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Plenary - 150 Years of AFS

  • 10:45 AM- 12:15 PM EST, Holiday Ballroom, Hilton, and livestreamed on Attendee Hub.

Brian Fagan

Author, Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization

Fishing as an Historical Human Endeavor

Christina Murphy

USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit & University of Maine

Mothers of Fishes: Inspiration from the Past to the Future

Brian Murphy

AFS President, 2020-2021 and Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

The Founding of the American Fisheries Society: Preachers, Pragmatists, Protectionists, and Pisciculturists

Larry Nielsen

Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University

Three Things the World Had Learned by 1871

Stakeholder Engagement Day and Offshore Wind Panel Facebook Live Events

Join us in the morning to listen to live symposium presentations highlighting research partnerships among scientists, stakeholders, and resource users that will be occurring as a part of Stakeholder Engagement Day. In the afternoon, join us for two panel discussions, one on cooperative research partnerships between scientists and industry members and another on research related to fisheries and offshore wind energy development.

Monday Award Presentations

Presented during the Plenary Session at 10:45 AM EST in the Holiday Ballroom, Hilton, and livestreamed on the Attendee Hub.

Excellence in Fisheries Education
Andy Danylchuk

AFS Fellows – 2021 Inductee Class
Stephanie Carlson
Villy Christensen
Margaret Docker
Marlis Douglas
Michael Douglas
Timothy Essington
Donald Gabelhouse
Stanley Gregory
J. Ellen Marsden
Gary Matlock
Daniel Schindler
Randall Schultz

Monday Business Meetings

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Mid Atlantic Chapter Annual Business Meeting, Stone (Hilton)
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Hutton Oversight Committee Meeting, Blake (Hilton)
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Water Quality Section Meeting, Hopkins (Hilton)
  • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Student and Early Career Professional Subsection Business Meeting,
    Harbor 2 (Marriott)
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Fish Culture Section Meeting, University 1 (Marriott)

Featured Symposia

See also the list of virtual talks and posters associated with these sessions. Recordings can be viewed on the Attendee Hub. We have a new Attendee Hub User Guide now available.
  • 8:00 AM Keeping Cool: Thermoregulating in a Changing World, Harbor 1 (Marriott), also includes 5 virtual talks and 1 in-person poster.
  • 8:00 AM Advances in Life History and Environmental Reconstruction Using Biogenetic Structures from Organisms (Day 2), Peale A (Hilton), also includes 11 virtual talks and 3 in-person posters.
  • 8:00 AM Climate Change Effects on Fish and Fisheries: Understanding, Forecasting, and Communicating Impacts (Day 2), Promenade (Marriott), also includes 10 virtual talks and 2 in-person posters.
  • 8:00 AM Global Fish Biogeography and Productivity, Now and Into the Future, Stadium 5 (Marriott), also includes 2 virtual talks.
  • 8:00 AM Cooperative Research with Stakeholders: Recent Progress and New Directions,
    University 1 (Marriott), also includes 8 virtual talks and 2 in-person posters. Livestream available (see above).
  • 8:00 AM Creating and Implementing Ecosystem Wide Integrated Research/Conservation Plan for Prairie Systems, Peale C (Hilton), also includes 9 virtual talks.
  • 8:00 AM Atlantic Striped Bass Populations: Past, Present, and Future Challenges, Peale B (Hilton), also includes 5 virtual talks and 1 in-person poster.
  • 8:00 AM Interactions between Offshore Wind, Fisheries, and Fisheries Resources (Day 1), Johnson A (Hilton), also includes 13 virtual talks and 7 in-person posters. Afternoon panel session available on Facebook Live (see above).
  • 8:00 AM Using Indicators of Ecological Resilience to Inform Conservation/Management of Freshwater Ecosystems, Johnson B (Hilton), also includes 6 virtual talks.
  • 8:00 AM Planning for Coldwater Fisheries Resources: Modeling and Managing Temperature Impairments, Douglass (Hilton), also includes 7 virtual talks and 2 in-person posters.
  • 8:00 AM Investments in Fish Habitat Science, Support Resilient Fish Populations
    Latrobe (Hilton), also includes 5 virtual talks and 3 in-person posters.
  • 1:00 PM MSCG – Getting It Right with Research: Best Practices for Developing a Research Plan for Management Agencies, Holiday Ballroom (Hilton).
  • 1:20 PM Tails from the Anthropocene – Stories and Lessons from 150 Years of Aquatic Introductions, Stadium 4 (Marriott), also includes 8 virtual talks.
  • 1:20 PM Fish Passage through the Ages—Historical Approaches, Current Innovations, and Future Opportunities (Day One), Ruth (Hilton), also includes 13 virtual talks, 1 virtual poster, and 1 in-person poster.
  • 1:40 PM Jawless Wonders: Science to Better Understand and Manage Lampreys
    Stadium 5 (Marriott).
  • 2:40 PM Chesapeake Bay Introduced Species and Management, Stadium 4 (Marriott), 2 virtual talks.

150th Exhibits

Stop by and peruse more than two dozen exhibits on the history of fisheries and AFS created by AFS Units. Don't miss the 360-degree virtual reality tour of the historic D.C. Booth National Fish Hatchery!


Come spend some time in between sessions with colleagues and new friends on Gather.Town. We’ve designed an exclusive space for registrants to take advantage of during the meeting with scheduled gatherings through the conference. Join us for an online orientation on Saturday - the password is VIRTUAL2021.
  • General Hang-Out 3:00 – 3:30 PM

  • Careers in Fisheries Roundtable 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Student Events

Events for ALL Attendees
  • Tours of the National Aquarium Animal Care and Rescue Center (ACRC; must be signed up). Uber is suggested for transportation; tour attendees can be dropped off on Fayette Street. All attendees must wear masks and closed-toed shoes and arrive in the lobby of ACRC 5-10 min early for tours.
Student Events
  • Student Networking Event: 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Marriott Grand Ballroom. You must bring your meeting badge for admittance and a valid government issued ID if planning to consume alcoholic beverages. Come prepared to buy tickets for our awesome raffle prizes. Dinner and a free drink will be provided!
  • Virtual Careers in Fisheries Roundtable: 5:00 - 6:30 PM in the AFS Gather.Town space.
    • List of professional speakers here! Our speakers encompass state agencies, academia, tribal agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, management agencies, and NGOs.
  • CV Review and Mock Interviews: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Hilton Paca Room and virtually.
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Silent Auction

Don't forget to check out the growing array of great items in this year's Silent Auction, benefitting the Skinner Fund for student travel. Both virtual and in-person attendees can submit bids: