Annual Meeting

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

Symposium Summary: Implementation of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan: Progress in Protecting, Restoring and Enhancing Fish Habitats, Fish and Fisheries in the United States

Sponsors: National Fish Habitat Partnership, AFS Fish Habitat Section This symposium reviewed progress of the National Fish Habitat Partnership, and its embedded network of 19 regional and system-based Fish Habitat Partnerships, in advancing cooperative conservation of fish habitats in the United States. The symposium began with presentations on the latest regional and national assessments of the status... Read More

Symposium Summary: Give a Fish Its Due: Nongame Native Fish of the Western United States

Sponsors: Oregon Chapter AFS Native Fish Committee, The Native Fish Society The “Nongame Native Fish of the Western United States” symposium featured lesser known yet fascinating species that are sometimes relegated to miscellaneous columns of datasheets. Despite the diversity, range declines, and relatively unknown ecology of western nongame fishes, many species are not particularly valued... Read More

Symposium Summary: Frontiers in Otolith Chemistry: Insights, Advances and Future Directions

Sponsors: Estuaries Section, Marine Fisheries Section The symposium “Frontiers in Otolith Chemistry: Insights, Advances and Future Directions” was a comprehensive survey of the state of otolith chemistry and highlighted exciting new directions in the field.  Co-sponsored by the Estuaries and Marine Fisheries sections, the symposium spanned 1.5 days, included 31 presentations and 3 posters, and... Read More

Symposium Summary: Fisheries Sustainability, Crime, and Enforcement: Whodunnit and How Do We Manage It?

Sponsors: American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists, Environmental Science and Policy Program (MSU), Great Lakes Fishery Commission Law enforcement is an often overlooked, undervalued, and underrepresented component of effective management and conservation programs for marine and freshwater fisheries. The keynote presentation in this symposium detailed law enforcement as a critical fisheries management tool in enforcing... Read More

Symposium Summary: Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management: It’s Not as Daunting as Some Think

“Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management: It’s Not as Daunting as Some Think” provided an overview from resource managers, scientists, and fishing industry representatives about what’s already being done to move ecosystem-based management from theory to practice. Panelists focused on new tools and practices revolving around the relationship between predators and prey, a critical piece of information for... Read More