William W. Taylor

William W. Taylor
Michigan State University | MSU · Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

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Publications (220)
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Ecosystem services of fish and fisheries: Social, cultural, and economic perspective Part 1 - North and South America. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society Volume 25, Issue 1 January 1, 2022
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(read-only version: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/share/author/5KWZUPEPKC4RUVWP2YCS?target=10.1002/fsh.10695) The Ten Steps to Responsible Inland Fisheries are global recommendations to address the subordinate position of inland fisheries in sustainability dialogues. Regional and local perspectives are essential for implementing global initiativ...
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Hydropower production is one of the greatest threats to fluvial ecosystems and freshwater biodiversity. Now that we have entered the Anthropocene, there is an opportunity to reflect on what might constitute a ‘sustainable’ Anthropocene in the context of hydropower and riverine fish populations. Considering elements of existing practices that promot...
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Inland fisheries make substantial contributions to food security and livelihoods locally, regionally, and globally but their conservation and management have been largely overlooked by policy makers. In an effort to remedy this limited recognition, a cross-sectoral community of scientists, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world conv...
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The COVID-19 global pandemic and resulting effects on the economy and society (e.g., sheltering-in-place, alterations in transportation, changes in consumer behaviour, loss of employment) have yielded some benefits and risks to biodiversity. Here, we considered the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced (or may influence) freshwater fish biodive...
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Aquatic science and fisheries degree granting institutions prepare graduates for science, policy, management, and Extension positions across the nation. Increasingly, new graduates are asked to translate their research for diverse audiences but often have received little preparation about outreach, engagement, or science communications during their...
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Human health and livelihoods are threatened by declining marine fisheries catches, causing substantial interest in the sources and dynamics of fishing. Catch analyses in individual exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and the high seas are abundant, and research across multiple EEZs is growing. However, no previous studies have systematically compared c...
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Aldo Leopold, famous ecologist and “father” of North American wildlife management, once said, “These are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land.” Ever prescient, Leopold recognized that natural resource management is fundamentally about humans and their relationship with nature well bef...
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Stream salmonid fisheries are ecologically and socioeconomically important at local to global scales throughout the world. Although these fisheries are interacting systems of biota, habitats, and humans, systematic social-ecological integration across space and time is scarce. However, theoretical and methodological advancements in the study of cou...
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(Soon available, currently in Early View: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/eff.12525) Understanding how changes in stream temperature affect survival and growth of coldwater fishes, including brown trout (Salmo trutta) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), is important for conserving coldwater stream fisheries in a changing clima...
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Inland capture fisheries provide food for nearly a billion people and are important in the livelihoods of millions of households worldwide. Although there are limitations to evaluating many of the contributions made by inland capture fisheries, there is growing recognition by the international community that these services make critical contributio...
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Governance of fish, fisheries, and freshwater resources encompasses both ecological and human well-being. Nevertheless, achieving both is challenging because of the diverse sectors competing for finite resources. This challenge is not related to a lack of understanding of what contributes to effective governance, but rather is due to the tendency t...
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Fisheries are coupled human and natural systems across space and time, involving movements of fish, money, and information in a globalized world. However, these social-ecological interactions over local to global scales are largely absent from the fisheries literature, as fisheries research to date has often been discipline- and location-specific....
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One of the mandated charges to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) is to facilitate the coordination of Great Lakes fishery management across jurisdictions. To do this, the GLFC organized annual lake committee meetings among Great Lake fishery professionals since 1964. Our objective was to describe the role of the GLFC in facilitating communi...
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Fisheries productivity in the Laurentian Great Lakes has changed dramatically over the past century. Invasions of non-native species and anthropogenically induced environmental changes in habitat quality and quantity have significantly altered the species composition and abundance of Great Lakes fishes, thereby affecting the social and economic wel...
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View article at: https://rdcu.be/bGFLZ. PDF available upon request. Conserving coldwater stream ecosystems in a warming world requires understanding how water temperature changes will affect the sustainability of coldwater fish populations such as brook charr (Salvelinus fontinalis). To date, many models for predicting stream temperature have eit...
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The connecting channels linking the Laurentian Great Lakes provide important migration routes, spawning grounds, and nursery habitat for fish, but their role as conduits between lakes for zooplankton is less understood. To address this knowledge gap in the St. Clair–Detroit River System (SCDRS), a comprehensive survey of crustacean zooplankton was...
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In the 1970s and 80s, natural resource professionals recognized that historical management approaches, such as those based on single‐species maximum sustainable yield targets, were ineffective in mitigating cumulative environmental and fishing degradation (e.g., eutrophication and overexploitation) in the Great Lakes basin. In order to achieve grea...
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Ichthyoplankton communities are dynamic and vary spatiotemporally based on factors such as wind, water currents, and phenology. Nonetheless, ichthyoplankton are an indicator of spawning success in fish populations and examining their community diversity and composition can serve to provide information on ecosystem integrity. Although some ichthyopl...
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In the 12 years since Dudgeon et al. (2006) reviewed major pressures on freshwater ecosystems, the biodiversity crisis in the world's lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams and wetlands has deepened. While lakes, reservoirs and rivers cover only 2.3% of the Earth's surface, these ecosystems host at least 9.5% of the Earth's described animal species. Fu...
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We present the first high resolution (1:20,000) river centerlines shapefiles from 50 large rivers across the world. Rivers were selected based on the criteria of having more than 1000 km length and which have been reported to have a significant contribution to global fishery production. Since large rivers often span multiple countries, the degree o...
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Macrophyte removal by lakefront property owners occurs on glacial lakes throughout the range of Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides, yet little information exists on how it affects recruitment of these fish populations. We hypothesized that with greater prey availability in macrophytes, age‐0 Largemouth Bass consumption and growth would increase....
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Fisheries are coupled human and natural systems (CHANS) across distant places, yet fisheries research has generally focused on better understanding either fisheries ecology or human dimensions in a specific place, rather than their interactions over distances. As economic and ideational globalization accelerate, fisheries are becoming more globally...
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Diadromous species historically dominated the freshwater fish community in coastal Northeast United States rivers. As these fishes declined in concert with sweeping alterations to the region's waterscapes, so too did their utility, visibility, and relevance to each passing human generation. Due to their historically iconic status, we used Endangere...
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Lakes provide valuable ecosystem services such as food, drinking water, and recreation, but shoreline development can degrade riparian habitats and lake ecosystems. Easement contracts for specific property rights can encourage conservation practices for enhanced water quality, fish habitat, and wildlife habitat, yet little is known about the easeme...
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Background: Although surface freshwater comprises < 0.01% of the total water volume of earth, freshwater inland capture fisheries and aquaculture represent 40% of the global reported finfish harvest. While the social, economic, and ecological importance of inland fish and fisheries is difficult to overstate, they are often undervalued and underappr...
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What do telephones, televisions, and telescopes have in common? They are devices for transmitting sounds or images over distances. In much the same way, a new scientific paradigm – the telecoupling framework – enables simultaneous assessment of socioeconomic and environmental interactions among local and distant locations. The framework is revoluti...
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Freshwater ecosystems provide numerous services for communities worldwide, including irrigation, hydropower, and municipal water; however, the services provided by inland fisheries - nourishment, employment, and recreational opportunities - are often comparatively undervalued. We provide an independent estimate of global lake harvest to improve bio...
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Global climate change is predicted to increase air and stream temperatures and alter thermal habitat suitability for growth and survival of coldwater fishes, including brook charr (Salvelinus fontinalis), brown trout (Salmo trutta), and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). In a changing climate, accurate stream temperature modeling is increasingly...
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Janice Lee Fenske is regarded as one of the finest fisheries biologists ever employed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Jan was Michigan’s first female fisheries biologist, serving for 27 years in a variety of professional roles. Her unwavering passion for the environment and compassion for her friends and colleagues stand as...
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Even with long-standing management and extensive science support, North American inland fish and fisheries still face many conservation and management challenges. We used a grand challenges approach to identify critical roadblocks that if removed would help solve important problems in the management and long-term conservation of North American inla...
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Decision support tools can aid decision making by systematically incorporating information, accounting for uncertainties, and facilitating evaluation between alternatives. Without user buy-in, however, decision support tools can fail to influence decision-making processes. We surveyed fishery researchers, managers, and fishers affiliated with the L...
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Lake trout refuges in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior are analogous to the concept of marine protected areas. These refuges, established specifically for lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) and closed to most forms of recreational and commercial fishing, were implicated as one of several management actions leading to successful rehabilita...
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Depths and temperatures recorded during 2003–2005 by archival tags implanted in Lake Whitefish Coregonus clupeaformis and in Great Lakes origin (GLO) and New York Finger Lakes origin (FLO) strains of Lake Trout Salvelinus namaycush were used to compare seasonal diel depth and temperature distributions in Lake Huron. Seasonal depth distributions wer...
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Approaches to managing inland fisheries vary between systems and regions but are often based on large-scale marine fisheries principles and thus limited and outdated. Rarely do they adopt holistic approaches that consider the complex interplay among humans, fish, and the environment. We argue that there is an urgent need for a shift in inland fishe...
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At present, inland fisheries are not often a national or regional governance priority and as a result, inland capture fisheries are undervalued and largely overlooked. As such they are threatened in both developing and developed countries. Indeed, due to lack of reliable data, inland fisheries have never been part of any high profile global fisheri...
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Though reported capture fisheries are dominated by marine production, inland fish and fisheries make substantial contributions to meeting the challenges faced by individuals, society, and the environment in a changing global landscape.Inland capture fisheries and aquaculture contribute over 40% to the world’s reported finfish production from less t...
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The sustainability of freshwater fisheries is increasingly affected by climate warming, habitat alteration, invasive species, and other drivers of global change. The State of Michigan, USA, contains ecologically, socioeconomically valuable coldwater stream salmonid fisheries that are highly susceptible to these ecological alterations. Thus, there i...
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Freshwater fisheries are increasingly affected by climate change, habitat alteration, invasive species, and other drivers of global change, creating a need for resilience-based conservation. The state of Michigan, USA, contains ecologically and economically valuable stream salmonid fisheries that are increasingly susceptible to global change. As su...
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The relationship between autotrophic activity and freshwater fish populations is an important consideration for ecologists describing trophic structure in aquatic communities, fisheries managers tasked with increasing sustainable fisheries development, and fish farmers seeking to maximize production. Previous studies of the empirical relationships...
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Large-scale environmental impacts, such as those of climate change on fisheries, require policy and management action not only at the local level, but at regional, national and international levels. Fisheries biology and ecology, along with social, political and economic considerations, can influence policy design and implementation. Decision-suppo...
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Inland fish and fisheries play important roles in ensuring global food security. They provide a crucial source of animal protein and essential micronutrients for local communities, especially in the developing world. Data concerning fisheries production and consumption of freshwater fish are generally inadequately assessed, often leading decision m...
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Although inland and marine environments, their fisheries, fishery managers, and the realm-specific management approaches are often different, there are a surprising number of similarities that frequently go unrecognized. We contend that there is much to be gained by greater cross-fertilization and exchange of ideas and strategies between realms and...
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Over our lifetimes, we have found that society is composed of individuals that have unique skills and differing value systems. At first we struggled with trying to embrace all this diversity. We had been taught that there were only certain ways to be a professional and had developed in our mind the ideal prototypic fishery scientist, and for that m...
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Over the past century, lake whitefish recruitment has been highly variable due to changes in climate, food resources, and population abundance. To evaluate how variability in year-class formation at age-0 relates to future recruitment of whitefish, we studied the observed recruitment of adults (individuals ≥ 432mm length) from the 2005 and 2006 yea...
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When William (Bill) Taylor began his career as a scientist, he saw that his biological knowledge was not making the difference he wished to make in how society regarded fish and their sustainability. Realizing that he needed to integrate human and natural systems in order to get fish into the societal mindset, Bill spent his career working with sci...
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The National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) promotes conservation of fish habitats throughout the United States. Supporting NFHP’s mission, we conducted a national assessment of river habitats in 2010 and are completing a refined assessment for 2015. Various data have been compiled to a common spatial framework for this effort, and examples of dis...
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Inland fish and fisheries play an important role in ensuring food security throughout the world. Freshwater fish production is especially important in the developing world, where they provide a critical source of animal protein and essential micronutrients for local communities. While inland fisheries production is generally thought to be increasin...
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Lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) is an ecologically, culturally, and economically important species in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Lake Whitefish have been a staple food source for thousands of years and, since 1980, have supported the most economically valuable (annual catch value ≈ US$16.6 million) and productive (annual harvest ≈ 15 milli...
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Learn the “what I know now that I wish I knew then!” lessons now rather than later! Future of Fisheries: Perspectives for Emerging Professionals contains more than 70 short mentoring vignettes on past experiences and visions for the future authored by many notable mentors from the fisheries field. The volume is intended to inspire and empower the n...
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Rainbow Smelt Osmerus mordax are native to northeastern Atlantic and Pacific–Arctic drainages and have been widely introduced throughout North America. In the Great Lakes region, Rainbow Smelt are known predators and competitors of native fish and a primary prey species in pelagic food webs. Despite their widespread distribution, importance as a pr...
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Within their native U.S. range, brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) are valued for the recreational opportunities they provide, for their socioeconomic benefits to local communities, and for their utility as an indicator of environmental health. For brook trout, stream temperatures within their viable thermal range are vital to ensuring their survi...
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Fisheries biologists often require information about specific fish or groups of fish, which makes marking fish for future identification an essential tool. We tested two novel marking techniques for naturally-reproduced Largemouth Bass during early life-history stages: transgenerational and barium osmosis marking. For transgenerational marking, adu...
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There is a long history in fisheries management and ecology exploring the relationships between the primary production of lakes and the productivity of their fisheries. Managers have developed empirical relationships to predict optimal fisheries harvests and guide policy. Ecologists have collected data on nutrients, phytoplankton, and primary and s...