The 9th International Charr Symposium will be held June 18th-21st at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Centre in Duluth, MN. Charr, or Char, is a term often used to refer to fish of the genus Salvelinus. These are fish native to Lake Superior and many other cold fresh water lakes around the world. They are often the top predator but have struggled due to changing climate and invasive species.
The symposium gathers scientists interested and involved in charr biology. The conference has been held at various northern locations around the globe since first being established in Winnipeg in 1981. This year the Charr Symposium will be held on the shore of Lake Superior, home to the Brook charr (aka brook trout) and Lake Char (aka Lake trout) for which conservation efforts have recently culminated in a major success story.
Organizers hope to publish proceedings from the symposium in a special issue of Hydrobiologia, the international journal of aquatic sciences (impact factor 2.051) and to use information from some of the sessions in a book on lake charr.