Black Bass Diversity: Multidisciplinary Science
February 8–10, 2013 in Nashville, TN
A special three-day symposium will focus on the conservation and diversity of the black basses (genus Micropterus). This symposium will be held in Nashville, TN from February 8–10, 2013 in conjunction with the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society (SDAFS) Annual Meeting. The symposium will begin Friday, February 8th at 8:00 AM and conclude on Sunday, February 10th. Sunday afternoon will be devoted to a workshop to update the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's 10-year Business Plan for the Conservation of Native Black Bass Species in the Southeastern U.S.
The symposium will include invited presentations from black bass experts throughout North America, as well as contributed papers that fit the topics of the symposium. All presentations will be considered for manuscript submission for a final symposium book.
Topics to be highlighted on the species and subspecies of black bass will include:
- Life History and Behavior
- Habitat Requirements and Status of Native Habitats
- Population Genetics
- Fisheries Management
- Angler’s Perspective
Some of the more popular and/or controversial topics will include:
- New updates on the shoal bass, Alabama bass, redeye bass, and Guadalupe bass.
- The BASS SLAM program, promoted by B.A.S.S. for all 9 species of black bass.
- Angler attitudes on the protection of black bass populations.
- Effects of hybridization between species, such as the shoal bass, redeye bass, smallmouth bass, and Guadalupe bass populations.
- Research on the effects of endocrine disruption and intersex in black bass. What we know and what we don’t know.
- The effects of river and watershed habitat restoration programs on black bass populations.
- The possible impacts of fishing for nesting bass.
- The history of black bass management over the last 100 years.
Of the nine described species or subspecies of black bass in North America, three were described in the past 12 years and more possibly exist as undescribed species (e.g., Bartram's bass and Cuatro Ciénegas bass). Many black bass populations have conservation issues related to genetic integrity and habitat degradation. Plan now to attend this ground-breaking symposium. If you have any further questions, please contact the steering committee at BlackBassSymposium@myFWC.com.
Registration for the symposium is through the SDAFS website. Information on lodging, registration, overall program, etc., can be found at: http://www.sdafs.org/meetings/2013/default.htm. You can also download the registration form here.
The Fisheries Conservation Foundation’s North American Black Bass Coalition is proud to be a sponsor of this symposium.
To contact the symposium steering committee, send an email to: BlackBassSymposium@myFWC.com