Annual Meeting

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

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