winter newsletter (2)


We Reel-y Want You to Be Our Valentine!

Love the fisheries profession? Make it o-fish-al and renew your AFS Membership today! We don’t want you to fall out of the net – our “network,” that is – of the AFS community. If you don’t renew, it will break our hearts! Simply log into your account. Questions about your membership and account login, or requests for an invoice, can be sent to Kelly Kotche, AFS Membership Manager, at [email protected].


Spokane Symposium Proposal Extension

Thank you to those who submitted a symposium proposal for the upcoming AFS Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington.

After review of the proposals, we identified several key topics that we hope can still be included in the program. We are re-opening the “Call for Symposia” looking specifically for proposals addressing the following topics: hatchery management and supplementation efforts, fish disease and pathogens, policy, regional topics of interest (e.g., Snake River dam removal), invasive species, DEI-related topics, and AFS Section-related sessions.

If you were unable to meet the previous deadline but have a proposal for another topic, please feel free to submit, but we will not guarantee inclusion in the program as a symposium. This targeted “Call for Symposia” will close on February 18th. Additionally, we will accept proposals for Continuing Education Courses/Workshops until February 18th. The “Call for Abstracts” will open in late February.


Alaska Chapter Supports Tongass Roadless Rule

The AFS Alaska Chapter submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for reinstatement of the Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest, providing an excellent example of policy engagement by a Chapter.


Historical Records Reveal Changes to the Migration Timing and Abundance of Winter Steelhead in Olympic Peninsula Rivers

The authors of this paper analyzed multiple historical data sources (circa 1948–1960) to estimate migration timing and abundance of Olympic Peninsula winter steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss in the Quillayute, Hoh, Queets, and Quinault rivers, Washington, to provide context for contemporary (circa 1980–2017) population trends.


Status and Management of the Blue Crab Fishery in the Gulf of Mexico

Management of the blue crab Callinectes sapidus fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is the responsibility of the individual states under the purview of a regional management plan. States generally follow the “2-S” system of management, placing emphasis on size and sex. Despite management policies, harvest and juvenile abundances remain in decline.


Photo Diaries

AFS Members: Do you have a folder full of photos from your field work? If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a Photo Diary in Fisheries could say more than a feature-length article. Tell your story and show off your exceptional photography in Fisheries magazine today!

Email [email protected] for details.

Diversity In Motivations and Behavioral Response to Regulations in the Striped Bass Commercial Fishery

It is evident that fishery stakeholder groups are not homogenous, and that inter- and intra-group variation can exist in the form of unique perspectives, motivations for fishery participation, and receptiveness to management measures. However, management agencies often allocate quota and design regulatory plans around distinct groups, such as recreational versus commercial sectors. This study used the commercial fishery for Striped Bass Morone saxatilis as a case study to explore the motivations and behaviors of commercial fishers in Massachusetts.


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.

2022 Award Nominations

Nominations for 2022 AFS awards are now open. Recognize worthy accomplishments by your colleagues in conservation, science, and service to the profession. We are seeking a diverse pool of nominees for these prestigious awards. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Do You Have a Great Idea for a Webinar?

AFS is seeking member input for upcoming webinar topics for March 2022 and beyond!
Submit webinar suggestions online!

Share Your Expertise

AFS is currently accepting proposals for Continuing Education courses. Continuing Education courses are half- and full-day sessions that will be scheduled prior to the start of the Annual Meeting in Spokane. Submit your proposals online through February 18th!


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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