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An American Fisheries Society Experience

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
09/07/15 -- Our team has finally recovered from the whirlwind of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, and by all accounts, the gathering was a big hit. With more than 3,000 attendees, 400 symposia, and 30 concurrent sessions to choose from, it was hard not to feel a bit overcome by the wealth of opportunities for learning about anything fish. We particularly enjoyed participating in the trade show alongside dozens of other exhibitors.

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FISHBIO booth at the AFS Show in Portland, photo courtesy FISHBIO

All the hard work of our FABLAB paid off, with plenty of folks stopping by to check out our custom fabricated display, Adaptive Resolution Imaging System (ARIS) boat mount, and, of course, our handcrafted salmon chairs. We've compiled some of our favorite photos which are available here. Hope you enjoy!

FISHBIO hosted a two-day symposium at AFS called "Keeping Up With the Times: Advancements and Creative Solutions Using Applied Technology in Fisheries Monitoring and Research." We appreciated that our presenters were enthusiastic in updating all of us on advancements and innovative uses of both older and new technology. These talks spanned a variety of technologies, including Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags, acoustic tags, infrared cameras (Vaki Riverwatcher), side-scan sonar, sonar cameras (Sound Metrics ARIS), video cameras, eDNA, laboratory genetics testing, resistivity counters, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. While we could go on at length about all the interesting topics covered, here are a few highlights:

We also co-chaired a symposium on "Sustaining Diverse Fisheries in the Mekong Basin," which brought together researchers from around the world who are working on fisheries issues in the Mekong River region. The session began with a few talks stressing the importance of fisheries resources to the economics and health of people in the basin, and the current challenges these inland fisheries face. The presentations covered numerous topics, from the trophic flexibility of fishes in Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake, to innovative technologies used to investigate fish passage at weirs and dams in the Mekong. The session concluded with talks on the development of fish conservation zones around critical fish habitats (see presentation) and in-river structures, as well as the value of involving local communities in fisheries management. This brought the talks full circle to the important role fisheries play in the livelihoods and well-being of the people of the lower Mekong Basin.

We were thrilled that a number of researchers from Southeast Asia could attend the AFS meeting, including the head of FISHBIO's Lao office. We took the opportunity to spend a few extra days exploring Portland and the surrounding areas. Highlights included a trip to Bonneville Dam and hatchery, the Portland farmer's market, and Powell's Books. After many engaging conversations and consuming impressive quantities of smoked salmon and craft beer, we have to conclude the conference was a rousing success. A big "thank you" to the tireless organizers, and we are looking forward to our next AFS experience!

FISHBIO is a dedicated group of research scientists, engineers, and technicians that specialize in counting, tracking, and analyzing trends in fish and wildlife populations throughout the world. An expert staff, technical capacity, and state-of-the-art equipment make FISHBIO a trailblazer in aquatic research. For more information, please visit FISHBIO.com.


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