Fisheries Newsletter News Bits – Sunscreen and Plankton

Sunscreen may be TOXIC to sea creatures and disrupt the ocean’s food chain, scientists warn Spanish scientists looked at the environmental impact of sunscreen Sunscreen ingredients Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide react with UV light They form compounds such as hydrogen peroxide High amounts of hydrogen peroxide could harm phytoplankton If this happens, larger animals which feed.. read more →

Fisheries Newsletter News Bits – Mysterious Aquatic Blob

Mysterious, Unidentified Red Blob? Is it a Sea Slug? A mysterious aquatic creature has washed up on the shore at Mudjimba Beach in the Sunshine Coast of Australia.It is unclear what the creature is and has caused much speculation on Twitter. The creature is bright red, has no eyes, mouth or limbs and feels spongy.. read more →

Major Fisheries Scientist Offers To Donate Scientific Journals

Fred Serchuk is a true fisheries scientist.  He  was the U.S. representative on the Scientific Council of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, and served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals. He has twice received the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his fisheries science and management achievements, and was honored in 2006.. read more →

INAUGURAL INDUCTEES – LEGENDS OF CANADIAN FISHERIES SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

By Steven J. Cooke and Jack Imhof (CARS Executive) 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 new recognition program.. read more →

30 Jul 2014
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Call For Abstracts—Inland Fisheries

Call for Abstracts Contributions for oral or poster presentations are welcome for Freshwater, Fish, and the Future, an international conference to be held 26-30 January 2015 at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. This conference takes a groundbreaking, global, multidisciplinary approach to inland water issues with a focus.. read more →

AFS Seeks Journal Editor

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) seeks a scientist with a broad perspective on fisheries to serve as editor of North American Journal of Fisheries Management (NAJFM). Editor must be committed to fast-paced deadlines, and would be appointed for a five-year renewable term. Duties include: Deciding on the suitability of contributed papers, and advising authors on what would be.. read more →

News Bits – Monday, July 28, 2014

AFS Member, Dr. Gregory Skomal, the Shark Whisperer, Talks Sharkshere in this article and again at the AFS Annual Meeting in Quebec, with his paper entitled: Broad and Fine-Scale Movements of White Sharks in the Western North Atlantic Derived from Multiple Technologies)             AFS Member, Dr. Kevin Stokesbury Celebrates a.. read more →

Business Meeting Vote – Constitutional Amendment and the Revised Society Strategic Plan

To:      AFS Membership From:  Bob Hughes, AFS President RE:     Business Meeting Vote- Constitutional Amendment and the Revised Society Strategic Plan. There will be a vote during the Quebec Business Meeting on the Constitutional Amendment and the Revised Society Strategic Plan. Please see the attachments below. Cheers, Bob Read: AFS Constitution Revisions 6-5-14.. read more →

Forest Fires and Fish

Author Jesse Trushenski, Photo credit John McColgan, U.S. Forest Service Forest fires – particularly megafires – destroy lives, land, and wildlife, but what about the fish? Think wildfires and fisheries aren’t connected?  Think again.  Here are just a few ways that wildfires can affect aquatic communities. Wildfires affecting riparian zones cause a “fire pulse,” changing in-stream.. read more →

23 Jul 2014
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Fish Passage 2015

Fish Passage 2015 – International conference on river connectivity best practices and innovations June 22-24, 2015, Groningen (The Netherlands) Fish Passage 2015 will be an important international forum to exchange findings and experiences on fish related passage issues. This international conference is of interest to researchers, educators, practitioners, funders, and regulators who have an interest in.. read more →

14 Jul 2014
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How To Talk To Fish or How Fish Talk or Why Would Anyone Care About Talking To A Catfish?

We’ve known that fish make noises for thousands of years. Pull a grouper out of the water and you can hear for yourself. But since sound travels exceptionally large distances underwater, most fish are very strategic and quiet about the noises they emit. It was only with the invention of underwater microphones, called hydrophones, after World War II that.. read more →

AFS Undergraduate Travel Assistance Award

The Student Subsection of the Education Section of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is seeking applicants for the 2014 Student Subsection of the Education Section of the AFS Undergraduate Travel Award. The Undergraduate Travel Award is funded by the Education Section and is designed to introduce undergraduate students to AFS at the Parent Society level.. read more →

NOAA Fisheries Economist Receives Presidential Early Career Award

NOAA Fisheries economist Alan Haynie is being recognized for his innovative work to ensure that fishery rules promote sustainable fishing. There are at least two species in every fishery: the fish, and the people who go after them. And there are at least two kinds of fishery scientists: those who study fish, and those who.. read more →

140 More Reasons to Join AFS in Quebec!

The AFS 2014 Annual Meeting in Quebec City now has 140 overseas attendees registered, representing the following countries: THE COUNTRIES ATTENDING THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY (AFS) ANNUAL MEETING IN QUEBEC (not including the United States, Canada, and Mexico): Australia Austria Belgium Brazil China Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Faroe Islands Finland France Germany Iceland India Ireland.. read more →

Two AFS Members appointed to the 2014 U.S. Commerce Department Regional Fishery Councils

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 22 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA’s Fisheries Service to manage ocean fish stocks. Established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the councils act to prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their.. read more →

President Obama Announces Two AFS Members in Key Administration Positions

WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: • Donald L. Pereira – Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission Dr. Donald L. Pereira, Appointee for Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission Dr. Donald L. Pereira is.. read more →

TRANSACTIONS: Sexual Segregation of Spiny Dogfish

Sexual Segregation of Spiny Dogfish in Fishery-Dependent Surveys in Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Potential Management Benefits Abstract: Commercial gill-net and longline surveys were conducted in the Cape Cod, Massachusetts, area to assess whether the proportion of male Spiny Dogfish Squalus acanthias in the catch changes throughout a normal fishing day (an event frequently observed by local commercial longliners).. read more →

19 Jun 2014
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EIFAAC Symposium on Recreational Fisheries

Managing freshwater recreational fisheries in an era of change Lillehammer, Norway, 15-17 June 2015 Program outline What is happening to recreational fisheries? How can the sector adapt and improve its importance and sustainability in an era of change? The Symposium aims to provide a forum for exchange of management practices, research and activities among stakeholders.. read more →

Plenary Speaker Abstracts

Plenary Speaker Abstracts for the 144th Annual Meeting Early Bird Registration is still open!  Louis Bernatchez “To get the most out of public money, it is thus crucial to maintain national funding strategies that will ensure an optimal balance between long-term basic research vs. short-term utilitarian research.” Think/Act Globally and Locally; The Essential Contribution of.. read more →

David Bella—Plenary Speaker Abstract for the 144th AFS Annual Meeting

Systemic Distortion David Bella, Oregon State University, Corvallis I have been asked to succinctly convey some lessons involving two related problems not well addressed in your educations. First, distortion of information emerges on vast scales. Second, reductionism—reducing the character of wholes to the character of their parts—misperceives such distortions. Together, these two failures combine to.. read more →