Annual Meeting

Symposium Summary: (Re)envisioning Process-based Restoration

Sponsor: Cramer Fish Sciences When we first imagined this symposium, we thought we’d invite enough speakers to fill one slot. Instead, there was enough interest among AFS members to fill an entire day. We had 19 talks that all addressed fish restoration. Speakers were agency and tribal scientists, academics, consultants, and students. Some talks were... Read More

Symposium Summary: Large Salmon Watersheds and Industrial Development: Tools and Lessons Learned from Watersheds across Western North America to Inform Salmon Conservation and Management in the Face of Cumulative Stressors

Large watersheds of western North America provide extensive habitat for Pacific salmon species. These fish are of great cultural, ecological, and economic importance to the peoples and ecosystems of these river basins. Some of these salmon watersheds remain relatively pristine while others have experienced decades of industrial development that have eroded their connectivity and productivity.... Read More

Symposium Summary: Keeping up with the Times: Advancements and Creative Solutions Using Applied Technology in Fisheries Monitoring and Research

FISHBIO hosted a two-day symposium at AFS 2015 called “Keeping up with the Times: Advancements and Creative Solutions Using Applied Technology in Fisheries Monitoring and Research.” All the presenters provided enthusiastic updates on advancements and innovative uses of both older and new technology. The talks spanned a variety of fisheries technologies, including passive integrated transponder... Read More

Symposium Summary: Intensively Monitored Watersheds (IMW): Lessons from the Past and Future Guidance

The IMW symposium was an excellent session with 19 presentations on watershed-scale, habitat restoration effectiveness monitoring projects from throughout the Pacific Northwest and northern California. Study designs varied, with nearly all including a before-after-control-impact (BACI) design at smaller spatial scales but less than half employing a BACI design at a watershed scale or for fish... Read More

Symposium Summary: Incorporating Ecosystem Dynamics in Fishery Stock Assessment and Management: Progress and Challenges

Sponsors: Marine Fisheries Section, NOAA Fisheries National Stock Assessment Workshop The goal of this symposium was to stimulate discussion on how ecosystem dynamics can be best incorporated into the fishery management process, in particular by developing stock assessments that are more responsive to major ecosystem fluctuations and shifts, including climate change. A total of 27... Read More

Symposium Summary: Implementation of the San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement to Restore Chinook Salmon to the San Joaquin River, California

The session highlighted ongoing efforts and challenges faced by the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, a multi-agency, large scale, long-term restoration project in California to restore Chinook Salmon and other native fishes to the San Joaquin River and improve water delivery while reducing or avoiding impacts to water availability. Since the completion of Friant Dam... Read More

Symposium Summary: How Different Are Asian Masu Salmon Compared to Coho Salmon and Steelhead?

Masu or cherry salmon Oncorhynchus masou (and subspecies) are Asian endemic salmon native to Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and the Russian Federation. The goal of our symposium was to summarize emerging knowledge on Masu Salmon, and draw comparisons to North American analogs, particularly Coho Salmon (O. kisutch). A number of speakers emphasized the diversity of life histories of Masu Salmon... Read More

Symposium Summary: The Habitat Science Needed for Effective Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management (EBFM)

Ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) is a comprehensive approach to the management of fisheries sector living marine resources. Inclusive in EBFM is the requirement of managers to consider the complex interactions between fishes and their dependent habitats, and the effects of fishing upon habitat and fish stocks. The session began with an overview of NOAA Fisheries’... Read More

Symposium Summary: Genomics of Adaptation in Natural Populations

Sponsor: AFS Genetics Section Rapid advances in genomics are providing unprecedented opportunities to improve our understanding of the amount, distribution, and functional significance of genetic variation in natural populations. Analyses on a genomic scale are now commonplace, and complete genome sequences are increasingly available for many species. These advances have facilitated discovery of loci associated... Read More