Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Idaho Chapter
American Fisheries Society
2021 Annual Meeting

2021 ICAFS Plenary Session
Aquaculture in Idaho: Putting Fish in Fisheries

2021 Plenary Abstracts

In 2020, the American Fisheries Society celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding as a fish culturists association. The AFS quickly grew to incorporate many more aspects of fisheries, broadening the scope of its members. Now, we have the opportunity to acknowledge the roots of AFS and showcase aquaculture's contributions to fisheries science and management. The ICAFS 2021 plenary will be an over view of aquaculture in the United States with talks about how aquaculture in Idaho has contributed to commerce, to fisheries, to conservation, and to science. Our five speakers are eminent everywhere and now you can see them from anywhere!

Presenting A Star Studded Plenary Speaker List Providing Insight into Idaho Aquaculture!


Jesse Trushenski

Jesse Trushenski

Dr. Jesse Trushenski is a fisheries scientist with specific interests in conservation and commercial aquaculture. She is the Chief Science Officer and Vice President for Animal Welfare for Riverence, the largest producer of farmed Rainbow Trout and Steelhead in the Americas with operations based in Washington and Idaho. Riverence also produces premium Rainbow Trout genetics and is the only commercial supplier of Atlantic Salmon and Coho Salmon eggs located in the USA. Jesse manages Riverence's R&D portfolio and provides executive-level science leadership across the company's operations. In short, she is responsible for helping Riverence find better ways to put fish on the table-to produce a better fish, to raise it sustainably and ethically, and to put wholesome seafood within everyone's reach. 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. 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. 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 the immediate Past-President of the American Fisheries Society. [See Jesse's article on North American aquaculture in the September 2020 issue of Fisheries magazine -Editor.]

Gary Fornshell

Gary Fornshell

Gary Fornshell is a retired University of Idaho Extension Aquaculture Educator with 28 years of extension experience, devoted primarily to the production of trout in flow-through aquaculture production systems. Prior to his career with the University of Idaho, he managed the Mississippi State University aquaculture research facility in Starkville, received a Master of Aquaculture degree from Auburn University and was a Peace Corps volunteer. With more than 37 years of aquaculture experience, Gary has worked with trout, sturgeon, tilapia, catfish, burbot, hybrid striped bass, Asian carp, freshwater shrimp and crawfish and with flow-through, pond and RAS production systems. Fornshell is known for his work related to aquaculture discharge permitting, best management practices for improved effluent water quality, coldwater aquaculture course, and seafood education. Fornshell served as past-President of the U.S. Trout Farmers Association and past-President of the U.S. Aquaculture Society, served on the Board of Directors, Western Regional Aquaculture Center and currently serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors, U.S. Trout Farmers Association. He has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Aquaculture Society, Clark and Mimi White Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Trout Farmers Association, Ugliest Trout Farmer Award from the USTFA, Golden Sturgeon Award from the Idaho Aquaculture Association and University of Idaho Faculty Outreach in Excellence Award.

Jim Fredericks

Jim Fredericks

Jim Fredericks was raised in northern Idaho where he grew up engaged in a range of outdoor pursuits. He earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Idaho in 1988 and worked in a psychiatric hospital in Maine long enough to know he needed a change in direction. He returned to the UI, earned an M.S. 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. He returned to the Panhandle as a Regional Fishery Manager in 2008, and then in 2015 he moved to Boise to become the Chief of the Fisheries, where he is now engaged in "all things fisheries" in Idaho. Jim has been actively involved with (and very appreciative of) the American Fisheries Society since graduate school. He served as President of the Idaho Chapter from 2008 to 2010, and is currently the President of the Fisheries Administration Section.

Sue Ireland

Sue Ireland

Sue Ireland received her undergraduate degree from University of Idaho and her M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University. She has had the honor of working for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho since 1996 as their Fish and Wildlife Department Director. She is involved in the restoration of the endangered Kootenai River White Sturgeon, Burbot, and other native fish and wildlife populations and their habitats in the Kootenai drainage, a unique transboundary subbasin.

Ken Cain

Ken Cain

Ken Cain completed BS and MS degrees in Fish and Wildlife Resources from Michigan State University and a PhD in Fish Immunology from Washington State University. He gained hands on experience working in both the public and private sector, and his first aquaculture job was at the McCall Fish Hatchery in 1988. Ken began a career at the University of Idaho in 1999 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences (FWS) and served as the Associate Director of the Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) from 2002-2020. He is currently a Full Professor. Ken's areas of expertise include Fish Health and Disease Management as well as Aquaculture Development. Ken teaches courses in Fish Health Management, Aquaculture, and Wild/Hatchery Fish Interactions. In the past 20 years his lab has become widely recognized with a core program focused on Fish Immunology and Vaccine development. Ken's lab conducts research linked to integrating fish nutrition and fish health with an emphasis on sustainable aquaculture practices. Work in the area of Aquaculture Development has led to a broadly successful program focused on burbot: an emerging aquaculture species. The burbot aquaculture program began as a multiagency conservation effort involving the UI-ARI, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, British Columbia Ministry of the Environment, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and various other agencies. This research set the stage for a successful conservation program, and re-stocking efforts have contributed to burbot recovery and fisheries enhancement in the Kootenai River. Ken says, "I see aquaculture research as an essential tool that can help solve many of the challenges that fisheries professionals face. I also feel that as scientists and professionals we are all ultimately working toward a common goal of conserving wild fisheries while attempting to meet the vast societal demands placed on our fisheries resources."