Membership

 

AFS has an international reputation for being the premier science-based organization dealing with fisheries, and collectively we speak for this resource at every level of government.

It is the incredible diversity of the Society’s membership and the many scientific and professional subdivisions of the field of fisheries science and management that makes membership such a value. AFS was the first society of fisheries professionals when it was formed in 1870, and with a current membership of 9,000, it is the largest such organization. Whether the field is fisheries management, fish culture, or even fisheries history, there is a bond of interest that members of the particular sections share, and this network can help them find information, compare research designs, tools, or results, and collaborate in research and reporting results. There are 21 sections to choose from, and many members belong to several sections, reflecting their different professional interests.

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What membership can do for you:

  • Build your knowledge and keep it current. Full access to AFS publications is discounted for members.
  • Share your perspective and make a difference. Get involved in the work that matters to your profession through chapters and sections.
  • Gain expert support to help you with your career.
  • Enjoy special savings on meeting registration, subscriptions to AFS journals, AFS published books, and professional certification.

NOTE: All membership dues and subscriptions are applied on a calendar year basis.  Subscription to our monthly Fisheries magazine is included with dues.  We offer discounts on books, journals, certification and meeting registration.  In addition, all members have access to the Membership Directory, Fisheries magazine archives, meeting podcasts and minutes of the Governing Board.

Regular Member
Designed for professionals who have held their degree for more than three years.

  • North America: $80.00
  • Outside North America: $95.00

Benefits: subscription to monthly Fisheries magazine, special member prices for AFS journals, books and annual meeting registration; access to Membership Directory, professional certification

Young Professional (valid for 3 years after graduation)
If you are a recent graduate, this category is for you! It is valid for three years after graduation. It was designed to give young working professionals Regular membership at a discounted rate. After three years the membership automatically changes to Regular membership.

  • North America: $40.00
  • Outside North America: $50.00

Benefits: subscription to monthly Fisheries magazine, special member prices for AFS journals, books and annual meeting registration; access to Membership Directory, professional certification

Student Member (Max. 7 years)
You qualify for this membership if you are a student enrolled full-time in an approved educational institution. Part-time students or persons who were previously regular members are not eligible. The maximum allowed time is 7 years. After which membership is automatically changed to Young Professional.

  • North America: $20.00
  • Outside North America: $30.00

Benefits: all of the benefits as Regular Membership plus reduced Annual Meeting registration fee, and free access to AFS journals on line and InfoBase.

Retired Member
Simply put, we appreciate the many years of service to fisheries and aquatic sciences. So, this category is designed to give our retired members an opportunity to continue to participate in the Society at a discounted rate.

  • North America: $40.00
  • Outside North America: $50.00

Benefits: all of the benefits as Regular Membership plus reduced Annual Meeting registration fee.

Developing Countries
If you reside in a country considered as a developing nation by the UN, you can choose one of the following:

  • Membership I (does not include hard copy of Fisheries magazine) $10.00
  • Membership II (includes hard copy of Fisheries magazine) $35.00

Benefits: all of the benefits as Regular Membership

Life Membership
Why not make a wise investment? A one-time dues payment will carry you through your entire career.

  • Life I: one time cost $1,737.00 (includes lifetime subscription to Fisheries and one of the AFS journals print or online)
  • Life II: one year payment plan: $1,000.00 (includes lifetime subscription to Fisheries)
    • ­One year payment plan: $1,000.00
    • ­Two year payment plan: $1,200.00

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Benefits: all of the benefits of Regular Membership

Gift Membership
AFS member may purchase a gift membership for a new member at half cost for the first year. Benefits are the same as Regular Membership.
If you are a current AFS member, you may purchase a Regular membership as a gift for a new member at half cost. Please contact us for details.

  • North America $40.00
  • Outside North America: $50.00

Individual

  • Subscribe to AFS prestigious journals
  • Discounts on AFS books
  • Reduced registration at Annual Meeting
  • Keep current with Fisheries magazine
  • Member-only access to AFS website features
  • Special rates for professional certification

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Student

Awards are available to students from a variety of sources within AFS. All four Divisions offers Best Student Paper awards and travel awards, which are given to the student presenter of the best scientific paper at the respective annual or midyear meetings of each Division.

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Associate

Associate Members are individuals, corporations, and foundations that support the programs of the Society with their annual contributions of $2,000 or more.

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Official

Complimentary subscription to Fisheries magazine and all four AFS journals (TAFS, NAJA, NAJFM, JAAH), complimentary job postings on the AFS Job Board On Line for the member organization, special member rate for Annual Meeting Trade Show booth rental; acknowledgement in the AFS Annual Report, the Membership Directory and on AFS website.

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Sustaining

Benefits: Complimentary subscription to Fisheries magazine, complimentary job postings on the AFS Job Board On Line for the member organization, special member rate for Annual Meeting Trade Show booth rental; acknowledgement in the AFS Annual Report, the Membership Directory and on AFS website.

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Golden

AFS Golden Members are individuals who have been members for 50 years or more.

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