Hatchery programs have long been pursued for fisheries enhancement and conservation and are receiving renewed attention in the context of adaptation to global environmental change. While some hatchery programs bolster fisheries management and conservation goals, others are ineffective, damaging, or go unevaluated. Additionally, the objectives of some hatchery programs are unclear, or only articulate biological or ecological outcomes even when social objectives are also important to hatchery practitioners. Therefore, adaptive management of hatchery programs, including engagement with and toward practitioner communities, and reform of programs found to be ineffective or problematic is crucial. Rapid advances in scientific understanding and availability of powerful planning and assessment tools put such approaches within reach, but their practical implementation has proved extraordinarily challenging due to complex social, economic and governance issues. This session aims to explore challenges and opportunities for adaptive management and reform of hatchery programs from ecological, technical, social and governance angles.

Supported by:

  • University of Florida
  • Oregon State University


  • Kai Lorenzen, University of Florida, [email protected]
  • Hannah Harrison, Dalhousie University
  • Seth White, Oregon Hatchery Research Center/Oregon State University
  • Edward Camp, University Of Florida