winter newsletter (2)


JASM Abstract Submission Closing Soon

Abstract submission closes on Monday, January 10 for the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, which will bring nine aquatic science societies together in May 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and online! Browse more than 100 interdisciplinary symposia, workshops, and other sessions, and submit your abstract now.

Spokane Symposium Proposals Due
January 28

Under the theme of "What Do Fish Mean to Us?," the Program Committee of the 152nd Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington, August 21-25, 2022, encourages symposium topics that exemplify the latest research in fisheries science and that will benefit a range of audiences with the aim of advancing the science of fisheries ecology, conservation, and management. This year, we are offering a discussion platform for more collaboration, transparency, and participation in symposium development. The formal submission platform is also now open.


Photo credit: Terra Dressler

What We Don’t Know About the Effects of Temperature on Salmonid Growth

Bioenergetics models have proven very useful for predicting how temperature affects fish growth, but their results can conflict with assumptions commonly used in salmonid management. A standard Rainbow Trout bioenergetics model indicates that: (1) there is no “optimal temperature for growth” unless food is unnaturally abundant; in fact, (2) we cannot predict how changes in temperature affect growth without also assuming how food intake changes; (3) temperature can have stronger effects on growth in cool seasons than in summer; and (4) salmonids genetically adapted to tolerate high temperatures are more, not less, susceptible to effects of temperature on growth. Despite their widespread use, we still have no data sets that allow comprehensive testing and calibration of bioenergetics models.


A Review of Nonprobability Sampling Using Mobile Apps for Fishing Effort and Catch Surveys

There has been great interest in using new methods for collecting fishing effort and catch data and much of that interest has been in using mobile apps and non-probability samples. New methods of sampling have emerged, but the ability to have confidence in the estimates from convenience or non-probability samples has not been adequately evaluated. Fishing effort and catch surveys affect the management of fisheries in some circumstances and high quality sampling methods are needed to rely on the estimates from these surveys.


The Sport Fish Restoration Program as a Funding Source to Manage and Monitor Bowfishing and Monitor Inland Commercial Fisheries

The Sport Fish Restoration Program (SFR) has been a stable and highly successful funding program supporting state fisheries research, propagation, and management activities since its inception in 1950. The expanding sport of bowfishing in the past 2 decades, and research over a comparable time period showing very long lifespans of underappreciated native fish species, opens the door to some new ways to classify, manage, and fund monitoring of these natives under the SFR program, while encouraging sport and commercial take of invasives.

Goodbye to “Rough Fish”: Paradigm Shift in the Conservation of Native Fishes

While sometimes difficult to admit, perspectives of European and white males have overwhelmingly dominated fisheries science and management in the USA. This dynamic is exemplified by bias against “rough fish”—a pejorative ascribing low-to-zero value for countless native fishes. One product of this bias is that biologists have ironically worked against conservation of diverse fishes for over a century, and these problems persist today.


Don’t Miss Out in 2022 – Renew Your Membership Today!

2022 is here! Don’t miss out on all the great programming AFS has lined up for the new year - we already have two webinars planned for this winter – free for members! Don’t let your membership expire – if you haven’t done so already, renew today to continue receiving great benefits like complimentary online journals access, Fisheries magazine, and discounts on books and meeting registration. Current AFS members can renew online by logging into their account. Questions regarding login can be sent to [email protected].

January Webinar

There's still time to register for next week's webinar on Native Fish Restoration in Lakes, featuring two presentations at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Join us at 1:00 pm EST on Wednesday, January 12, for presentations by Megan Skinner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nathan Thomas of the National Park Service.

February Webinar

Join Lead Author Kathy Mills of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for a webinar at 12:00 pm on February 1 about how you can provide input to the Oceans and Marine Resources chapter of the upcoming 5th National Climate Assessment.

Webinar Topics and Speakers Wanted

Have an idea for a great webinar? AFS wants to hear from you! We are currently seeking topics and speakers for upcoming webinars. Want to host a session, share your science, or suggest a speaker? Send us your ideas through the online form.

Book Sale Ends
January 14

Save on your 2022 reading list by taking advantage of the AFS Bookstore End-of-Year Sale. These prices won't last long, so buy your favorite AFS book today!

Hutton 2022 Applications Due February 15

The 2022 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is now open for student applications! All students in the high school classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 are eligible to participate. For more information or to start your online application today, visit:


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