Annual Meeting

Symposium Summary: Communication and Engagement in Fisheries Management: Working with Stakeholders to Achieve Sustainable Fisheries and Healthy Ecosystems

Science communication, in the form of outreach and engagement, is a frequently suggested approach for achieving fisheries conservation and human well-being goals. Communication is a dynamic process of sending, receiving, interpreting, and clarifying, and can support a variety of outcomes. This symposium emphasized the importance of goal setting and evaluation planning for communication initiatives that... Read More

Symposium Summary: Balancing Conservation and Utilization to Sustain Fisheries

Sponsor: The American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists (AIFRB) Building on a long series of sponsored symposia, the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists (AIFRB) convened a thought provoking symposium in Portland. This year’s topic focused on the need to balance conservation and utilization to achieve sustainable fisheries. The symposium started with the results of... Read More

Symposium Summary: What's New with Western Native Trout?

Sponsor: Western Native Trout Initiative “What’s New with Western Native Trout” was a one-and-a-half-day symposium, sponsored by the Western Native Trout Initiative (, that focused on recent conservation and management actions benefitting western native trout through partnerships and cooperative efforts that result in improved species status, improved aquatic habitats, and improved recreational opportunities for anglers.... Read More

Symposium Summary: Sustainable Fisheries through Cross-Sectoral Collaboration

Following the historic global inland fisheries conference organized by Michigan State University and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation earlier this year in Rome, Italy, this symposium sought to highlight key findings from the conference and address important issues that arose through conference discussions. Symposium topics covered the conference’s four themes: biological... Read More

Symposium Summary: Managing Data to Meet Shrinking Budgets and Growing Needs

Sponsors: Fisheries Information and Technology Section, Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers, Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership Symposium This symposium featured more than 20 speakers, beginning with Doug Austen, AFS executive director, and concluding with an excellent panel and group discussion focused on the necessity of creating data products that are high quality and... Read More

Symposium Summary: Managing Challenges and Conflicts with the Wise Use of Fish Hatcheries and Traditional Production Objectives

Sponsor: Fish Culture Section This symposium, sponsored by the Fish Culture Section, included 25 presentations discussing ways fish hatcheries are improving or advancing their fish culture practices to meet ever more diverse, stringent, and complicated goals for the fish they produce. Hatchery-reared fish have traditionally been used to supplement sport fish populations and produce food,... Read More

Symposium Summary: Interactions between Hatchery and Wild Salmonids—International Understanding of the Risks, Benefits, and Options for Management

The “Interactions between Hatchery and Wild Salmonids—International Understanding of the Risks, Benefits, and Options for Management” symposium included presenters from the Pacific Northwest, Japan, Europe, South America, Alaska, and the Atlantic coast. The three-day symposium included 47 presentations organized into 8 topics of importance to the hatchery-wild salmonid interactions discussion. Topics included hatchery reform, management... Read More