*** Due to the greater-than-expected number of registrants, the Opening Plenary (8 AM – noon, September 5), has been moved to the Paramount Theater, located on the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle, one block North of the Washington State Convention Center. ***

Program Overview

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We expect the 141st Annual Meeting to be the largest national AFS meeting ever held, and we feel we have a large and varied program worthy of such a large attendance. Each day you will have 24-29 concurrent sessions of symposia and contributed papers to choose from, focused on diverse critical topics of regional, national, and global interest.

Program Co-chairs Craig Busack (left) and Dave Ward have facilitated the organization of AFS's largest program ever.

These oral sessions will be complemented by nearly 500 posters you can peruse over several days. Personal scheduler software is available online to help you navigate through the many offerings and plan your time. The program includes an unprecedented 95 symposia, listed below, ranging from 0.25 to 2 days in length.  The symposium titles are listed below, but a complete searchable listing of all program offerings is available at the Complete Program link.

Please note that we are no longer accepting submissions of any sort, but if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Program Committee co-chairs:

Craig Busack (afs2011_cbusack.nwr @; 503-230-5412)
Dave Ward (dave.ward @; 503-274-7285).


  • Using Models to Evaluate Predator/Prey Balance (or Imbalance) In the Great Lakes Ecosystems
  • Riverscape: Synoptic, High-Resolution Mapping and Modeling of Biophysical Attributes and Interactions in Riverine Environments
  • Incorporating Estimates of Survival, Biological Diversity, and Spatial Distribution into Salmonid Life-Cycle Models
  • Parameters That Aren’t: Time-Varying Effects in Stock Assessment
  • Riverscape Ecology: Theory and Application for Understanding and Conserving Lotic Fishes
  • Marine Derived Nutrients in Freshwater Systems – Anadromous Fishes and the Nutrient Cycle
  • Food and Space Revisited: Drift-Foraging Ecology and Habitat Selection
  • Connecting Climate Science to Fisheries Management and Ecology in a Changing World
  • Comparative Analysis of Marine Fisheries and Ecosystems
  • Potential Effects of Ocean Acidification on Fisheries and Other Marine Resources
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Control and Native Species Restoration: Technical and Regulatory Challenges
  • Conservation of Organisms in Dendritic Systems
  • Fisheries and Hard Rock Mining
  • American Shad of the Pacific Coast: A Benign Introduction or Harmful Invasive Species?
  • Collaborative Fisheries Research Fellowship: Leading the Way in Building Conservation Engineering Capacity and Assessing e-Learning Strategies
  • Challenges in Managing Marine & Estuarine Recreational Fisheries
  • What Influences Fisheries Production? Comparing the Effects of Environmental, Fishing, and Food Web Forcing Across Large Marine Ecosystems
  • San Francisco Estuary: A Dynamic Confluence of Fisheries, Policy, and Resource Management
  • Impacts of Oil Spill Disasters on the Biology of Marine Fisheries: From Exxon Valdez to Deepwater Horizon
  • Assessing the Role of Marine Protected Areas in Restoring, Sustaining, and/or Enhancing Fisheries
  • Global Conservation, Trophic Relationships and Ecology of Forage Fish in Marine Ecosystems
  • Effects of Renewable Energy Installations on Marine Ecosystems
  • Larval Dispersal, Population Connectivity and the Management of Marine Species
  • The Biology, Ecology, and Management of Summer Flounder
  • Life History Variability in Marine Fish: Climate and Fishing Induced Controls
  • Management of Elasmobranch Fisheries: Sustainability, Conservation, and Regulation of Global Trade
  • Human Influence on Connectivity and Population Structure for River Fishes
  • Leading Edge Tools for Investigative Fish Science
  • Innovations in Electrofishing Technology and Techniques
  • Challenges in Monitoring Outmigrating Juvenile Salmonids.
  • Improving Survey Methods for Monitoring Recreational Fishing Effort and Catch
  • Alternative Survey Strategies: Technology, Research, Methods and Applicability
  • Using Acoustic Telemetry Techniques to Estimate Fish Survival and Behavior
  • One Fish, Two Fish: Using Fixed Electronic Fish Counting Systems for Real Time Monitoring of Freshwater Species
  • Far-Reaching Technologies: International Technical Programs for the Conservation and Improvement of Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Protecting Fish at Power Plant Cooling Water Intakes: New Developments and Science on Clean Water Act §316(b)
  • Conservation Genetics and Genomics in Fisheries
  • Chemical Signatures of Otoliths and Application in Fisheries
  • Ecology of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases in Populations of Wild Fish
  • Cognitive, Sensory, and Behavioral Frontiers Exploring Fish Movement and Habitat Use
  • The Effects of Semi-Intensive Aquaculture on Biodiversity in Nearshore and Inland Waters
  • Incorporating Genetic Data into Population Introduction Programs
  • Hatchery Nutrition: Feeding Fish for Tomorrow’s Changing World
  • Nature-Like Fishways: Design, Assessment & Monitoring
  • Reflections on Forest Management; Can Fish and Fiber Coexist?
  • Initial Implementation of the San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement to Restore Chinook Salmon to the San Joaquin River, California.
  • Investigating the World of Lamprey Biology and Ecology
  • Crayfish in Western North America: Research Opportunities and Management Challenges
  • New Frontiers in the Management, Status, and Biology of Western Native Freshwater Fishes
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Gobies in North America: Conservation Concerns in a Changing World
  • Biology and Management of Walleye and Sauger: Status and Needs
  • Environmental Flow Applications in the Management of Hydroelectric Dams: Science, Policy, and Management
  • Great Lakes Fisheries Management and Policy: A Binational Perspective
  • The National Fish Habitat Action Plan: Progress, Partnerships, and Next Steps in Protecting, Restoring and Enhancing Sustainable Fisheries in North America
  • Global Fisheries: Balancing Overfishing and Food Production
  • Rigorous Adaptive Management Approaches to Benefit Fish Populations and Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Evaluating Effects of Sportfishing Regulations: What Have We Done and What Can We Do Better?
  • Managing Diversity in a Changing World
  • Long-Term Monitoring Strategies for Large River Systems; Providing a Long-Term Context to Fish Management Strategies
  • Frontiers in Fisheries Science Leadership
  • Improving the Quality of Research and Management of Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife: Examples from Two Decades of Independent Scientific Review
  • Colonization and Reintroduction of Anadromous Salmonids
  • Variation in Age and Size at Maturation in Salmonids: Causes and Consequences.
  • Coastal Cutthroat Trout Symposium: Research, Status, and Conservation
  • Salmon Spawning Levels and Ecosystem Connections
  • Juvenile Salmon Ecology and Ecosystem Restoration in the Lower Columbia River and Estuary
  • Northern Exposure: The Ecology and Conservation of Charr Species
  • Factors Contributing to the Population Resilience of Anadromous and Resident Salmonids
  • Iteroparity in Steelhead Trout: Managing for a Diversity of Reproductive Life History Characteristics
  • Conservation and Management of Kokanee, the Little O. nerka, In an Altered and Changing Landscape
  • Pacific Salmon Recovery, Planning and Implementation
  • Sockeye on the Brink-Can Good Fisheries Management Maintain and Restore Sockeye Stocks in the Pacific Northwest?
  • Advances in Data Management and Dissemination: The View from the Edge of a New Frontier
  • Ecosystem Modeling: Joint Modeling of Human Behavior and Fish Populations; Ecosystem Models to Address Fishery Management Needs
  • Climate Change and Pacific Salmonids
  • Can Aquatic Resources Survive Global Climate Change and Humanity’s Best Intentions?
  • Setting Realistic Goals for Species and Habitat Restoration in Aquatic Systems: Examples from Great Lakes and Pacific Coast Ecosystems
  • Effective Fish Habitat Conservation: Assessment, Protection, and Rehabilitation
  • Science and Strategies for Conservation of Land and Stream Flows through Acquisition, Exchange and Other Financial Incentives
  • Fisheries Education & Outreach: Collaborations That Inspire and Empower Students, Teachers and the Public to Be Responsible Advocates for Aquatic Resources
  • Design and Implementation of Catch Shares in U.S. Commercial Fisheries
  • Advances in Coastal Atlases, Habitat Mapping, and Habitat Assessment Science to Support Fisheries and Ecosystem Decisions
  • The Cutting Edge of Bycatch Management: Science, Policy and Engineering
  • Evolutionary Ecology, Plasticity, and Adaptability of Fish Life Histories: a Symposium in Two Parts
  • Nature and Nurture: Local Adaptation, Life History Diversity, and Salmonid Conservation
  • Using Hydroacoustic Telemetry to Understand Movement and Ecology of Critical Species
  • Recent Advances in Hydroacoustic Assessment of Fish Populations Using “Fixed” Hydroacoustic Technologies
  • Advances in Hydroacoustic Assessment of Fish and Underwater Habitat Using “Mobile” Hydroacoustic Technologies
  • Electronic Frontiers in Fisheries Management – Log Books and Real Time Fishery Information Systems – Case Studies and Issues
  • Fish Passage through Turbines: What Do We Know and Where Are We Going
  • High Head Reservoirs – A Black Box? What Do We Know about Fish Growth, Behavior, Distribution, Survival, and Passage Timing in These Reservoirs
  • Fish Passage Restoration on Rivers and Streams
  • Fish Passage Monitoring- Build It and They Will Come: Measuring Success of Fish Passage Enhancements
  • Stocking Conservation Issues: Integrative Methods in Recreational Fisheries; Science and Policy of Fish Propagation