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Citizen Science at its Best

By Leah Baumwell, IGFA Conservation Coordinator, Email: “I wonder why he jumped, the old man thought. He jumped almost as though to show me how big he was.” —Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea Collectively referred to as “billfish,” marlin, sailfish, and spearfish (family Istiophoridae) are some of the largest and most magnificent... Read More

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

Applications of Genetic Data to Improve Management and Conservation of River Fishes and Their Habitats

Dana M. Infante, Erin Landguth, Winsor H. Lowe, Gordon Luikart, Clint C. Muhlfeld, Kim T. Scribner, and Gary E. Whelan Environmental variation and landscape features affect ecological processes in fluvial systems; however, assessing effects at management-relevant temporal and spatial scales is challenging. Genetic data can be used with landscape models and traditional ecological assessment data... Read More

Doug Austen, AFS Executive Director

The Dollars and Sense (Yes) of the Portland AFS Meeting

Anytime you can gather together 50, 100, or possibly 4,000 fisheries professionals in one place, you can be guaranteed to have a pretty good time. Fisheries issues from arctic subsistence fishing influenced by climate change to Caribbean reef fisheries (and everything in-between) can easily be a part of the discussion. Graduate program opportunities, jobs, developing... Read More

Thomas E. Bigford, AFS Policy Director

POLICY COLUMN: Walls, Aquatic Habitat, and Fish

If walls and fish could talk, I suspect they’d have a strained conversation. Unfortunately, neither fish nor walls were interviewed for this column, so the following is based on 40 years of my personal observations. There has been much talk in recent years about living shorelines, which trend toward using natural materials and native species... Read More


PRESIDENT’S COMMENTARY: AFS Professional Certification 101

We are all aware that professional certification and licensing are required for practitioners in fields like medicine, law, and engineering. Although not as well known and not typically required for employment, many natural resource scientific professional organizations provide certification programs for their members. Some examples are the Ecological Society of America (certified ecologist), the Society... 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