About Portland

Known as the “City of Bridges” Portland, Oregon, from the Willamette River that runs north through the city center and the Columbia River a short distance north of the city, to the Pacific Ocean, is greatly impacted by water. According to the United States Census Bureau, 7.6% of the city’s total area is water.

The land in Portland is equally as interesting. It lies on top of an extinct Plio-Pleistocene volcanic field known as the Boring Lava Field. The Boring Lava Field includes at least 32 cinder cones such as Mount Tabor. Mount Tabor Park is known for its scenic views and historic reservoirs.  The dormant but potentially active volcano Mount Hood is to the east of Portland and the active volcano Mount Saint Helens to the north in Washington.  Mount Saint Helens is visible in the distance from high-elevation locations in the city and is close enough to have dusted the city with volcanic ash after an eruption on May 18, 1980.

The economy has shifted from one driven by the harvesting of timber towards high tech development forcing changes in land-use planning. The region has had a long and rich history of natural resource utilization.   Portland is now known as one of the most progressive and “greenest” cities in the United States and is widely recognized for their land-use planning.

Almost as famous as its “green” policies, are its microbreweries and food carts. It is home to over 40 breweries - more than any other city in the world.  Brewery innovation is supported by the abundance of local ingredients, including two-row barley, over a dozen varieties of hops, and pure water from the Bull Run Watershed. Food cart pods spread throughout the city, and have come to define the scene, appearing frequently on television programs & becoming popular destinations themselves.

Against a backdrop of urban and cultural development, Portland has become a model for utilization, sustainability, and preservation of the ecosystems in which they live.

Experience Portland's cultural distinctions as you explore gardens and museums in the city, or hike and bike trails that are minutes away. You can taste diverse food and beverages being prepared by food artists spanning the spectrum from the finest restaurants to cafés, brewpubs, and food carts. Please join us and explore the eclectic diversions that are Portland!

Helpful Links:

Portland and vicinity  -

Lunch options – Portland Food carts

Breweries map -

Nice interactive map for downtown Portland -

Donations to Offset Conference-generated Carbon Emissions:

The 2014 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting activities impact climate change by generating carbon emissions. Such activities include participants’ air and ground transportation, plus electricity and natural gas usage at the convention center and other event facilities. We invite you to donate to one of the following carbon-offset programs suggested by the organizing committee.

OneEnergy Renewables

Bonneville Environmental Foundation

All donations may be made separately and are not tied to your conference registration. 

The Oregon Convention Center

The Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest; built with sustainability in mind, the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) has long held a leadership role in green building and other environmentally responsible business practices. In 2004, the OCC was the first convention center to earn LEED® for Existing Buildings certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2008, the facility was recertified at the Silver level and operates with a pledge to continually reduce its environmental footprint, and to educate its staff, clients and visitors on the importance of working together toward a sustainable future. Along with Travel Portland, Metro, and the people and City of Portland, the OCC has helped to establish Portland, Oregon's national reputation as a premier destination for green meetings and events.

The new Portland Streetcar Central Loop runs alongside the main entrance on NE Martin Luther King (MLK) Boulevard. The OCC stop is located on MLK at NE Hoyt Street. 

An EMT will be stationed in the med tech office that is closest to Hall A and A1 in the Pre-Function A area.

Sustainability Practices

The Oregon Convention Center (OCC) was chosen as the venue for the 2014 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting largely due to its outstanding reputation for being a “green building” and its many other environmentally responsible business practices.  For more information on the OCC’s sustainability efforts, go to: