Scoping Survey to Guide Hatcheries and Management of Aquatic Resources (HaMAR) Symposium

Greetings, fish culturists, fisheries managers, and other fisheries professionals.

For decades, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) has worked with leading aquatic resource scientists and natural resource managers to describe effective roles of cultured fishes in aquatic resource management. Approximately every 10 years, a cross-section of North American resource managers and representatives from AFS Sections and Divisions come together to address and reconcile contentious management issues regarding the uses of hatchery-origin fish. Most recently, this group met under the banner of "Propagated Fishes in Resource Management" (PFIRM), and produced a proceedings publication as well as a brief, guidance document,
Considerations for the Use of Propagated Fishes in Resource Management. These guidelines were a comprehensive and tied science-based information with political realities of management, and provided the aquatic resources
community and decision-makers with a set of consensus-guiding principles for the use of hatchery-origin fish.

Science-based fisheries management findings continue provide new information to strengthen the decision-making of natural resource agencies, and new challenges continue to emerge. The timing is right to assess the impacts of hatchery reform, the increasing importance of imperiled species restoration, as well as a number of other emerging issues in hatchery operation and the uses of hatchery-origin aquatic animals. It is time to set the clock in motion for the next cycle of this process, titled "Hatcheries and Management of Aquatic Resources" (HaMAR), and refine our guiding principles in the light of contemporary knowledge.

As in previous cycles, symposia are being developed to serve as a fact-finding sessions, targeting all current issues of concern related to the use of hatchery-origin aquatic animals. These symposia will be held in conjunction with the AQUA 2013 conference (February, Nashville, TN) and the 2013 AFS Annual Meeting (September, Little Rock, AR). However, we recognize that in the current economic climate, it is unlikely that all stakeholders and partners will be able to attend and participate in these symposia. We don't want travel restrictions to result in important issues slipping through the cracks, and so we need your help.

So, what are we asking for?

Below is a link to a scoping survey along with a request to distribute the survey to the 'fisheries constituency' you represent, i.e., fisheries managers and biologists in your state or region, hatchery managers and culturists, etc. Please complete the survey and encourage your colleagues to do the same (just forward this message-we want as much stakeholder and partner involvement as possible). We will use your responses in developing the 2013 HaMAR symposia, ensuring all high priority topics are addressed. We also hope that you will consider participating in these symposia.

Access the scoping survey here:

If you have questions about HaMAR, please contact the Steering Committee Co-chairs, Jesse Trushenski ( and Don MacKinlay (