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The 4th Mississippi-Yangtze River Basins Symposium
October 15, 2018 - October 20, 2018
The Mississippi and Yangtze (Changjiang) River Basins, the largest basins of North America and Asia, serve as the principal navigational waterways and main water sources, and play important economic, social, cultural, and ecological roles in the two continents. Maintaining sustainable fishery resources, biodiversity and ecosystem health are extremely important for achieving sustainability in the two basins. This symposium was developed after the first Mississippi-Yangtze River Basin Symposium (MYRIBS) at Little Rock, Arkansas, USA during the 143rd American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in September 2013, the 2nd MYRIBS in 2015 at Wuhan, China, and the 3rd MYRIBS in 2016 at Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The 4th MYRIBS will be in Chongqing, the upper Yangtze in southwest China. We also encourage papers from other large river or lake basins or related areas in China, US, and beyond. Presentations and discussions will focus on: (1) biology and management of special fish species (e.g., Asian carps, sturgeons); (2) fishery and aquatic resources and biodiversity in upper, middle, and lower basins; and (3) Habitat, river, lake and watershed restorations. This symposium will include a 2-day oral presentation session and a 3-day facility and field tour. Symposium attendees will be provided with the opportunity to evaluate approaches and techniques for transferability within and between the two basins. This symposium will continue serving as a platform for the long-term plan of international scientific program consisting of collaborative studies, visiting scholars, and information exchange between the United States and China through the collaborations between AFS and China Society of Fisheries.