New Fisheries Column: Transitions

by William W. Taylor and Sarah Harrison

In the May issue of Fisheries, we are starting a new column that focuses on the role of mentoring in assisting individuals with real-life transitions that enable success in life and our fisheries profession. This monthly column is a direct outcome of the success of the book published in 2014 by AFS entitled Future of Fisheries: Perspectives for Emerging Professionals, which was coedited by William W. Taylor, Abigail J. Lynch, and Nancy J. Léonard. This book features short vignettes written by a wide variety of fisheries professionals who provided insights into the challenges they faced throughout their careers and the lessons they learned and wished to transfer to the next generation. As an example, we have included a vignette (based on the format of the Future of Fisheries book) written by Fred Harris and Christian Waters, related to perspectives on administration of fisheries programs. We hope this vignette will stimulate your interest in reading this monthly column and will encourage you to buy the Future of Fisheries book from AFS, should you have not already done so! Also, please send Bill Taylor ([email protected]) ideas of what you would like to have addressed in this column. We look forward to working with you all on this important column for professional growth that we hope will smooth the transitions that occur throughout our personal and professional lives, ensuring greater fulfillment and success as we face the uncertainties of the future.


Taylor, W. W., A. J. Lynch, and N. J. Léonard, editors. 2014. Future of fisheries: perspectives for emerging professionals. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

May Column of Transitions : Perspectives on the Administration of Fisheries Programs

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