Fishery Resources and Environment Of The Mississippi and Yangtze (Changjiang) River Basins: Common Challenges and Shared Perspectives

Wednesday, September 11, 2013: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Marriott Ballroom B (The Marriott Little Rock)
The Mississippi and Yangtze (Changjiang) Basins, the largest basins of North America and Asia, serve as principal navigational waterways and water sources, and play important economic, social, cultural, and ecological roles in the two continents. Maintaining healthy and productive fisheries and integrity of aquatic ecosystems are extremely important for achieving sustainability in each basin. Both basins share many taxa, humans exploit some similar groups, and have experienced some similar environmental challenges to their fisheries which, to date, have not been comparatively analyzed. This symposium will analyze them by describing challenges, evaluating their impacts on fisheries, and presenting management approaches that have succeeded and failed.  Specifically, it will address following common issues: 1) an overall comparative analysis (e.g., geology, land use, hydrology) of the two basins; 2) fisheries (commercial, recreational, and subsistence) and shellfisheries (mollusks and crustaceans); 3) endangered and invasive species (e.g., paddlefish, sturgeon, carps); 4) climate/land use change, hydraulic/hydrologic modification impacts on aquatic ecosystems; 5) floodplains; and 6) river/watershed restorations. Paired presentations and discussions will focus on how these stressors impact fish habitat, populations, communities, and ecosystem health, and will foster international partnerships for research and solution development for conserving and restoring sustainable and economically viable aquatic ecosystems and fishery resources. These presentations will be the collective work of a team consisting of at least one expert from the upper, middle, and lower sub-basins of each river. A final group synthesis will discuss commonalities and disparities between the two basins. Symposium attendees will be provided with the opportunity to evaluate approaches and techniques for transferability within and between the two basins. This symposium will also serve as a launch point for a long-term plan of international scientific program consisting of collaborative studies, visiting scholars, and information exchange between the United States and China.
Duane Chapman , John R. Jackson and Jack Killgore
Yushun Chen , Jan Jeffrey Hoover , Daqing Chen , Zhongjie Li , Duane Chapman , John R. Jackson and Jack Killgore
Yushun Chen , Jan Jeffrey Hoover , Daqing Chen and Zhongjie Li
8:00 AM
Introductory Remarks

8:20 AM
The Mississippi River: A Place for Fish
Hal Schramm, U.S. Geological Survey; Brian Ickes, U.S. Geological Survey

8:40 AM
The Status and Development of the Yangtze River: An Ecological View
Huatong Deng, Yangtze Fisheries Institute, CAFS; Jiawen Ba, Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute of CAFS; Daqing Chen, Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute of CAFS

9:00 AM
An Overview of Fishery Resources in Mainstem Habitats of the Mississippi River
S. Reid Adams, University of Central Arkansas; Harold L. Schramm, U.S. Geological Survey; David P. Herzog, Missouri Department of Conservation

9:20 AM
Fisheries Management in the Yangtze River Basin
Yanghui Wu, Yangtze River Fishery Management Commission

9:40 AM
Development and Reform of Commercial Fisheries in Yangtze Lakes, China
Zhongjie Li, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Jiashou Liu, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Shaowen Ye, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Tanglin Zhang, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Wei Li, Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS; Jing Yuan, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

10:00 AM
Wednesday AM Break

10:20 AM
Paddlefish, Sturgeon, and Bigheaded Carps Status, Biology, and Management in the Mississippi River
Quinton Phelps, Missouri Department of Conservation; Jan Jeffrey Hoover, U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center; Kelly Baerwaldt, US Army Corps of Engineers; Duane Chapman, USGS, Columbia Environmental Research Center

10:40 AM
Population Status and Conservation of Baiji and the Yangtze Finless Porpoise
Ding Wang, Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS; Kexiong Wang, Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS; Yujiang Hao, Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS; Jingsong Zheng, Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS

11:00 AM
Movements of a Mega-Fish Across Its Species Range
Brenda M. Pracheil, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Stephanie R. Januchowski-Hartley, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Luke A. Winslow, University of Wisconsin; Arthur R. Cooper, Michigan State University; Peter B. McIntyre, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dana M. Infante, Michigan State University

11:20 AM
Spatial Pattern for Larvae of the Major Carps in the Middle Reach of the Yangtze River: Impacts of the Three Gorges Dam
Songguang Xie, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Guo Zhang, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

11:40 AM
A Brief History of the Mississippi River's Physical Template
Jonathan Remo, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

12:00 PM
Wednesday Lunch

1:00 PM
Fish Ecology and Environmental Conservation of the Three Gorges Reservoir,China
Yongbo Chen, China Three Gorges Corporation; Zhiyu Sun, China Three Gorges Corporation; Hongbin Yang, China Three Gorges Corporation; Yu Zeng, China Three Gorges Corporation

1:40 PM
The Mississippi River Floodplain: Current Status and Historical Perspective
John R. Jackson, Arkansas Tech University; Quenton Fontenot, Nicholls State University; Ken Lubinski, USGS; Donald C. Jackson, Mississippi State University

2:00 PM
The Yangtze Floodplain: Threats and Restoration
Hongzhu Wang, Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS; Xueqing Liu, Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS

2:20 PM
Effects of Agricultural Land Use, Climate Change, and Watershed Restoration On Water Quality and Biological Resources in the Mississippi River Basin: An Overview and Case Studies
Yushun Chen, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Mike Daniels, 2Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas; Michele Reba, USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentation Laboratory; Andrew Sharpley, University of Arkansas Fayetteville; Jennifer Bouldin, Arkansas state university jonesboro; Tina G. Teague, Arkansas state university Jonesboro; Chris Henry, University of Arkansas; Pearl Daniel, University of Arkansas; Neal Mays, University of Arkansas Fayetteville; Dennis Frame, University of Wisconsin-Madison Discovery Farms; Dennis Busch, University of Wisconsin Platteville; Beatrix Haggard, LSU AgCenter

2:40 PM
Environmental Flows and River-Lake Floodplain Connections in the Yangtze River Basin
Lin CHENG, WWF-Beijing office; Gang LEI, WWF-Beijing office; Jinyu LEI, WWF-Beijing office

3:00 PM
Wednesday PM Break

3:20 PM
Mississippi River Habitat Restoration
Jack Killgore, U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center; Angeline Rodgers, Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee & U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Gretchen Benjamin, Great Rivers Partnership, The Nature Conservancy; Jim Wise, Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee & Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

3:40 PM
Mississippi-Yangtze Ecopartnership
Le Zhu, The Nature Conservancy; Yao Yin, United States Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center; Bo Yang, The Nature Conservancy

4:00 PM
Panel Discussion

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