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Second Vice President Election Now Open

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is conducting an election for Second Vice President for the coming year. All current members are eligible to participate. The election begins April 18, 2016 and closes May 20, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The candidates for Second Vice President are Scott Bonar and Gary Whelan. Please see your email for voting... Read More

AFS/TWS Memorandum of Understanding with USGS Coop Units and USFWS

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) and The Wildlife Society (TWS) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Research Units (CRU) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The purpose of the MOU is to: Develop and exchange biological information for natural resource managers; Encourage, promote, and increase scientific professionalism... Read More

IUCN Wetlands at Risk Book Project: Call for Papers

Wetlands at Risk An open initiative and publication promoted by the Wetland Thematic Group members (CEM,UICN) Objective To bring awareness about most important wetlands under risk in different world regions portraying their status, problems and conflicts related to human impacts, discussing and proposing suitable management practices and solutions for their effective recovery and conservation. Regions will... Read More

LED lights used at sea. Credit: University of Exeter

Green Lights Stop Sea Turtle Deaths

Illuminating fishing nets is a cost-effective means of dramatically reducing the number of sea turtles getting caught and dying unnecessarily, conservation biologists at the University of Exeter have found. Dr. Jeffrey Mangel, a Darwin Initiative research fellow based in Peru, and Professor Brendan Godley, from the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University’s Penryn... Read More


AFS Members Tyrell DeWeber and Tyler Wagner Honored by National Fish Habitat Partnership

In early March, the National Fish Habitat Partnership and the Habitat Section of the American Fisheries Society were honored to present Tyler Wagner and Tyrell DeWeber  with the National Fish Habitat Award for Excellence in Scientific Achievement. DeWeber and Wagner (Penn State University) received the award for work on eastern Brook Trout habitat modeling. In 2015, they produced a... Read More

Legends of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management

Canada has a long and illustrious history in fisheries science and management. Indeed, many scientific discoveries, assessment tools, and even contemporary management strategies can be attributed to Canadian fisheries professionals. The Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society has launched a program called “Legends of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management”. The goal of the program is to... Read More

Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn

Call for Nominations for IPBES

Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides are disappearing at unprecedented rates. Around the world, policymakers are making decisions that affect biodiversity and they seek additional scientific knowledge in order to understand the consequences at local, regional, and global scales. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body dedicated to bridging... Read More

Japanese jack mackerel

Fish populations revealed through seawater analysis

A research group led by Yamamoto Satoshi, a research fellow at the Kobe University Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, has shown that measuring quantities of fish DNA in seawater can reveal how many fish inhabit that environment. This discovery could enable quicker and more effective surveys of fish distribution, and has potential applications in... Read More