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 →

Thierry Oberdorff—Plenary Speaker Abstract for the 144th AFS Annual Meeting

Patterns in Riverine Fish Diversity: A Macroecological Perspective Thierry Oberdorff,  Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris Here I develop a conceptual framework that views contemporary riverine fish diversity as a product of a series of filters operating at different spatial and temporal scales and combining different processes, the heart of which is the drainage basin. The.. read more →

Ana Parma—Plenary Speaker Abstract for the 144th AFS Annual Meeting

Leveraging Local Experience to Improve Sustainability of Global Fisheries: It Is Not About Tools But Processes Ana Parma, Centro Nacional Patagonico, Puerto Madryn Chubut, Argentina The quest for management approaches to achieve sustainable fisheries has often led to prescriptions of technical fixes and tools for assessment, harvest control, and regulation of access privileges, without due.. read more →

Louis Bernatchez—Plenary Speaker Abstract for the 144th AFS Annual Meeting

Think/Act Globally and Locally; The Essential Contribution of Basic Science Towards Improved Fishery Management Louis Bernatchez, Université Laval, Quebec City Economical and budgetary concerns are increasingly pushing government research funding toward utilitarian research with expected quick return for the industry at the expense of basic science. Investing in utilitarian research has obvious merits, yet this.. read more →

New Media Course For Fisheries Science

In response to many requests for assistance and training in social media and websites, we are pleased to offer a new workshop this year at the Annual Meeting in Quebec City. “New Media for Fisheries Science” will be a hands-on demonstration of the website and social media tools AFS Units can use to connect with.. read more →

What’s a Striped Bass Worth?

Every year, thousands of anglers travel to Southern reservoirs hoping to land a selfie-worthy enormous Striped Bass. But is the cost of stocking Striped Bass justified, especially when there are other species to fish for in these reservoirs that don’t require stocking? In a recent article in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management, scientists.. read more →

Save the Date! National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation!

Save the Date National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation October 23-24, 2014 www.nwllc2014.org Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC _____________________________________________________________________________ Featuring keynote addresses by: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (invited) Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (invited) _____________________________________________________________________________ Conservation innovation is woven through our nation’s heritage. It is today and will be.. read more →

New AFS Members—April 2014

Erin Adams Matthew Bach Joel Bader Cooper Barshinger Lindsay Bellaw M. Renee Bellinger Brenda Ben James Jordanna Black Benjamin Bolam Robert Bourdon Caitlin Bradley Shannon Brewer Richard Brodeur Nicholas Brown Joshua Carpenter Roger Choiniere Frank Collier Rachel Conway Apryl Corey Catherine Couillard Joseph Coutu Nicola Craig Gregory Cravello Andrew Cushing Farrell Davis Willem Dekker Benjamin.. read more →

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