RANGELEY, Maine - Fisheries scientists from the Northeast will be meeting in Rangeley next week to discuss fisheries managament techniques in the northern New England states, Quebec and the Maritime provinces of Canada.
Each year, the Atlantic Chapter of the American Fisheries Society meets in order to present information on recent studies and learn more from each other about fishery management techniques in their region. The Atlantic International Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is comprised of 5 eastern Canadian provinces and 3 New England American states: Quebec (east of Three Rivers), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The expressed purpose of the Chapter is "to foster communication through total participation (workshop approach) and to exchange applied information and techniques, as well as theory, on fisheries management and culture within the Chapter area".
There will be several Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists presenting at the meeting this week, including Merry Gallagher concerning her Stream Assessment Program; Frank Frost on Habitat Improvement Evaluation; Forrest Bonney on Western Maine Stream Restoration; Phillip Wick on Fish Hosts and Demographics of Two Threatened Mussel Species. Casey Jackson of the University of Maine will also present on the critical conflict between Brook Trout and Smallmouth Bass in the Rapid River.
The 31st annual meeting runs from Sunday, September 25 -27 at the Rangeley Inn in Rangeley Maine. Presentations begin on Monday at 7:45 a.m. and will continue through the day, and from 8:45 until 11:30 on Tuesday.
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