SD7 – Fish, the Forgotten Food Source, in Food-Water-Energy Nexus

Freshwater is a shared resource. Many sectors rely upon water and increasingly, the limited availability of water leads to tough decisions. While inland fish, fisheries, and aquaculture play important roles in providing food, and economic security, human well-being, and cultural attachment, they are often not accounted for when decisions about when other economically and socially important sectors, such as hydropower and agriculture are made. This session will examine how fish embody the food-water-energy nexus and will discuss recommendations for integrated water management. Sustainable management of multi-use waterways requires informed choices emphasizing the services that will provide sustainable benefits for humans while maintaining well-functioning ecological systems. Identifying, assessing, and evaluating tradeoffs between inland fisheries and other freshwater resource users will be crucial for making informed decisions.


Abigail Lynch, Research Fisheries Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey and T. Douglas Beard, Director, National Climate Change and Wildlife Center, U.S. Geological Survey


  • Fred Binkowski, Senior Scientist and Director, Great Lakes Aquaculture Center, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Babtist ʺPaulʺ Lumley, Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
  • Roger Martini, Senior Fisheries Policy Analyst, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED)

Abigail Lynch is a research fisheries biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. She is working on a number of large-scale projects examining the impacts of climate change on fish using remotely-sensed data to model and estimate changing dynamics. She served as a conference organizer and facilitator for the drivers and synergies theme at the Global Inland Fisheries Conference held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations headquarters in Rome, Italy. (703-648-4097;

Douglas Beard is the Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and oversees the eight regional Department of Interior Climate Science Centers which collaborate with universities and other partners to provide unbiased scientific data and tools that contribute to an understanding of the widespread impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and people. Doug is also the President of the World Council of Fisheries Societies. (703-648-4215;

Fred Binkowski’s professional interests over the last 30 years include Great Lakes fisheries biology with a research focus on early life stage biology, behavior, reproduction, and nutrition. Presently, his research and outreach effort is being directed at aquaculture in the areas of recirculating system technology, broodstock development, out-of-cycle spawning and Intensive Aquaculture Technology. Recent focus has been to examine the application of some of these elements in the area of urban aquaculture with the primary focus being on aquaponics, or “fin fish and plant culture.” Urban aquaculture and aquaponics represent a catalyst for establishing new businesses and creating jobs in Wisconsin. (414-382-1723;

Babtist ʺPaulʺ Lumley, a citizen of the Yakama Nation, has an extensive history working with Northwest Tribes on salmon issues, particularly in the Columbia River Basin. He spent 17 years with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) working on biological issues relating to U.S. v. Oregon and the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act. Mr. Lumley has a wide-ranging background on issues that directly impact American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Mr. Lumley has worked directly with tribal governments, tribal consortia, virtually all federal agencies impacting Indian Country, and Native American national and regional organizations throughout his professional career. (503-731-1295)

Roger Martini is the Senior Fisheries Policy Analyst for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which collects data and carries out analysis on policies in fisheries and aquaculture, with the objective of identifying policies that can bring sustainable growth to the sector and effectively achieve government objectives. Roger focuses in particular on determining the impact of fisheries support programmes and how these interact with management systems. The OECD has also emphasised recently work on policy coherence for development in fisheries in the context of Africa and Southeast Asia, where dependency on fisheries and aquaculture for food and jobs is particularly acute. (


  • Abigail Lynch, Research Fisheries Biologist, United States Geological Survey
  • T. Douglas Beard, Chief, National Climate Chance Wildlife Science Center – United States Geological Survey

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