Symposium Summary: For Species that Carry Dual Designations as Imperiled and Invasive: Can We Forge a Common Science Agenda across Regions, Authorities, and Agencies?
[email protected] Read the symposium abstracts here.Scientists and administrators came together to open a national dialogue on the merit of forming a common agenda for addressing conservation and control of fish carrying dual designations as imperiled in their native range and invasive beyond. Presentations and rich discussion validated the need to establish fiscal and scientific efficiency in addressing both conservation and control. Attendees agreed, during this era of significant funding fatigue, that the time has come to change the way we think about conservation planning and development of control strategies. They are often two sides of the same coin and should be considered simultaneously. Doing so will advance progress towards research and management goals more effectively and efficiently. Outcomes from the symposium include commitment to: (1) continuing the national dialogue in an article for Fisheries; (2) seeking input from the AFS Administration and Fisheries Management Sections on national venues where participants will develop strategies for operationalizing this new thinking through shared goals; (3) raising the concept to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA); (4) using this topic as the theme for the next Wild Trout Conference in 2017; and (5) building new collaborations such as shared graduate students focused on leveraging tools and technologies, and developing new policy. — Kurt Newman, U.S. Geological Survey,