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Brief History of Fisheries Management Topic of AMK Ranch Talk Thursday

June 18, 2012

Throughout history, has fishing ever been good? That question will be answered during the weekly summer lecture series Thursday, June 21, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Frank Rahel, University of Wyoming Department of Zoology and Physiology professor, will discuss “Fishing isn’t as Good as it Used to Be -- and it Never Was,” at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

“We tend to think that things were better in the ‘good old days.’ However, anglers have been complaining about depleted fish populations since the 1800s,” Rahel says.

He will explore the history of fisheries management through the stages of fish culture, harvest regulations, habitat improvement and ecosystem management. Rahel also will discuss current environmental issues, such as invasive species and global climate change, that go beyond the challenge of shortening the time between bites.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area.

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