More than a River Monster: Conservation and Management of Alligator Gar
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
2:00 pm Eastern Time
Nate Smith, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Growing appreciation of biodiversity and the role of apex predators, along with increasing popularity of multispecies and trophy-oriented angling, has elevated the status of gars – in particular, the Alligator Gar Atractosteus spatula – among anglers and biologists alike. As a result, considerable effort has been spent in recent years to gain a working knowledge of the biology and ecology of the species in order to advance science-based management. In January 2019, the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Alligator Gar Technical Committee hosted a symposium entitled, Advance in the conservation and management of North American gars to showcase the results of research and management efforts conducted throughout the species’ range. Fishery researchers and managers presented a diversity of work, advancing the understanding of population dynamics, stock assessment, genetics, hatchery practices and stocking, habitat use, and angler desires associated with Alligator Gar fisheries. This presentation highlights these works and provides a synthesis of the current state of science regarding Alligator Gar in the U.S.