winter newsletter (2)


Spokane Symposium Proposals Due
January 28

The formal symposium submission system is now open, utilizing a new, more robust meeting platform than used in Baltimore in 2021. 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 also offering a discussion platform for more collaboration, transparency, and participation in symposium development.

We are also soliciting proposals for Continuing Education Courses and Workshops for Spokane - submit your ideas here.


Recovering America's Wildlife Act Passes Committee Vote

The Recovering America's Wildlife Act markup hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday resulted in bipartisan support in the committee vote. Let's build on this momentum by recruiting more co-sponsors - learn how to get your member of Congress on board to provide the funding needed to recover wildlife.


Photo credit: Thomas Harvey

Population Genetics of Brook Trout in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

The authors used a panel of microsatellite loci to characterize broad-scale patterns of genetic diversity in wild Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis and found evidence for: (1) major regional clusters, (2) genetic drift resulting in fine-scale differentiation in small, isolated populations, and (3) hatchery introgression in some populations. These findings provide baseline information to support the conservation of wild Brook Trout and can be explored further using an online interactive portal.


Otolith Morphometry and Microchemistry Used to Study the Origin of Atlantic Herring

Combined otolith morphometry and microchemistry reveals the importance of estuaries as nursery grounds for the recovery of spring-spawning herrings in the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf. The authors analyzed otolith shape and chemical composition to characterize the native origin of spring-spawning Atlantic Herring Clupea harengus.


Calling All Fisheries Science Students!

Was there something you know now that you wish someone had told you when you first started your studies? Help future AFS student members by writing a Student Angle column in Fisheries magazine.

Email [email protected] for details.

What Does Inclusion Look Like?

Inclusion can happen now—in an instant—with genuine positive communication directed at someone who has a different identity than you. A person feeling included really comes down to an individual having a sense of belonging and value within a group of people.


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.

Berkeley Fellowship Deadline February 1

Applications for this year's Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship are due February 1. The fellowship comprises a competitively based $10,000 scholarship award to a graduate student actively engaged in thesis research relevant to marine conservation.

Don’t Let the Window Close on Your Membership! Renew Today!

2022 is here and that means that the new AFS calendar year began on January 1. Don’t let your membership expire – we are extending a grace period so that members are still currently receiving benefits, but that window is closing soon! If you haven’t done so already, renew today to continue receiving great membership benefits. Current AFS members can renew online by logging into their account. Questions about your membership, account login, or invoice can be sent to Membership Manager Kelly Kotche at [email protected].

AFS Sections Are a
Fin-tastic Way to Make Connections!

Leverage your area of expertise! Did you know that AFS has special groups that bring together fisheries professionals with similar areas of interest? AFS Sections give you the opportunity to collaborate with peers and be a part of a supportive community in your specialty. Connecting with other professionals through our 24 Sections is just one of the many benefits of an AFS membership – the cost is only $5-$10 per Section!

To add a Section, log into your account and click on “Modify Billing Options” and look for the list of Sections to add to your membership, or contact Membership Manager Kelly Kotche at [email protected] for assistance.

Hutton 2022 Student Applications Due February 15

Do you know a high school student who is interested in fisheries science and aquatic management? Are they looking for a paid summer internship opportunity? The 2022 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology application period closes in less than a month! All high school students in the classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 in the USA, Mexico, and Canada are eligible to submit an application. Students who are selected into the program will be paired with a mentor at a fisheries institution no more than a 30-45 minute drive from their home. Students can apply through this link.

Interested in hosting a Hutton Scholar this summer? Mentor applications are being accepted until March 1. Apply now.


EVENTS: See upcoming AFS and other fisheries events in our Events Calendar
CAREERS: For the latest JOBS postings from around the U.S. and Canada
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