What We Do

What we do:

  •  Promote scientific research and sustainable management of fisheries resources.
  •  Publish some of the world’s leading fisheries research journals and books.
  •  Organize scientific meetings where new results are reported and discussed.
  •  Encourage comprehensive education for fisheries professionals.
Just a few of the many species of fish, molluscs, and crustaceans that turn up during the Gulf of Mexico groundfish survey. Shifts in the  relative abundance of these species can be indicators of important changes in the Gulf ecosystem. (photo credit: NOAA)

Just a few of the many species of fish, molluscs, and crustaceans that turn up during the Gulf of Mexico groundfish survey. Shifts in the
relative abundance of these species can be indicators of important changes in the Gulf ecosystem. (photo credit: NOAA)

Publish Science Information

AFS Journals

  •  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
  •  North American Journal of Fisheries Management
  •  Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
  •  North American Journal of Aquaculture
  •  Marine and Coastal Fisheries

Fisheries Magazine

  •  Available to all members
  •  Each issue contains:
  •  Two or more feature articles and essays
  •  Columns by the AFS president, the executive director, the policy director, and more.
  •  Department updates covering conference  announcements, unit activities, letters, & publications
  •  Job announcements

Books
The latest aspects of research, management, policy, and techniques are addressed by AFS books.

  •  AFS books cover a wide range of subjects including:
  •  Fish biology
  •  Ecology
  •  Introduced species
  •  Economics
  •  Other related aspects of aquatic science
  •  Over 175 titles are available, including:
  •  Textbooks, Symposia proceedings, Monographs & other books.

Hold Scientific Meetings
AFS organizes a major annual meeting plus several more specialized symposia.

  •  Our next meeting—our 144th—will be held in Québec City from 17 to 21 August 2014.
  •  Our largest meeting was the 141 st annual meeting, held in Seattle, WA, September 2011, with:
  •  Approximately 4,000 fisheries professionals attended from around the world.
  •  2,600 oral presentation and 500 posters
  •  19 Continuing Education Workshops
  •  4 division and 48 chapter meetings throughout North America

Develop Policy Statements
AFS occasionally takes positions on major fisheries‐related issues due to its mission of conservation.
Some issues include:

  •  Climate Change
  •  Use of Lead in Sport Fishing Tackle
  •  Marine Stocks at Risk
  •  Contaminants in Water Resources
  •  Exotic Species Introductions
  •  Statements are carefully reviewed and vetted by members prior to adoption

Promote Education
Encourage Comprehensive Fisheries and Aquatic Science Education

  •  Professional Certification
  •  Promotes strong curriculum
  •  Encourages professional minimum standards
  •  Promote Student Involvement
  •  AFS has 58 university‐based student subunits

 

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