One Hundred Pressing Questions on the Future of Global Fish Migration Science, Conservation, and Policy

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  • Author: J. Lennox, Robert

    Norwegian Research Center AS, Norway

  • Author: P. Paukert, Craig

    University of Missouri, United States

  • Author: Aarestrup, Kim

    Section for Freshwater Fisheries Ecology, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark, Vejlsøvej 39, 8600, Silkeborg, Denmark

  • Author: Auger-Méthé, Marie

    University of British Columbia, United States

  • Author: Baumgartner, Lee J.

    Charles Sturt University, Australia

  • Author: Birnie-Gauvin, Kim

    Section for Freshwater Fisheries Ecology, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark, Vejlsøvej 39, 8600, Silkeborg, Denmark

  • Author: Bøe, Kristin

    Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

  • Author: Brink, Kerry

    University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  • Author: Brownscombe, Jacob W.

    Carleton University, Canada

  • Author: Chen, Yushun

    Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  • Author: G. Davidsen, Jan

    NTNU University Museum, Norway

  • Author: J. Eliason, Erika

    University of California, United States

  • Author: Filous, Alexander

    University of Massachusetts, United States

  • Author: Gillanders, Bronwyn M.

    University of Adelaide, Australia

  • Author: Palm Helland, Ingeborg

    Norwegian Institute of Nature Research, , Norway

  • Author: Z. Horodysky, Andrij

    Hampton University, United States

  • Author: R. Januchowski-Hartley, Stephanie

    Swansea University, United Kingdom

  • Author: Lowerre-Barbieri, Susan K.

    University of Florida, United States

  • Author: C. Lucas, Martyn

    University of Durham, United Kingdom

  • Author: G. Martins, Eduardo

    University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

  • Author: J. Murchie, Karen

    John G. Shedd Aquarium, United States

  • Author: Pompeu, Paulo S.

    Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil

  • Author: Power, Michael

    University of Waterloo, Canada

  • Author: Raghavan, Rajeev

    Kerala University of Fisheries & Ocean Studies, India

  • Author: J. Rahel, Frank

    University of Wyoming, United States

  • Author: Secor, David

    University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, United States

  • Author: Thiem, Jason D.

    Narrandera Fisheries Centre, Australia

  • Author: B. Thorstad, Eva

    Norwegian Institute of Nature Research, , Norway

  • Author: Ueda, Hiroshi

    Hokkaido University, Japan

  • Author: Whoriskey, Frederick G.

    Dalhousie University, Canada

  • Author: J. Cooke, Steven

    Dalhousie University, Canada

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Migration is a widespread but highly diverse component of many animal life histories. Fish migrate throughout the world's oceans, within lakes and rivers, and between the two realms, transporting matter, energy, and other species (e.g., microbes) across boundaries. Migration is therefore a process responsible for myriad ecosystem services. Many human populations depend on the presence of predictable migrations of fish for their subsistence and livelihoods. Although much research has focused on fish migration, many questions remain in our rapidly changing world. We assembled a diverse team of fundamental and applied scientists who study fish migrations in marine and freshwater environments to identify pressing unanswered questions. Our exercise revealed questions within themes related to understanding the migrating individual's internal state, navigational mechanisms, locomotor capabilities, external drivers of migration, the threats confronting migratory fish including climate change, and the role of migration. In addition, we identified key requirements for aquatic animal management, restoration, policy, and governance. Lessons revealed included the difficulties in generalizing among species and populations, and in understanding the levels of connectivity facilitated by migrating fishes. We conclude by identifying priority research needed for assuring a sustainable future for migratory fishes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number286
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Publication statusPublished - 2019
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: No match on DOI

    Research areas

  • Ecosystem services, Ichthyology, Habitat connectivity, Partial migration, Conservation, Ecology

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