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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

Symposia Summaries, 2015 Annual Meeting in Portland

Summaries and photos from some of the 104 symposia at the Portland Annual Meeting were compiled by symposia organizers. Most summaries includes links to the abstracts of the session presentations. Actions and Dialog to Change Perceptions and Increase Engagement of Underrepresented Minorities in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Balancing Conservation and Utilization to Sustain Fisheries Barrier Removal... Read More

Symposium Summary: The Next Generation of Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management

The fisheries community has long recognized that fisheries management should consider interconnections between fishing, fished species, and the well-being of humans and the marine environment. However, implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) has been slow. In this symposium, we discussed new innovations in implementing EBFM. Presenters examined new methodologies and success stories of ecosystem approaches... Read More

Symposium Summary: Working Across Diverse User Groups to Address Aquatic Fragmentation in a World of Limiting Resources and Increased Demands: Can We Prevent New Barriers to Avoid Restoration by Working With Diverse Stakeholders?

Aquatic barriers have contributed to the decline of numerous aquatic species throughout the United States by fragmenting habitats. Although natural resource managers work diligently to reconnect habitats, they struggle to keep up with increasing water demands and infrastructure construction that lead to new barriers. This symposium featured presentations highlighting the successes and difficulties from real-world... Read More

Symposium Summary: Transdisciplinary Marine Science: Research and Education to Expand Methodologies and Address Complex Problems

Our symposium consisted of 12 talks encompassing examples of transdisciplinary science from Alaska to the Caribbean and suggestions, examples, and critiques of educational opportunities for transdisciplinary training. Defining “transdisciplinary” seems of paramount interest, and while I offered a definition from Rosenfield (1992) in my introduction—individuals from multiple disciplines working jointly to create a unified conceptual... Read More