Management of fish populations in large rivers: a review of tools and approaches

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In common with most branches of science, the management of riverine fish populations is characterised by reductionist and isolationist philosophies. Traditional fish management focuses on stocking and controls on fishing. This paper presents a consensus of scientists involved in the LARS workshop on the management of fish populations in large rivers. A move towards a more holistic philosophy is advocated, with fish management forming an integral part of sustainable river development. Based upon a questionnaire survey of LARS members, with wide-ranging expertise and experience from all parts of the world, lists of management tools currently in use are presented. Four categories of tools are described: flow, water-quality, habitat, and biological. The potential applications of tools for fish management in large rivers is discussed and research needs are identified. The lack of scientific evaluations of the different tools remains the major constraint to their wider application.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Management of fish populations in large rivers: a review of tools and approaches
Series number 106
Subseries Canadian special publication of fisheries and aquatic sciences
Year Published 1989
Language English
Publisher Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the International Large River Symposium
First page 578
Last page 588
Conference Title International Large River Symposium
Conference Location Honey Harbor, Ontario, Canada
Conference Date September 14-21, 1986
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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