spring newsletter


Last Chance to Vote in 2022 Officer Election

Polls are closing in the 2022 AFS Officer Election on Friday, April 29! 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 "[email protected]"), or log into your account to verify your membership status.


JASM Regular Registration Rate Deadline

Save on your JASM registration by registering by Saturday, April 30. AFS members should also check off the AFS membership box to save even more.

Also, please note that childcare reservations are still being accepted.


Ask Congress to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

As Policy Director Drue Winters explains in her column in Fisheries, we are poised to pass historic legislation with the power to reverse the rapid decline of fish and wildlife across America. Send a message with this short online form that conveniently lets you personalize a message to your members of Congress, calling for swift passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. Don’t stand on the sidelines—help this important bill get to the finish line.

Science Policy and Communication Opportunity at JASM

AFS works with its eight partner societies in the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS; aquaticsocieties.org) on a variety of issues related to environmental and aquatic policy. In order to equip the societies and their members to more effectively engage in policy and communication with lawmakers and decision-makers, AFS is hosting a science communication and policy training for all of the societies on Sunday, May 15, for half a day beginning at 8:30 am in person in Grand Rapids.

We are looking for AFS members of any career stage who will be attending JASM in person to take part in the session. The expectation is that moving forward the participants would also be interested in getting involved with CASS's future policy and outreach efforts. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this Google form.


Pacific Lamprey Translocations to the Snake River Boost Abundance of All Life Stages

This feature article highlights the tremendous efforts of the Columbia River Treaty Tribes to restore abundance of Pacific Lamprey Entosphenus tridentatus in the Snake River basin via translocations. This large data set of over 25,000 fish samples and many genetic markers (260) has helped build a strong case that translocations have had direct success at increasing larval and juvenile abundance, and one day translocations will return adult offspring to the Columbia River.

Vertical Line Requirements and North Atlantic Right Whale Entanglement Risk Reduction for the Gulf of Maine American Lobster Fishery

North Atlantic right whales are subject to entanglement in fixed gear fishery vertical lines throughout their range, with mortality risk increasing with line strength and spatial density. This study modeled the hauling load requirements of the Maine fishery for American lobster Homarus americanus using measurements of strain put on lines used in typical lobster fishery operations to determine the minimum strength necessary to fish safely and effectively.


Premature Mortality Observations among Alaska’s Pacific Salmon During Record Heat and Drought in 2019

Widespread mortality of Pacific salmon Oncorhynchus spp. returning to spawn in Alaska coincided with record-breaking air temperatures and prolonged drought in summer 2019. Extreme environmental conditions are expected to happen more frequently with rapid climate change and challenge the notion that Alaska could indefinitely provide abundant, cool freshwater habitat for Pacific salmon.

Science vs. Sensationalism: Lessons for Science Communication in Fisheries from Netflix’s Seaspiracy

The Netflix documentary Seaspiracy portrays serious issues driven by illegal and exploitative fishing, including stock collapse, habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, perverse subsidies, high seas crime, human labor abuses, and modern slavery. Certainly, an alarming number of fisheries remain overfished and exhibit these issues, particularly in places where industrialized fleets exploit waters that lack the capacity for management and enforcement. However, the film’s omission of any success stories biases a documentary on overfishing into agenda-driven propaganda.


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.

Climate Plan Comments

NOAA Fisheries invites public comment on seven draft 2022-24 Climate Regional Action Plans (RAPs) released last week. They are particularly interested in input on the clarity of the goals and activities, ways to strengthen the plans, and what additional goals and activities need to be addressed. Comments must be submitted by June 2, 2022 to be considered in development of the final RAPs. Information on the draft RAPs and the call for public input is available on their website.


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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