The Estuaries Section of the American Fisheries Society
presents a symposium on
Management Applications of Estuarine Datasets
at the 2019 AFS-TWS Joint Annual Conference in Reno, NV.
If interested in participating, please contact Catherine Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Abstracts are due on April 12, 2019.
Fisheries and wildlife datasets collected in estuaries serve many functions. These datasets can support decision making by managers, providing a critical function to enable decision makers to choose the best steps forward for the resource. The purpose of this symposium is to explore the many ways that estuarine datasets contribute critical information for resource management. Examples of the synergy between datasets and management abound – in fact it is likely more difficult to find an example of a dataset that would not be valuable to management decisions in some way. For example, there may be management processes in place that rely on real-time data collection on an endangered species to inform management actions. Or, an important new discovery by a long-term monitoring program may spur a new plan of action (e.g., the discovery of a newly introduced species or source of contamination). Drawing the link between a dataset and the critical management decisions that it supports can be fundamental to the continued collection of such important data. For this symposium on management applications of estuarine datasets, we invite talks by anyone who works in estuaries – fisheries and wildlife professionals alike!