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Symposium Summary: Effects of Drought on Aquatic Resources, Fisheries Management, and Mitigation Strategies

Sponsors: AFS Estuaries Section, Fish Habitat Section, and Water Quality Section Prolonged and intense drought as a result of climate change is becoming a more frequent occurrence in many parts of the world with varying impacts to freshwater and marine fisheries resources. Coupled with increased human water demands, reservoir, river, and estuarine systems face unprecedented... Read More

Symposium Summary: Effects of Diploid Grass Carp and State Grass Carp Stocking Policies on Aquatic Ecosystems

Sponsor: Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association State policies regarding the use of Grass Carp are inconsistent and at times conflicting between neighboring states. Most states prohibit all Grass Carp or restrict their use to certified triploids (i.e., sterile) only; however, seven states in the Mississippi River Basin continue to allow stocking of diploid (i.e., fertile)... Read More

Symposium Summary: Coupled Interactions between Natural and Human Systems – On the Interplay between Aquatic Ecosystem Health, Human Behavior and Decision-Making, and Aquatic Invasive Species

Understanding the interdependence between healthy aquatic ecosystems and human social, economic, and cultural benefits is necessary to maximize the benefits of ecosystem management and to address trade-offs among ecosystem services, economic benefits, and human and ecosystem health.  In this symposium, 11 presentations highlighted various aspects of coupled natural and human systems.  Topics varied greatly and... Read More

Symposium Summary: Cooperative Fisheries Research in Marine and Freshwater Systems: From Policy to Practice

Cooperative research between scientists and stakeholders is a time-tested model that has gained traction through emerging citizen science initiatives and formalized policy by fishery agencies. In addition to building overall trust in the management process, the inclusion of stakeholders in data collection and experimental design has the capacity to leverage limited funds and produce information... Read More

Symposium Summary: Angling for Dinosaurs: Status and Future Study of the Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Ancient Fishes

AFS scientists from across the country gathered for an exciting day centered on an understudied and historically undesirable taxa of sport fish, the gars and Bowfin (Holosteans). The symposium convened 15 speakers to share research, management, and personal experiences working with these “dinosaur fishes.” A day of presentations ranged from morphological and genetic approaches for... Read More

U.S. Forest Service Professional Dick Dyrland Receives Presidents’ Fishery Conservation Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2016 Contact: Martha Wilson [email protected] Dick Dyrland of the U.S. Forest Service received the Presidents’ Fishery Conservation Award at the 2016 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. AFS President Ron Essig presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. The Presidents’ Fishery Conservation Award is presented... Read More

Great Lakes Fisheries Scientist Mike Jones Receives William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2016 Contact: Martha Wilson [email protected] Mike Jones, the Peter A. Larkin Professor of Quantitative Fisheries at Michigan State University, received the William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award at the 2016 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. AFS President Ron Essig presented the award at the meeting’s... Read More