American Fisheries Society to Hold 142nd Annual Meeting in the Twin Cities
Minneapolis – St Paul, MN, August 19-23, 2012:
AFS will hold its 142nd annual meeting in the Twin Cities / Minnesota – the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The meeting will focus on Fisheries Networks: Building Ecological, Social, and Professional Relationships.
Speakers will present a broad range of topics at the plenary session, technical symposia, poster sessions, and in continuing education courses. With 1202 scheduled presentations, conference attendees will have the opportunity to network with fisheries professionals and students, stay current on the latest in fisheries science, management, resource policy and more, all while enjoying the sights and scenes of the Twin Cities and beyond.
This year’s plenary speakers will be Dr. Villy Christensen (Professor at the UBC Fisheries Centre and Director of the Nippon Foundation – UBC Nereus Program), Dr. Barbara A. Knuth (Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at Cornell University and Professor of Natural Resource Policy), and Dr. William W. Taylor (who holds a U.S. Presidential appointment as a US Commissioner (alternate) for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission). Christensen’s talk will be on ecological networks – from who did it to future food webs and will focus on the important question: will there be seafood and healthy oceans for future generations? Knuth will address the necessity of understanding social networks and how to cultivate them toward improving fisheries management capacity and fostering positive relationships among stakeholders, managers, and scientists. Taylor will address the issue of fisheries sustainability: the science and art of coupling human and natural systems.
Some sample symposia: The Future of Fishing: Leisure, Sport and Conservation; Missouri and Mississippi River Flooding 2011: Impacts of Historic Flows on Big River Systems; The Role of Molecular Genetics in Fisheries Management in the Great Lakes Region; Lake Trout East and West: What Can We Learn by Comparing Lake Trout Restoration in the Eastern USA to Lake Trout Suppression in the Western USA; and Great Lakes Fish Communities: Tales, Lessons, and Futures.
The technical program will be hosted at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul while other meeting events will take advantage of Minneapolis venues. We invite you to join us in expanding and strengthening our ecological, social, and professional relationships centered around our common interest in fisheries, and in enjoying all that Minnesota can offer! www.afs2012.org
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