Early Career Perspectives on the Future of Freshwater Fisheries Science, Management, and Policy in Canada

Tuesday, August 19, 2014: 11:50 AM
205B (Centre des congrès de Québec // Québec City Convention Centre)
Michael Donaldson , Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Erika Eliason , University of British Columbia
Ken M. Jeffries , School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
Mark Poesch , University of Alberta
Andrew Drake , Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON, Canada
Doug Braun , University of British Columbia
Heidi Swanson , University of Waterloo
Caleb Hasler , Dillon Consulting Limited, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Vivian Nguyen , Carleton University
Graham D. Raby , Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Brett Favaro , University of Victoria
Robert Lennox , Carleton University
Steven Cooke , Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Shannon Bower , Carleton University
Canadian freshwater fisheries provide vital economic, social, and cultural value.  Maintaining the viability and sustainability of freshwater fisheries lies at the heart of the intersection between fisheries science, management, and policy.  Even so, Canadian freshwater fisheries have been fraught with challenges since their earliest days.  Fisheries science has made leaps and bounds during this time, becoming more integrative, multi-disciplinary, and diverse.  We have not only gained a better understanding of fish, fisheries, and ecosystems, but we have also had increased integration of science, management, and policy.  Looking forward, our fisheries face a number of existing and emerging threats, including climate change, invasive species, habitat degradation, regulated rivers and water demands, and fisheries overexploitation.  With such uncertainty on the horizon, there is value in taking a philosophical view of the future of freshwater fisheries in Canada.  Our objective is to provide an overview of risk factors relevant to Canadian freshwater fisheries from the perspectives of a diverse team of early career fisheries scientists, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career academics.  We integrate our prognostications to provide an outlook for the future of freshwater fisheries science, management, and policy in Canada.