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.
Publish Science Information
- 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
- 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
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
- Introduced species
- 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
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