“We applaud the distinguished contributions of Ken Beal and thank him for his continuous efforts to service and commitment to diversity initiatives that help advance aquatic research,” said AFS President Jesse Trushenski.
Ken Beal is a past president of AFS and is currently in retirement, after serving NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He is being recognized today for his work on the AFS Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology program. Ken Beal and Gene Fritz conceived the Hutton Program 20 years ago to increase diversity within AFS and within the fisheries profession. Hutton Scholars learn first-hand about the profession by assisting mentors with their summer fisheries research work. This is a great success story for AFS, as the program hosted its 19th class of high school students in the summer of 2019. A total of 689 students have participated in the Hutton Program to date; of this number, 55% have been minority students and 58% have been female students.
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Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.
General link: fisheries.org
Link to AFS Annual Meeting: https://afstws2019.org/