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Symposia Summaries, 2015 Annual Meeting in Portland

Summaries and photos from some of the 104 symposia at the Portland Annual Meeting were compiled by symposia organizers. Most summaries includes links to the abstracts of the session presentations. Actions and Dialog to Change Perceptions and Increase Engagement of Underrepresented Minorities in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Balancing Conservation and Utilization to Sustain Fisheries Barrier Removal... Read More

Symposium Summary: The Next Generation of Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management

The fisheries community has long recognized that fisheries management should consider interconnections between fishing, fished species, and the well-being of humans and the marine environment. However, implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) has been slow. In this symposium, we discussed new innovations in implementing EBFM. Presenters examined new methodologies and success stories of ecosystem approaches... Read More

Jessica Levine presents "The Multiple Benefits of Improved Stream Crossings: Lessons from the Northeast and Future Opportunities." Credit: Susan Wells, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Symposium Summary: Working Across Diverse User Groups to Address Aquatic Fragmentation in a World of Limiting Resources and Increased Demands: Can We Prevent New Barriers to Avoid Restoration by Working With Diverse Stakeholders?

Aquatic barriers have contributed to the decline of numerous aquatic species throughout the United States by fragmenting habitats. Although natural resource managers work diligently to reconnect habitats, they struggle to keep up with increasing water demands and infrastructure construction that lead to new barriers. This symposium featured presentations highlighting the successes and difficulties from real-world... Read More

Varieties of cross-disiplinary science and opportunities for fisheries scientists. Credit: Alexander R. Jensenius

Symposium Summary: Transdisciplinary Marine Science: Research and Education to Expand Methodologies and Address Complex Problems

Our symposium consisted of 12 talks encompassing examples of transdisciplinary science from Alaska to the Caribbean and suggestions, examples, and critiques of educational opportunities for transdisciplinary training. Defining “transdisciplinary” seems of paramount interest, and while I offered a definition from Rosenfield (1992) in my introduction—individuals from multiple disciplines working jointly to create a unified conceptual... Read More