the Trade Show (when open).

What to Wear

Seattle weather in March averages around 50- 55 F (10-12 C) during the day. Although winter rains usually have subsided, Seattle is famous for its rainy weather and an appropriate jacket or parka will come in handy, especially for those interested in exploring the beautiful natural surroundings of the Pacific Northwest.

There is no dress code for the Congressmost attendees opt for casual clothing and then often upgrade to business casual or smart casual when they are giving a presentation.

We are excited to announce that the Trade Show will feature a professional photographer's booth on Monday and Tuesday, who will be taking free professional head shots. Bring along a nice shirt or blouse and update that old photo on your organization's website or on LinkedIn!

Seattle sights

See Seattle

Don't miss seeing some of Seattle's amazing sights, such as the Pike Place Market, where fishmongers hurl fish through the air, the Space Needle, or one of the city's many fine art museums. The ferry to Bainbridge Island is an inexpensive way to get spectacular views of the city. And keep an eye out for views of volcanic Mount Rainier when the weather is clear.

Seattle is considered to be a generally safe city for visitors, but please use the common-sense precautions one would practice in any large global city, such as avoiding walking alone at night.

Take a Bio Break

All-gender restrooms are available on each floor of meeting rooms at the Hyatt Regency. A mother's room also will be available—please stop by the registration desk for the key.

Get Social

The official hashtag for the Congress is #WFC2024 and our Twitter/X handle is @world_fisheries. Or try posting to the social feed in the mobile app!


Questions related to abstracts:

Tricia Fry (

Questions related to registration:

Rachel Bruce (

Questions related to conference program:

Abigail Lynch 


Gabriela Palomo 


Questions related to the 2024 WFC generally:

Jeff Duda 


We look forward to seeing you soon in Seattle!

-Your WFC Planning Committee