American Fisheries Society

American Fisheries Society Founded 1870, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information, serving a community of 8,000 fisheries professionals worldwide.

The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. La mission de la Société américaine des pêches est d’améliorer la conservation et le développement durable des ressources halieutiques et des écosystèmes aquatiques en faisant avancer les sciences halieutiques et aquatiques et en favorisant le développement des professionnels des pêches. La misión de la Sociedad Americana de Pesquerías es mejorar la conservación y el mantenimiento de los recursos de pesca y de los ecosistemas acuáticos por medio del avance de las ciencias acuáticas y relacionadas con la pesca y del desarrollo de profesionales en la materia. هدف الجمعية السمكية الامريكية هو المحافظة عاﻰ الموارد السمكية و المائية و البيئية و ادامتها عن طريق التقدم العلمي ومن خلال تطوير علماء الاسماك ومدراء الثروة السمكية. Миссия Американского Рыбохозяйственного Общества состоит в обеспечении сохранения и поддержании стабильности рыболовных ресурсов и водных экосистем путем продвижения рыбохозяйственных и водных наук и поддержки профессиональной деятельности в области рыбного хозяйства.

Mission: The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

11/12/2020
Larval Razorback Sucker light trap

In a new Featured Paper (free access) in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management: Warner College of Natural Resources researchers tested light traps used to capture spring larvae of endangered Razorback Sucker, providing information that can be used to trigger flood flow releases from Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Green River, Utah, to increase survival of early life stages. Factors Influencing Capture and Retention of Razorback Sucker in Light Traps, by Catherine M. de Vlaming and Kevin R. Bestgen: https://doi.org/10.1002/nafm.10491. Video credit: Catherine Adams.

150 fish for 150 years - 45/150: Pacific Electric Rays have their own way of generating electricity - up to 45 volts of ...
11/11/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 45/150: Pacific Electric Rays have their own way of generating electricity - up to 45 volts of it. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

150 fish for 150 years - 45/150: Pacific Electric Rays have their own way of generating electricity - up to 45 volts of ...
11/10/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 45/150: Pacific Electric Rays have their own way of generating electricity - up to 45 volts of it. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

AFS is launching exciting enhancements to institutional membership in 2021 with our brand new Strategic Partners program...
11/05/2020
Strategic Partners | American Fisheries Society

AFS is launching exciting enhancements to institutional membership in 2021 with our brand new Strategic Partners program. Beginning next year, this program will replace the existing institutional membership structure and allow your company or organization to select and enjoy expanded benefits and discounts, not available under the previous membership structure. Join us for a short webinar on Friday, November 6, at 1 pm EST, or visit the website for more information.

Strategic Partners Strategic Partners Program For organizations closely linked to AFS to be engaged in the programming and mission of AFS. To sign up for the Strategic Partners Program, the application form can be found here. Purpose Strengthen the existing institutional membership offerings by allo...

New Featured Paper (free access) in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management: Steelhead (anadromous Rainbow Tr...
11/04/2020

New Featured Paper (free access) in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management: Steelhead (anadromous Rainbow Trout) exhibit the most complex life history of any salmonid species. Due to their complex nature and spring spawn timing, long-term data of juvenile and adult steelhead are difficult to obtain. This study provided the unique opportunity to characterize naturally occurring diversity and trends of abundance and productivity of a wild inland steelhead population in Fish Creek, a relatively pristine watershed in Idaho. Understanding Life History Diversity of a Wild Steelhead Population and Managing for Resiliency, by Marika E. Dobos, Brett J. Bowersox, Timothy Copeland, and Eric J. Stark: https://doi.org/10.1002/nafm.10497. Photo by Ron Roberts.

150 fish for 150 years - 44/150: The most distinguishing characteristic of the Suwannee Bass is its turquoise blue color...
11/01/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 44/150: The most distinguishing characteristic of the Suwannee Bass is its turquoise blue coloration. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

10/29/2020
AFS Monthly Webinars

Now that we're all becoming more comfortable with online presentations, consider sharing your expertise by hosting a fisheries webinar with AFS! Our monthly webinar series for fisheries professionals features topics including research studies, book previews, career skills, and more. AFS is currently soliciting webinar topics and speakers for late 2020 and early 2021 - submit your ideas here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexCNzkz-AqK17jEWCNvQ4yRpDpe_yp6qzl5u0N2eSEMvbTag/viewform?usp=sf_link.

150 fish for 150 years - 43/150: Slimy Sculpin can only live in cold, clean water. Learn more about 150 years of America...
10/28/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 43/150: Slimy Sculpin can only live in cold, clean water. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

In the latest issue of Fisheries: Micro‐Fishing as an Emerging Form of Recreational Angling; AFS Roots: James Alexander ...
10/26/2020

In the latest issue of Fisheries: Micro‐Fishing as an Emerging Form of Recreational Angling; AFS Roots: James Alexander Henshall, the Apostle of the Black Bass; Reproducible Visualization of Raw Fisheries Data; Mid‐ and High‐Engagement Programs to Develop Future Fisheries Management Professionals’ Skills; Sustainability Certification of Sardine and Anchovy Fisheries; and Anglers’ Views on Using Signs to Communicate Fish Consumption Advisories: https://afspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15488446/current

150 fish for 150 years - 42/150: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trouts possess a feisty willingness to eat a fly or lure. Learn mo...
10/25/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 42/150: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trouts possess a feisty willingness to eat a fly or lure. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

Vaccine efficacy in preventing clinical disease has been well characterized. However, vaccine impacts on transmission un...
10/22/2020

Vaccine efficacy in preventing clinical disease has been well characterized. However, vaccine impacts on transmission under diverse field conditions, such as variable pathogen exposure dosages, are not fully understood. In this new Featured Paper (free access) in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, Virginia Institute of Marine Science researchers evaluated the impacts of vaccination on disease‐induced host mortality and shedding of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (INHV) in Rainbow Trout: https://doi.org/10.1002/aah.10108

150 fish for 150 years - 41/150: The Rainbow Trout is one of the most iconic species in North America. Learn more about ...
10/21/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 41/150: The Rainbow Trout is one of the most iconic species in North America. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

150 fish for 150 years - 40/150: Ocean Sunfish produce more eggs than any other vertebrates, including land-dwelling one...
10/18/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 40/150: Ocean Sunfish produce more eggs than any other vertebrates, including land-dwelling ones. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

New Featured Paper (free access) in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management: Introduced Lake Trout threaten n...
10/16/2020

New Featured Paper (free access) in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management: Introduced Lake Trout threaten native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout in Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, where gill nets have been used to suppress subadult and adult Lake Trout since 1995. Inducing additional mortality at the embryonic and larval life history stages, especially if used in concert with intensive gillnetting of older fish, could enhance overall suppression efforts. Benthic Suffocation of Invasive Lake Trout Embryos by Fish Carcasses and Sedimentation in Yellowstone Lake, by Alex S. Poole, Todd M. Koel, Nathan A. Thomas, and Alexander V. Zale: https://doi.org/10.1002/nafm.10492. Photo credit: USFWS.

Are you someone who wants to (1) expand your science communication skills, (2) explore the impacts of climate change on ...
10/15/2020

Are you someone who wants to (1) expand your science communication skills, (2) explore the impacts of climate change on fish, and (3) develop ways to communicate these impacts? If you answered yes, apply to be an AFS Climate Change Ambassador! The application deadline has been extended until November 13. Learn more: https://climate.fisheries.org/climate-ambassadors-program/

150 fish for 150 years - 39/150: The Iowa Darter is most abundant in the natural lakes in Iowa. Learn more about 150 yea...
10/14/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 39/150: The Iowa Darter is most abundant in the natural lakes in Iowa. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

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10/13/2020

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150 fish for 150 years - 38/150: The Humpback Chub inhabits canyon-bound reaches of the Colorado River - it is found in ...
10/11/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 38/150: The Humpback Chub inhabits canyon-bound reaches of the Colorado River - it is found in no other river basin on Earth. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

150 fish for 150 years - 37/150: Freshwater Drum can say their own name by uttering a grunting sound through a set of sp...
10/07/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 37/150: Freshwater Drum can say their own name by uttering a grunting sound through a set of specialized muscles. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

The National Fish Habitat Partnership has partnered with Wildlife Forever to create the Fish Habitat Writing Award as pa...
10/05/2020

The National Fish Habitat Partnership has partnered with Wildlife Forever to create the Fish Habitat Writing Award as part of the annual State-Fish Art Contest to highlight the importance of protecting, restoring, and enhancing aquatic habitat. The Fish Habitat Writing Award is open to all contestants participating in the Fish Art Contest. In the writing portion of their entry, participants should highlight the unique habitat requirements of their fish species and the importance of quality habitat for all aquatic species. Winners will be selected in four grade categories; Kindergarten-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, and 10th-12th grade. The contest is now open and entries are due by March 31st: https://www.wildlifeforever.org/home/state-fish-art/.

150 fish for 150 years - 36/150: Cutthroat Trout are an important bioindicator species. Learn more about 150 years of Am...
10/04/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 36/150: Cutthroat Trout are an important bioindicator species. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act passed the House yesterday and now moves onto the president’s desk. ACE inc...
10/02/2020

America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act passed the House yesterday and now moves onto the president’s desk. ACE includes the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act, codifying the National Fish Habitat Partnership, an important conservation collaboration for AFS and our members. It also authorizes the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and reauthorizes the Chesapeake Bay Program: https://fisheries.org/2020/10/fish-and-wildlife-conservationists-praise-congress-for-passing-the-americas-conservation-enhancement-act-s-3051/

In the latest issue of Fisheries: AFS 150: A History of Aquaculture, World Fish Migration Day, There's More to Fish than...
10/01/2020
AFS Publications

In the latest issue of Fisheries: AFS 150: A History of Aquaculture, World Fish Migration Day, There's More to Fish than Food, Partnerships and Innovations to Implement Reform of a Columbia River Hatchery, Engaging Recreational Salmon Anglers in Fisheries Ecology, and more! https://afspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15488446/2020/45/9

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150 fish for 150 years - 35/150: The Crystal Darter has a rare existence, unknown life history, and relatively low abund...
09/30/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 35/150: The Crystal Darter has a rare existence, unknown life history, and relatively low abundance. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

Recordings are now available from the Third International Catfish Symposium (Catfish 2020), organized by the AFS North C...
09/29/2020
AFS Catfish 2020

Recordings are now available from the Third International Catfish Symposium (Catfish 2020), organized by the AFS North Central and Southern Divisions and held immediately preceding the Southern Division annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, in February. The presentations represent the current status of management and research of catfishes at an international scale. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHNt7ZV05DLWoe4qJO798Pw/videos

This channel holds the recorded oral presentations from the American Fisheries Society Catfish 2020: the third international catfish symposium, held in Littl...

150 fish for 150 years - 34/150: Common Carp have been at the crossroads of important events in the history of fisheries...
09/27/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 34/150: Common Carp have been at the crossroads of important events in the history of fisheries science and management. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

Friday is the final day of the Virtual Annual Meeting but we're not finished yet! We will welcome a past AFS president, ...
09/24/2020

Friday is the final day of the Virtual Annual Meeting but we're not finished yet! We will welcome a past AFS president, Larry Nielsen, along with a panel of AFS Fellows who will discuss the future of fisheries. And don't forget to check out our Trade Show exhibitors one more time and get in those last-minute bids at the Virtual Silent Auction!

If you missed any of the live events of the past two weeks, recordings have already started being posted. If you haven't registered yet, you can still sign up to enjoy these recordings, along with more than 600 on-demand symposium, contributed paper, and poster presentations, which will be available for months following the conference. https://fisheries.org/?mailpoet_router&endpoint=view_in_browser&action=view&data=WzEwNiwiNmU4MzM2ZThiMzU3IiwzMjAsIjgzNmMwMyIsODAsMF0

150 fish for 150 years - 33/150: The Colorado Pikeminnow is the largest minnow in North America. Learn more about 150 ye...
09/23/2020

150 fish for 150 years - 33/150: The Colorado Pikeminnow is the largest minnow in North America. Learn more about 150 years of American Fisheries Society at https://150years.fisheries.org/ #AFS150

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New study: Forensic DNA study of artisanal fisheries in Costa Rica finds in a possible nursery ground for the critically endangered scalloped hammerhead shark Abstract: Elasmobranchs represent one of the most imperiled taxa, yet few nations have developed catch limits and no international or bilateral catch limits exist. One barrier to establishing catch limits is a lack of accurate species-specific extraction rates due to many species looking similar, distinguishing characteristics (fins and head) being removed, or grouping of all elasmobranchs together in fisheries data. To better understand the species-specific impacts fisheries are having on elasmobranchs we used forensic genetic techniques to identify the types and quantities of shark species landed in Costa Rican artisanal small-scale and mid-scale fisheries. We collected elasmobranch tissue samples from fishermen in three locations along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast: Coyote, Bejuco, and Ojochal, from April 2013 to September 2014. We used DNA barcoding techniques, utilizing a 1044 base pair region of the NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 gene, to identify to species 275 of the 416 samples collected. Within these fisheries, seven species of shark and one ray were identified, with the scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) accounting for ∼75−80% of all sharks landed. Observed total lengths (TL) for the scalloped hammerhead shark (10.9–99 cm) in these fisheries suggests the sharks sampled were all either juveniles or neonates. Based on these data it is likely that the areas from which these samples were collected represent nursery grounds for the scalloped hammerhead shark. The quantity of young scalloped hammerhead sharks removed from these areas, and ones similar to them, by these artisanal fisheries could be of great importance when determining future conservation measures for this species. Our findings also indicate that sharks caught in these artisanal fisheries do not appear to represent those sold in markets around San Jose.
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Spring run Chinook virtual workshop Sept 8-10
God is good. Our recent article in Journal of Aquatic Animal Health now published. Genotoxicity and oxidative stress evaluations in Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) juveniles exposed to NPK fertilizer H.N Ebeh N.A Adegoke M.N Ugwu C.D Nwani
The exploitation of resources, such as water to produce energy, can negatively impact the sustainable management of others, such as fisheries that provide food. Our challenge is to enhance understanding of the complex relationships that exist between sectors so that we can better manage resources in more environmentally sensitive ways
A few days away from the abstract deadline for #AFS150! If you are a student, consider applying for the AFS Best Student Presentation/Poster Symposium. Information below. If you are a mentor to a student at any level, please encourage your students to apply. See you in Columbus!
We are hiring a fish care technician that will be involved in feeding, caring for, and sampling wild steelhead kelts on the Clearwater River in Ahsahka, ID. The deadline to apply is 3/16/2020.
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Tech Talks are in the back of the trade show. Walk straight back!
Awesome turnout for the Data Management workshop, hosted by the Fisheries Information and Tech Section!
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