58th Western Fish Disease Workshop


The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife invite you to attend the 58th Western Fish Disease Workshop on June 20-22, 2017 at the Suquamish Clearwater Resort. The resort is located on the breathtaking Kitsap Peninsula of Washington. Named after Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish Tribe, the county boasts over 250 miles of saltwater shoreline and many vibrant communities. Best of all, it’s easy to get there either by a scenic drive from Tacoma, or via the Washington State Ferry system.

The Western Fish Disease Workshop will be held on June 21-22, 2017. The workshop will be opened by our keynote speaker, Dr. Jim Winton (USGS Western Fisheries Research Center). In addition to presentations on pathogens and diseases of wild and cultured fish and shellfish, the workshop will feature a special session entitled The Day After Tomorrow: The Use of Antimicrobials and Alternatives in a Changing Regulatory Environment on Thursday, June 22nd. The Western Fish Disease Workshop will be preceded by a one day Continuing Education session on Quality Management System Training on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017. Now is the time to register for the workshop and CE session, reserve your lodging, and sign up for presentations or posters. Be forewarned that June is a popular tourist time on the Kitsap Peninsula so we encourage you to register and book your lodging early.

Call for Papers:

Oral and poster presentations are being solicited on all aspects of health of wild and cultured fish and shellfish including diseases, pathogens, vaccine development, test methods, health management, intriguing case histories, and submissions for the special session.

Individuals interested in presenting a paper or poster at the workshop are requested to submit the following: (a) the title of their presentation, (b) whether it will be presented orally or as a poster, and (c) any equipment needs.

Titles should be submitted no later than April 28, 2017. The planning committee will use this information to begin developing an agenda for the meeting. Formal abstracts will be required for each oral presentation and poster.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 19, 2017.


Register on-line for the Workshop and Continuing Education Session by visiting wfdw.nwifc.org/registration.
Registration costs are as follows:

Workshop registration fee on or before May 26th$225
Workshop registration fee after May 26th$285
Student registration fee$100
Continuing Education registration fee$60
Guest Banquet tickets are available until June 9th$40
*WFDW registration fee include 5 meals: 2 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 banquet dinner. Also includes Proceeding’s Notebook and water bottle.
*CE registration fee includes lunch and CE notebook.


A block of rooms is being held at the Clearwater Resort and Casino under the “Western Fish Disease Meeting” name at the government rate of $91/night (double-occupancy). Reservations must be made before May 22, 2017 to get the conference rate. The room block dates are from Sunday, June 18th to Friday, June 23rd, 2017 to accommodate those that may want to extend their visit.
For information on how to reserve your lodging, visit wfdw.nwifc.org/venue-accomodations. Note that the workshop occurs during the peak tourist season on the Kitsap Peninsula so we are encouraging everyone to make your hotel reservations early.

Workshop Sponsors


There is a lot to do in and around the Clearwater Resort and Casino. For more details on different activities to do go to wfdw.nwifc.org/activities.

Potential Sponsors:

The 58th annual Western Fish Disease Workshop is an important annual meeting in our profession and will bring together aquatic animal health practitioners, researchers, laboratorians, and managers in the northwestern region of the US and Canada. We are soliciting for companies that would be willing to help cover the cost of the important “mixer” event that will be held the first evening on June 20th. Sponsorship is a great opportunity for you to showcase products and services while contributing to the exchange of information and technology among all disciplines utilized by fish health professionals. See our Become a Sponsor page for more information.

We look forward to seeing all of you on June 20-22, 2017 at the meeting.

For additional information please contact:

Bruce Stewart
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
(360) 528-4338

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Ken Warheit
WA Department of Fish and Wildlife
(360) 902-2595