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Grand Challenges in the Management and Conservation of North American Inland Fishes and Fisheries

Lynch, Abigail J.; Cooke, Steven J.; Beard, T. Douglas; Kao, Yu-Chun; Lorenzen, Kai; Song, Andrew M.; Allen, Micheal S.; Basher, Zeenatul; Bunnell, David B.; Camp, Edward V.; Cowx, Ian G.; Freedman, Jonathan A.; Nguyen, Vivian M.; Nohner, Joel K.; Rogers, Mark W.; Siders, Zachary A.; Taylor, William W.; Youn, So-Jung


Abigail J. Lynch

Steven J. Cooke

T. Douglas Beard

Yu-Chun Kao

Kai Lorenzen

Andrew M. Song

Micheal S. Allen

Zeenatul Basher

David B. Bunnell

Edward V. Camp

Ian G. Cowx

Jonathan A. Freedman

Vivian M. Nguyen

Joel K. Nohner

Mark W. Rogers

Zachary A. Siders

William W. Taylor

So-Jung Youn


Even with long-standing management and extensive science support, North American inland fish and fisheries still face many conservation and management challenges. We used a grand challenges approach to identify critical roadblocks that if removed would help solve important problems in the management and long-term conservation of North American inland fish and fisheries. We identified seven grand challenges within three themes (valuation, governance, and externalities) and 34 research needs and management actions. The major themes identified are to (1) raise awareness of diverse values associated with inland fish and fisheries, (2) govern inland fish and fisheries to satisfy multiple use and conservation objectives, and (3) ensure productive inland fisheries given nonfishing sector externalities. Addressing these grand challenges will help the broader community understand the diverse values of inland fish and fisheries, promot e open forums for engagement of diverse stakeholders in fisheries management, and better integrate the inland fish sector into the greater water and land use policy process.


Lynch, A. J., Cooke, S. J., Beard, T. D., Kao, Y., Lorenzen, K., Song, A. M., …Youn, S. (2017). Grand Challenges in the Management and Conservation of North American Inland Fishes and Fisheries. Fisheries, 42(2), 115-124.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 19, 2017
Publication Date Feb 1, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 29, 2018
Journal Fisheries
Print ISSN 0363-2415
Electronic ISSN 1548-8446
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 2
Pages 115-124
Keywords Aquatic Science; Nature and Landscape Conservation
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