Making freshwater fish competitive as the world changes

Inland fishing – the powerful yet quieter sister to the large, salty marine aquaculture powerhouse – is gaining what experts say is a much-needed visibility boost. At the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, members of University Distinguished Professor Bill Taylor's group are looking at how fish habitat and fish production are directly linked to human systems locally and globally. From the Great Lakes to the Nile River, they’re studying global change issues such as climate, evaluation of governance, policies on the impact of fish community dynamics and sustainability.

"Fish always have been representative of how well humans are doing with their environment," Taylor said. "It's time for us to make a move and speak for the fish to have them valued along with power, commercial, agriculture and other competition for water."