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Symposium Summary: Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Restoration: Innovative Techniques to Restore Habitat in Our Nation’s Impoundments

Sponsors: Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership and AFS Fish Habitat Section The median age of U.S. reservoirs is 60 years and many exhibit decreased habitat quality. These degraded aquatic ecosystems experience limited biological productivity and pose grand challenges to fisheries managers. Reservoirs in the United States are at a crossroads and the future of these fisheries... Read More

Symposium Summary: Pop-Up Satellite Tagging—Challenges and Solutions

Pop-up satellite tags (PSATs) are utilized to study aquatic animals by recording and transmitting time-stamped data measurements (e.g., light levels, pressure, temperature, acceleration, etc.) via the ARGOS satellite system. This technology has been used over various spatio-temporal scales in freshwater and marine habitats to answer a multitude of questions on a diverse and expanding array... Read More

Symposium Summary: Managing Centrarchid Fisheries in River and Streams

Sponsors: Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, Black Bass Committee of Southern Division, Centrarchid Technical Committee of North Central Division This symposium highlighted the expanding network of research surrounding riverine black bass and Rock Bass populations during 33 talks and 1 poster by presenters from around the country.  The Arkansas Chapter of AFS, Centrarchid Technical Committee of... Read More

Symposium Summary: Management Strategy Evaluation, Decision Analysis, and Ensemble Modeling: Tools for Addressing Assessment and Management Uncertainty

Sponsor: AFS Marine Fisheries Section An effective management strategy evaluation (MSE) includes defining multiple research and management objectives and associated performance metrics to quantify the effects of the management strategies, a discussion of and detailed accounting for error and uncertainty in the modeled system, the inclusion of a range of stakeholders for defining the issues... Read More

Symposium Summary: Fisheries Research and Conservation in the “Scapes”: Needs, Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities

Aquatic ecologists, fisheries biologists, and resource managers recognize that many ecological patterns and conservation problems require broad and synthetic approaches. The “scape” perspective is a point-of-view that combines a broader scale, an integrative context, and specific types of analyses. To investigate this perspective, Sean Hitchman, Martha Mather, and Jordan Hofmeier organized a symposium entitled “Fisheries... Read More

Symposium Summary: Fisheries Management from the Great Lakes to the Gulf: Sea Grant’s Role in Research, Outreach, and Building Partnerships along the Mississippi River

Sponsor: AFS Estuaries Section In honor of the 50th anniversary of Sea Grant, this symposium sponsored by AFS Estuaries Section focused on inter-jurisdictional management issues along the Mississippi River and the research and outreach contributions made by Sea Grant programs and partners. Louisiana Sea Grant Director Robert Twilley and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Director Brian Miller... Read More

Symposium Summary: An Examination into Influencing the Future of Angling Participation to Sustain Conservation Support

Sponsors: AFS Socioeconomics Section, Fisheries Management Section, and Fisheries Administration Section Despite continued population growth, the number of people participating in angling has stagnated and, in some cases, declined in recent years. This lack of growth threatens to erode away the multitude of diverse and substantial benefits society reaps from angling participation and threatens funding... Read More