Symposia Summaries from the 2016 Annual Meeting in Kansas City

Summaries and photos from some of the symposia at the Kansas City Annual Meeting were compiled by symposia organizers. Summaries includes links to the abstracts of the session presentations. Symposium Summary: Angling for Dinosaurs: Status and Future Study of the Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Ancient Fishes Symposium Summary: Blue Catfish: Lessons from a Large Riverine Opportunistic... Read More

An example of the richness of native freshwater mussels from the Midwest. Photo credit: Christopher Owen

Symposium Summary: What Data Are Needed to Ensure Freshwater Mollusk Conservation into the Future?

The Unites States has the highest diversity of freshwater gastropods and Unionidae mussels in the world. Both groups of mollusks are also considered the most endangered freshwater organisms in the United States. This symposium presented an opportunity for researchers to share knowledge that could contribute to mollusk conservation with a fisheries audience. The symposium began... Read More


Symposium Summary: Understanding Pallid Sturgeon Population Dynamics and Stressors in the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers

Pallid Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus occupy some 4,500 miles of Missouri and Mississippi rivers and Kansas City was a fitting location to host a symposium for this endangered fish, as the Missouri River flows just minutes from the conference site. This full-day session featured over 20 speakers representing a wide range of state and federal agencies... Read More

Olive rockfish juveniles swimming through giant kelp and rocky reef essential fish habitat. Credit: Adam Obaza, NOAA Affiliate

Symposium Summary: Translating Essential Fish Habitat Science into Fishery Management Decisions

Sponsors: NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation and NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology Habitat protection reached a milestone in 2016 with the 20-year anniversary of the essential fish habitat (EFH) provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. In celebration of this milestone, speakers shared key elements that enable habitat science to... Read More

The Third Mississippi-Yangtze River Basins Symposium at Kansas City. Photo credit: Yushun Chen

Symposium Summary: Third Mississippi-Yangtze River Basins Symposium (MYRIBS): Large River Basin Fishery Resources and Environment

Sponsors: AFS Fisheries Management Section, Water Quality Section, International Fisheries Section, China Society of Fisheries, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund This symposium is a continuation of the Mississippi-Yangtze River Basins Symposium (MYRIBS) series which started in Little Rock, Arkansas, during the 2013 American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting and continued in Wuhan, Hubei, China during... Read More

Symposium Summary: Theory and Application of Behavioral Guidance Technologies to Deter Invasive and Native Fishes

Sponsor: Mississippi River Basin Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force A day-long symposium was held on the theory and application of fish deterrent systems.  Thirteen speakers from three countries came and presented 14 talks. Speakers reviewed how a variety of sensory stimuli (sound, light, water flow, pheromones, electricity) are being presently being tested or used to... Read More

Word cloud of #socialfish symposium presentations.

Symposium Summary: #SocialFish – Fisheries Science in 140 Characters: The Role of Social Media in Our Science

Sponsors: AIFRB and the Fisheries Blog As keynote speaker David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter) noted, there have been numerous revolutions in communications over the course of human history…oral language…the written word…the printing press…the telephone…and social media. Whether you are an early adopter or a technological luddite, there’s no denying that social media has transformed the way we... Read More

Dave Terre, chief of inland fisheries managemeent and research for Texas Parks and Wildlife,  presenting the benefits to partnering with Friends of Reservoirs during the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Symposium.  Photo credit: Jeff Boxrucker, Coordinator Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership

Symposium Summary: Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Restoration: Innovative Techniques to Restore Habitat in Our Nation’s Impoundments

Sponsors: Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership and AFS Fish Habitat Section The median age of U.S. reservoirs is 60 years and many exhibit decreased habitat quality. These degraded aquatic ecosystems experience limited biological productivity and pose grand challenges to fisheries managers. Reservoirs in the United States are at a crossroads and the future of these fisheries... Read More