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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 18:43:03 -0800 (PST)
From: Charles Lesueur <c_lesueur at yahoo_com>
To: Mailing List <nfc at actwin_com>
Subject: THE FIRST NORTH AMERICAN WORKSHOP ON RAINBOW SMELT

The rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax) is a fish species that is found in numerous rivers and lakes in eastern North America as either anadromous or landlocked populations. Its great fecundity and relative abundance allows it to support both commercial and sport fisheries. The population dynamics of this forage fish can in  itself  greatly influence the whole ecosystem. It is in effect an important element in the diet of many species of sport fish, as well as marine mammals. Moreover the rainbow smelt is of great interest for fundamental research because of  its life cycle, its migrations, its capacity for adaptation, and its circumpolar distribution. In spite of all this many of the studies and work done on this species still remain little known and unpublished  forgotten on dusty shelves in someones office.

The  pooling and diffusion of this knowledge could definitely contribute to better understanding  and appreciating not only the significance of ongoing studies and fundamental research but  also could give more insight, based on a greater understanding of population dynamics, into the pertinence of present day management policies.

In order to provide the opportunity and the forum necessary to permit the exchange of ideas and opinions between those people interested in learning more on the rainbow smelt and willing to share their own experiences we are proposing to convene, in Quebec city, the first North American workshop on rainbow smelt.

The event will be February 21 to 23 1999, actually most of the program is prepared (attached file). We have already more than 60 positives answers and the scientific level is quite interesting. Simultaneous traduction will be provided.

In order to help us organize this workshop, You may:

	express your interest in participating at this workshop;
	give us your opinions, commentaries and suggestions;
	get in touch with other collegues who might be interested;

The workshop is shedule to be a two days event (21-23 february 1999) at the clarendon Hotel, consisting in four half day with each one containing a bloc of pesentations (for example 20 minutes) followed by an open exchange period.  Inscription fees will be 50$ can. that will be used mainly to produce a written resume of the worshop.  Following your answer, we will contact you to give you more information about the event.

Friendly yours,


Organizing Committee of North American Workshop on Rainbow Smelt

Julian J. Dodson / Frederic Lecomte	LAVAL UNIVERSITY

Guy Trencia / Pierre Berube	Quebec Ministry of Environment
	and Wildlife
Luc Bouchard / Charles Lesueur	Lac St.Jean Ecology Center

ADDRESS ALL INQUIRIES TO

Frederic Lecomte
G.I.R.O.Q.
University Laval
Quebec, Canada
G1K 7P4
Tel: 1-418-656-2131 #8022
Fax: 1-418-656-2339
E-mail: frederic.lecomte at giroq_ulaval.ca






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