Looking for symposia submissions – Biology and management of aggregating species in freshwater and marine systems

The Estuaries Section and the Marine Fisheries Section are sponsoring a symposium at the Tampa meeting on the Biology and management of aggregating species in freshwater and marine systems. We’re looking for abstracts to be submitted by March 17th.  If you have any questions please contact Lynn Waterhouse ([email protected]), Selina Heppell ([email protected]), or Scott Heppell ([email protected]).

You can submit an abstract for AFS using this link:

To be considered for the spawning aggregation symposium please do the
(1) Under the header “Symposium inclusion” please select the option “I would like to be considered for inclusion in a symposium”.
(2) From the drop down menu you can select this symposium. “Biology and management of aggregating species in freshwater and marine systems-5595”

Abstracts are due March 17th. The word limit for abstracts is 200 words.

Symposium Title: Biology and management of aggregating species in freshwater and marine systems
ID: 5595

Many fish species aggregate at specific locations during their life, such as those that reproduce through spawning aggregations or those that deposit nests in particular areas. Due to the predictable spatial and temporal nature of such behaviors, and potentially inflated catch per unit effort during an aggregation period, species that form such aggregations can be easily overfished. Habitat degradation and changes in climate may contribute to an uncertain future for many aggregating species. When aggregating or while in transit to the aggregation, populations can be faced with spatial bottlenecks that should be considered in assessment and may require more adaptive models than those currently employed.
Understanding the ecological and behavioral needs of aggregating species is critical to developing evidence-based conservation and management plans that allow for both long-term persistence of the population while
simultaneously supporting viable fisheries. This symposium will draw
from the experiences and examples of those working to conserve and manage spawning aggregations, spawning habitats, and other spatial bottlenecks in marine and freshwater systems. Our goals are to provide examples of how fisheries scientists and managers can use information on spatial ecology and life history to better assess and manage these species, and to provide a platform for discussion of the future needs and concerns for the management of fish aggregations in the face of climate change.

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