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What's New? ESSAS Annual Science Meeting (Hakodate, Japan, January 7 – 9, 2013)

The ASM will be hosted by Hokkaido University and held at the Hakodate Community Design Center in Jyujigai, Hakodate. The general theme of this year’s meeting is “Spatial Dynamics of Subarctic Marine Ecosystems“; two oral sessions are scheduled on this topic.

Other oral sessions will focus on: bioenergetics of sub-polar fish species; Arctic-Subarctic interactions (atmospheric, oceanographic and/or ecological); human dimensions of Subarctic seas exploring fisheries and fishing communities; and modeling of Subarctic ecosystems. A session related to the new Japanese research project dealing with climate change in the Arctic will also be held. Discussions on the future directions and activities of ESSAS will also take place. Your participation is welcome, although due to the size of the venue, we will be limited to a maximum of 70 participants.

The recommended hotel accommodation is the La Vista Hakodate Bay. There is a very convenient shuttle bus from Hakodate Airport to this hotel and it is just a 10-minute walk to our meeting site. The price of this hotel ranges from $110 to $310 USD per night, including breakfast. Other hotel options appear to be available (an Internet search shows a number of hotels in the central Hakodate area). There will be a small registration fee (5,000 JP Yen / $63.000 USD) that will cover costs for the reception.

Please be aware of these important dates:

  • If planning to attend please fill send the scanned Registration Form by November 30, 2012 to the ASM Secretariat ( with a CC to the ESSAS International Project Office ( The Registration Form is posted on the ESSAS website.
  • If interested in making a presentation, please notify by November 30, 2012 the ESSAS co-Chairs, Franz Mueter ( and Ken Drinkwater (  with a CC to Please follow the Abstract Format posted on the ESSAS website.
  • Abstracts will be accepted by December 10, 2012.
  • The ASM takes place January 7 – 9, 2013.

Registration Form       Conference Information Brochure     Abstract Format

Contact Us

For any questions about ESSAS or further information please contact any of the
ESSAS Co-chairs

Ken Drinkwater
Institute of Marine Research
Bergen, Norway

Franz Mueter
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska, USA

Sei-Ichi Saitoh
Hokkaido University
Hakodate, Japan