spring newsletter


2022 Officer Election Now Open

The 2022 AFS Officer Election is now open! Please check out the profiles of our two candidates for Second Vice President - Kevin Dockendorf and Gary Whelan. The Second Vice President elected this year will serve as President in 2026-2027. All AFS members who have renewed for 2022 were emailed their ballot information on March 28 - please check your spam folder if you do not see it (look for an email from "American Fisheries Society "), or log into your account to verify your membership status.


JASM Early Registration Rates End Soon

Enjoy substantial savings on your JASM registration by registering by Friday, April 1. AFS members should also check off the AFS membership box to save even more. Other important JASM deadlines:

Reach Members of Nine Societies at Once with a JASM Trade Show Exhibit

Great booth locations are still available for JASM! Learn how you can show your products and services to this unprecedented gathering of aquatic science professionals from every discipline.

Browse Spokane Symposia and Submit Your Abstract by April 8

Abstract submission for symposia and contributed paper sessions is open for the 152nd Annual Meeting in Spokane this August. Browse descriptions of each symposium session and submit your abstracts by April 8.


Probiotic Treatment Enhances Pre-feeding Larval Development and Early Survival in Zebrafish Danio rerio

This study was conducted by graduate students from developing countries participating in an FAO World Fisheries University pilot program. A highly original contribution of some interest, demonstrating that lactic acid bacteria positively stimulates Zebrafish Danio rerio development and survival prior to first feeding, even eclipsing the performance of healthy controls. Nearly all probiotic mechanisms are attributed to exclusion of pathogens or enhancement of digestion and absorption. This study casts serious doubt on that point of view.

If You Build It, Will They Come? An eDNA Assessment of Fish Assemblages on Artificial Reefs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

The use of artificial reefs has increased dramatically over the past several decades. One of the limitations of artificial reefs has been our inability to accurately monitor these structures following their deployment. The authors of this paper employed eDNA to monitor multiple reefs in the northern Gulf of Mexico and generated snapshots of the fish assemblages of artificial reefs in the inshore areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico.


Resurrecting an Idaho Icon: How Research and Management Reversed Declines of Westslope Cutthroat Trout

Westslope Cutthroat Trout Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi (WCT), the dominant nonanadromous salmonid in central and northern Idaho, historically were extremely abundant and widely distributed. Despite restricted harvest methods and limits since 1899, many WCT populations declined and by the 1960s, populations in several major drainages were on the brink of collapse. This paper describes fluvial WCT case histories that illustrate how research and management collaborated to rebuild populations.

Wes Neal: Gyotaku Printing to Fish Painting

The January issue of Fisheries featured an acrylic painting by Wes Neal, who has been a member of AFS for nearly 30 years. In recent years, Wes became very interested in gyotaku, a Japanese style of fish printing that dates back to the mid-1800s and his subject matter has evolved to other styles of painting.


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. Travel awards for the Annual Meeting are also available. We are seeking a diverse pool of nominees for these prestigious awards and self-nominations are also encouraged. Submit your nominations by April 1.

Society Diversity Survey

AFS is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society and profession. As part of our commitment, we’re asking for AFS members to participate in the 2022 Society Diversity Survey. This survey is being administered by Western Washington University and is funded through the National Science Foundation’s LEAPS award (Leading Cultural Change through Professional Societies of Biology). The survey is also being administered to other Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) member societies.

We are asking all AFS members to participate in this important survey effort. The questionnaire is short and is expected to take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please check your email for the survey link sent on March 3.

Unlimited Books On Demand

Talk to your employer or institution about joining the AFS Books Subscription Program! Over 100 books at your fingertips to download, read, and print at will. Each staff member enjoys unlimited access to the PDF version of all existing and future AFS titles including
  • Trout and Salmon of the Genus Salmo
  • Fisheries Techniques, 3rd edition
  • Telemetry Techniques
  • Investigation and Monetary Values of Fish and Freshwater Mollusk Kills
Subscription cost is based on the number of fisheries-related staff. Discounts available for AFS Strategic Partner organizations.

Dedicated to Steering You in the Right Direction

You are a fisheries professional – make sure you are a part of the society dedicated to the development and professional growth of its members. Our extensive membership benefits – the tools, resources, programs and activities, not to mention a strong network of peers and colleagues - will provide help and guidance as you advance in your career and profession. Getting the newsletter doesn’t mean your membership is up to date. To be sure, log in to your account. If you see a “Renew Now” button or link to “Join Now,” it’s time to reactivate your membership. For questions, contact Membership Manager Kelly Kotche at [email protected].


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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