QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 12, 2014) - The 144th American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting will be held in Québec City from August 17 to 21, under the theme "From fisheries research to management: think and act locally and globally". Fisheries and Oceans Canada is hosting this international event in collaboration with the American Fisheries Society (AFS), Ville de Québec, Tourisme Québec, and the Québec City Convention Centre.
"It is my belief that sound scientific research is the foundation of good resource management. With close to 1,600 participants from the six continents, I am confident that the AFS 2014 annual meeting will be instrumental in the advancement of research in fisheries and aquatic science," said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
"I believe that everyone will enjoy this meeting, including its science and its many opportunities to reconnect with colleagues and make new ones," said Bob Hughes, AFS President.
AFS Québec 2014 will features 40 symposia and 32 open sessions, including 1,411 oral presentations and 220 poster presentations from leading fishery resource experts, all at the Québec City Convention Centre. Attendees will also enjoy the opportunity to discuss shared issues at the Trade Show, with 64 exhibitors.
The 2014 Annual Meeting organizing committee is also proud to welcome four internationally renowned experts speaking on hot issues in fisheries management today: Dr. Louis Bernatchez, Canada Research Chair in Genetic Conservation of Aquatic Resources at Université Laval in Québec City; Dr. Thierry Oberdorff, Codirector of BOREA (Biologie des Organismes et Écosystèmes Aquatiques), at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris; Dr. Ana Parma, expert in fisheries modelling, assessment, and management at Centro Nacional Patagonica, in Argentina; and Dr. David Bella, Professor Emeritus at the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University.
The AFS's mandate is improving the conservation and sustainability of fisheries resources and aquatic ecosystems. Membership is mostly drawn from the scientific community but also includes other fisheries professionals (managers, scientists, educators, consultants, industry practitioners, etc.).
To learn more about the 144th annual AFS meeting visit the meeting website: http://afs2014.org/.