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Symposium Summary: Understanding Pallid Sturgeon Population Dynamics and Stressors in the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers

Pallid Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus occupy some 4,500 miles of Missouri and Mississippi rivers and Kansas City was a fitting location to host a symposium for this endangered fish, as the Missouri River flows just minutes from the conference site. This full-day session featured over 20 speakers representing a wide range of state and federal agencies... Read More

Symposium Summary: Translating Essential Fish Habitat Science into Fishery Management Decisions

Sponsors: NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation and NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology Habitat protection reached a milestone in 2016 with the 20-year anniversary of the essential fish habitat (EFH) provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. In celebration of this milestone, speakers shared key elements that enable habitat science to... Read More

Symposium Summary: Third Mississippi-Yangtze River Basins Symposium (MYRIBS): Large River Basin Fishery Resources and Environment

Sponsors: AFS Fisheries Management Section, Water Quality Section, International Fisheries Section, China Society of Fisheries, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund This symposium is a continuation of the Mississippi-Yangtze River Basins Symposium (MYRIBS) series which started in Little Rock, Arkansas, during the 2013 American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting and continued in Wuhan, Hubei, China during... Read More

Symposium Summary: Theory and Application of Behavioral Guidance Technologies to Deter Invasive and Native Fishes

Sponsor: Mississippi River Basin Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force A day-long symposium was held on the theory and application of fish deterrent systems.  Thirteen speakers from three countries came and presented 14 talks. Speakers reviewed how a variety of sensory stimuli (sound, light, water flow, pheromones, electricity) are being presently being tested or used to... Read More

Symposium Summary: #SocialFish – Fisheries Science in 140 Characters: The Role of Social Media in Our Science

Sponsors: AIFRB and the Fisheries Blog As keynote speaker David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter) noted, there have been numerous revolutions in communications over the course of human history…oral language…the written word…the printing press…the telephone…and social media. Whether you are an early adopter or a technological luddite, there’s no denying that social media has transformed the way we... Read More

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