19 Aug 2014

Protecting Hidden Gems: Inland Fish and Fisheries

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Beth Beard
bbeard@fisheries.org
301-897-8616 office
240-687-3761 cell

QUÉBEC CITY, CANADA—Inland fish and fisheries are the undervalued gems of aquatic environments around the globe. They hold a variety of roles fundamental to the health of ecosystems and provide income and food security for many of the world’s poorest people. Yet, these fisheries face increasing challenges from hydropower dam development and water management policies that do not take it account the value of inland fisheries. On Tuesday, August 19, the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Québec City will host a two-day symposium focused on “Ecosystem Services: Bridging Natural and Social Sciences toward Sustainable Policies.”

The goal of this forum-style seminar is to focus on ways to keep the information flowing to policy and decision makers. The communication efforts made with these connections are instrumental in conveying the value of protecting freshwater fisheries on a local and global scale. Some of the presentations include “Global Challenges Facing Inland Fisheries: Degradation By Stealth,“ “The Importance of Inland Capture Fisheries to Food Security,” and “The Future of Inland Fisheries.”

These talks will reveal the projected impacts of developing new regulations and enforcing them to better conserve inland fisheries. Inland fisheries “provide nutrition and food security and contribute to human well-being, leisure, prosperity, and ecosystem productivity.” The symposium is a prelude to next year’s Global Conference on Inland Fisheries, organized by Michigan State University and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The conference will take place 26-30 January 2015 at FAO Headquarters in Rome (www.inlandfisheries.org).

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Editor’s Note: “Ecosystem Services: Bridging Natural and Social Sciences toward Sustainable Policies” is sponsored by Michigan State University AgBioResearch, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The symposium begins Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in room 205B (Québec City Convention Centre). Please contact Beth Beard for complimentary media registration for admission.

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