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Spokane Symposium Proposal Extension

The Call for Symposia has been re-opened until Friday, February 18, looking specifically for proposals addressing the following topics:
  • Hatchery management and supplementation efforts
  • Fish disease and pathogens
  • Policy
  • Regional topics of interest
  • Invasive species
  • DEI-related topics
  • AFS Section-related sessions
The Call for Abstracts will open in late February.

JASM 2022 Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for JASM 2022, the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting of nine aquatic science societies this May in Grand Rapids and online! Register by April 1 to save with early registration rates.

Trade show exhibitor registration is also now open - reach an audience of 4,000 estimated attendees from 9 societies in 1 venue!


Recovering America's Wildlife Act Congressional Briefing

AFS partnered with The Wildlife Society, National Wildlife Federation, and the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society to host a briefing for members of Congress and staff on the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. Appearing at the briefing to express their support were Representative Debbie Dingell and Senators Martin Heinrich and Roy Blunt. On the scientific panel, Mamie Parker provided examples of collaborative fisheries conservation projects similar to what could be funded through the Act.

Aquatic Societies Call for Return to Science-based Definition of Waters of the US

The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers on proposed revisions to the Waters of the US Rule. CASS called for the repeal of the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule and a return to a modified pre-2015 regulatory regime, as an interim step, while the agencies work to craft a more considered and durable definition of WOTUS consistent with current science and the Clean Water Act.


Adaptive Management in Practice and the Problem of Application at Multiple Scales—Insights from Oyster Reef Restoration on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Adaptive management has been adopted as the standard approach to inform the multi-billion-dollar post-Deepwater Horizon coastal restoration programs in the Gulf of Mexico. An adaptive management process can help restoration projects at multiple spatial scales—from local shorelines to entire ecosystems—by identifying critical uncertainties and guiding restoration actions away from trial and error and toward an evidence-based approach. Based on their experiences, the authors of this paper identify challenges that must be overcome in developing large-scale adaptive management in the Gulf of Mexico.

Temperature-Driven Shifts in Market Squid Densities and Distribution in the California Current Ecosystem

Market squid Doryteuthis opalescens comprise the largest fishery (by volume) in California and questions persist about whether the changing ocean conditions are leading to an increase in squid abundance in traditional fishing locations as well as marginal habitats in northern areas. To examine this potential phenomenon, the authors of this paper used fisheries-independent survey data collected by the National Marine Fisheries Service between 1998 and 2019 to develop a spatiotemporal model that estimates changes in the squid density from central California to northern Washington.


Don’t Miss Out on the February Edition of Fisheries!

If you’ve already renewed your AFS Membership, you have nothing to worry about, it will be in the mail on its way to you soon! If you haven’t done so already, renew today to continue receiving great membership benefits like getting Fisheries magazine in the mail each month. Please note: If your membership is not current, ALL online access to AFS resources will end on February 28. You can renew online by logging into your account. Need help? Questions can be sent to Membership Manager Kelly Kotche at [email protected].


Inland Fisheries Go to the “Fishician” for a Head to Tail Exam

Gretchen Stokes, winner of the 2021 Student Writing Contest, talks about her dissertation research to develop an assessment framework of threats to inland fisheries and their habitats to help monitor changes over time and improve sustainable use and conservation outcomes.

Cool Fish Columns

Do you work with a species that does something no other fish species does? Does your work focus on a fish that lives in only one place in the entire world? Fisheries magazine wants to hear these and other unique stories!

Email [email protected] for details.


Gray Literature Database Continues to Grow

Thousands of fisheries reports, documents, and other gray literature are now available through the AFS Gray Literature Database. Accessible online (, this is a freely available tool with full-text searchability for anyone to access. Agencies with documents that could be included into the database can also work with AFS to get them uploaded and available to the fisheries community. This project is funded by a Multistate Conservation Grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information, contact Peter Turcik at [email protected]

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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