Donna Parrish Becomes President of the American Fisheries Society

BETHESDA, MD—Donna L. Parrish of Burlington, Vermont, has become the 130th President of the American Fisheries Society. Parrish is the Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and a Research Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She assumed office on August.. read more →

Protecting Hidden Gems: Inland Fish and Fisheries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Beard bbeard@fisheries.org 301-897-8616 office 240-687-3761 cell QUÉBEC CITY, CANADA—Inland fish and fisheries are the undervalued gems of aquatic environments around the globe. They hold a variety of roles fundamental to the health of ecosystems and provide income and food security for many of the world’s poorest people. Yet, these fisheries.. read more →

Fire and Fish: How Fire Management Affects Aquatic Ecosystems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2014 Contact: Beth Beard bbeard@fisheries. 301-897-8616 office 240-687-3761 cell Québec City, Canada—With wildfires raging in the West this summer, it is time to reassess our knowledge-base and understanding of fire management. While humans may think they are helping when they control wildfires, they may actually be doing a disservice to.. read more →

Eel Experts Gather in Québec City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2014 Contact: Beth Beard bbeard@fisheries.org 301-897-8616 office 240-687-3761 cell EEL EXPERTS GATHER IN QUÉBEC CITY QUÉBEC CITY, CANADA—Eels are truly unusual fish with an ancient history dating back to the age of dinosaurs. Their biological makeup includes a rare trait—mature adults migrate to the Sargasso Sea in the middle of.. read more →

A New Beginning for South African Native Fish

In an article in this month’s Fisheries, an international collaboration between AFS and South African institutions resulted in South Africa’s first non-native fish eradication using rotenone in February 2012 in the Rondegat River, a small headwater stream in South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region (CFR) that had been invaded by Smallmouth Bass. The CFR is a.. read more →

U.S. Forest Service Rise to the Future Awards

The U.S. Forest Service held it annual “Rise to the Future” awards ceremony for Fisheries, Hydrology, Soil Science, and Air Programs at the National Archives on 15 May 2014. The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is a long-time supporter of the Rise to the Future Awards. For more information about each of the award recipients, see http://www.fs.fed.us/biology/fish/2014_RTTF-Awards2013Winners508.pdf. Not.. read more →

17 Jun 2014
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Boom and Bust in Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan’s balancing act Boom and bust: Nature is full of examples of what happens when the balance between predators and prey gets out of whack. But when that balance is between two nonnative species in the vastly altered ecosystem of the Great Lakes, puzzling patterns may emerge. In a recent paper in Transactions of.. read more →

It’s a girl! Sonograms help endangered fish

Even fisheries scientists can have a difficult time determining whether a fish is male or female by just glancing at it. So, imagine if you had a hatchery full of several hundred fish that you hope to breed in order to sustain an endangered species. In a recent article in the North American Journal of.. read more →

Halamid Aqua (Chloramine-T) Approved by FDA to Treat Fish Diseases

Axcentive SARL announced yesterday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center has approved Halamid® Aqua (100% chloramine-T) as a new therapeutic drug for use in fish.  Halamid® Aqua is an important weapon in the arsenal fisheries professionals use to combat fish diseases, and its approval is a major advance in fish health management. .. read more →

In Memoriam – Carlos Fetterolf

Carlos Fetterolf, 88, past president of the American Fisheries Society, died on 22 March 2014 from complications due to a fall in Chelsea, Michigan. He had a long, distinguished career during which his good health and high spirits kept him active in fisheries and environmental causes to the end. His last years were devoted to.. read more →

16 Apr 2014
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Letter to EPA on Bristol Bay Mining Assessment

31 March 2014 Gina McCarthy William Jefferson Clinton Building U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., 1101A Washington, DC 20460    Dear Administrator McCarthy: The American Fisheries Society (AFS) submits this letter in appreciation and support of the recently completed EPA report entitled “An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay,.. read more →

Little Chubs Migrate, Too

When you think of migrating fish, usually silvery salmon gracefully leaping up waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest come to mind. In fact, many freshwater fish migrate in order to spawn, even the small minnows and chubs of the large, muddy rivers of the Great Plains. These large rivers are now  interrupted by numerous dams, diversion.. read more →

How Do Fish Catch a Virus? They Eat It

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) is just as unpleasant as it sounds for fish, leading to considerable losses of fish both in the wild and at some European fish farms.  Unfortunately, this disease has recently spread to the Great Lakes region but scientists are still unsure how it is transmitted. In a recent paper in.. read more →

Tom Bigford Named AFS Policy Director

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2014 Contact: Beth Beard, 301-897-8616 x215, bbeard@fisheries.org The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is pleased to welcome Tom Bigford as our new Policy Director starting on February 18. Bigford has been Chief of the Habitat Protection Division at the Office of Habitat Conservation at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA).. read more →

Imperiled Freshwater Organisms of North America Website

For Immediate Release: January 29, 2014 Contact: Beth Beard, 301-897-8616 x215, bbeard@fisheries.org The American Fisheries Society (AFS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently renewed an agreement to host a website listing the imperiled fish, crayfish, snails, and mollusks of North America. Since 1972, the AFS Endangered Species Committee has been tracking the status of.. read more →