Reducing the Gap Between Science and Public Opinion

The symposium plenary session will explore the gap between fisheries science and the opinions of the angling public. While public opinion is often based on knowledge of the latest fisheries science, that is not always the case, placing management decisions in the gap between science and the desires of anglers. The plenary speakers will discuss ways to reduce that gap, from scientific, management, and conservation perspectives.

Our plenary speakers:

Jesse Trushenski

Jesse Trushenski

Jesse is the Director of Science for Riverence Holdings, the parent organization for Riverence Farms (the largest producer of farmed trout and steelhead in the USA, located in Idaho) and its sister company, Riverence Brood (a salmonid breeding company based in Washington). In this role, she provides science leadership and research project management support for Riverence's various aquaculture-related endeavors. Before joining the private sector, Jesse was an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University, and Fish Pathologist Supervisor for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Whether it's fish nutrition, physiology, or health, Jesse has always been driven by the practical applications of science, going from data to information and information to action. Jesse has also fulfilled numerous leadership roles within the fisheries and aquaculture communities. She has chaired or served on multiple advisory panels and other committees addressing aquaculture research, regulation, and policy on a national scale, and is currently the immediate Past-President of the American Fisheries Society.


Jim Fredericks

Jim Fredericks

Jim was raised in northern Idaho where he grew up engaged in a range of outdoor pursuits. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1988 and worked in a psychiatric hospital in Maine long enough to know he needed a change in direction. He returned to the University of Idaho, earned a Master's degree in Fishery Resources, and joined the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in 1994. As a biologist, he worked on a variety of species and waters in the Idaho Panhandle until 2001, when he became a Regional Fishery Manager in eastern Idaho. There, he was able to manage some of the world's most famous trout fisheries, including the Henry's Fork, Henry's Lake and South Fork Snake River. In 2008 he returned to the Panhandle as a Regional Fishery Manager. In 2015 he moved to Boise to become the Chief of the Fisheries bureau, where he is now engaged in "all things fisheries" in Idaho.


Randall Williams

Randall Williams

A native Midwesterner, Randall grew up outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, and received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Montana, where his research explored the evolving significance of hunting in twentieth-century American politics and culture. Randall Williams joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as the Western Communications Manager in April 2018. Prior to this, he worked as an editor for Montana The Magazine of Western History and the Montana Historical Society Press, and as a fishing guide in Alaska. He lives in Missoula with his wife Sydney and loves to hunt, fish, camp, hike, and otherwise explore the public lands of the West-usually accompanied by two poorly trained Labrador retrievers, Arlo and Rosie.



For additional information and inquiries - Contact the Program Committee Co-chairs below

Dave Kazyak
U.S. Geological Survey Leetown Science Center Aquatic Ecology Branch
(304) 724-4577
Email: program@wildtroutsymposium.com

Rob Van Kirk
Henry's Fork Foundation
(208) 652-3567
Email: program@wildtroutsymposium.com