spring newsletter


Tribal Outreach in Spokane

AFS recognizes the need to elevate Tribal voices and experiences in the fisheries profession. To support North American Tribal students and early career professionals, AFS is offering sponsorships to attend our Annual Meeting, August 21-25, 2022, in Spokane, Washington. This will provide opportunities for Tribal college students and early career professionals to attend an international fisheries conference, meet peers and other professionals, attend sponsored events, and broaden their horizons. The application deadline is Friday, June 3, 2022.

Climate Communications Training

Want to learn the skills needed for meaningful dialogues on the impacts that our changing climate is having on our fisheries science and aquatic resources? AFS is offering a new Climate Communications Training Track that explores narrative, connection, and presentation skills via in-person workshops at Spokane, online workshops before the Annual Meeting, and symposium offerings.

Spokane Aquatic Film and Photo Festival

The American Fisheries Society, Western Division, and Washington-British Columbia Chapter invite you to submit an aquatically oriented film and/or photograph, to be showcased as part of the 2022 Aquatic Film and Photography Festival at the AFS 152nd Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington. Film interest form submissions are due May 20; final film and photography submissions are due June 1, 2022.


JASM Mask & Vaccination Policies

As a reminder, proof of COVID vaccination will need to be provided at the Vaccination Check-in booth at the entrance to DeVos Place Convention Center before going to Registration to pick up your badge. Based upon significant challenges experienced by many registrants in obtaining Covid-19 booster shots, while we strongly recommend that all attendees get the appropriate Covid-19 booster, it is not being required for event entry. If you have exceeded the recommended time after your primary vaccination without getting a booster, we ask, but do not require, that you provide a negative Covid test.

Masks are required in all meeting venues. Speakers may remove their masks while at the podium giving their presentation. Masks should be worn at evening networking events except when you are actively eating or drinking, but masks will not be required at the Grand Networking Event on Thursday evening if we are able to hold it outdoors as planned.

Diversity at JASM

Be sure to take part in some of the many diversity events planned for JASM 2022, beginning with the BIPOC and LGTBQ+ events at the opening reception and continuing throughout the week. See the JASM JEDI Tool Kit for tips on creating a welcoming conference—and also check out the list of nearby minority-owned businesses!
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AFS Member Social at JASM

AFS members and friends are welcome to join us for a special social event at JASM! The social will take place on Wednesday, May 18th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Flanagan's Irish Pub. The event is open to non-members, so bring a friend who may be interested in joining. It is a great opportunity to network, meet other members, and have fun! We will be providing one free drink ticket (beer, house wine, or soft drink) to the first 300 attendees.


Tell Congressional Leadership to Pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

Keep pushing for quick passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. Urge Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to quickly pass this historic conservation bill to save imperiled fish and wildlife. Help us reach 15,000 signatures before Endangered Species Day on May 20th!


Population Dynamics and Harvest Management of the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout Fishery in Bear Lake, Idaho–Utah

Very little research has been published associated with Bonneville Cutthroat Trout Oncorhynchus clarkii utah, particularly adfluvial populations of Bonneville Cutthroat Trout. This research contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of adfluvial populations of Cutthroat Trout across their distribution and will help guide future management efforts.

Kit-Based Sampling by Trained Fishers Yields Successful DNA Identification of Depredating Shark Species in the Marianas

Shark depredation is a worldwide yet not well understood problem that is responsible for economic losses in both commercial and recreational fisheries. The authors of this paper collaborated with fishers from the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific to identify depredating shark species via mitochondrial DNA barcoding of partially consumed fish from real-world depredation events.


Integrating Ecosystem Models with Long-Term Monitoring to Support Salmon Recovery

The Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment model (EDT) is a deterministic, life cycle-based habitat model developed to support the conservation and recovery of declining Pacific salmon Oncorhynchus spp. and steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss in the Pacific Northwest. This paper describes the integration of EDT with long-term research, monitoring, and evaluation in the Okanogan River in the state of Washington to support the ongoing conservation and recovery of steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act.


Gift Memberships

Give them a gift that will inspire their future…Give them the Gift of Membership! AFS Membership is a perfect gift for any occasion. When you purchase the gift of AFS Membership you provide a friend, family member, or colleague with the many benefits AFS has to offer, such as 12 issues of Fisheries Magazine, online access to all AFS journals, and discounts on books and meeting registration. Your gift will keep on giving year round!

Fish Passage Webinar

The Joint Committee on Fisheries Engineering and Science is hosting a free webinar on May 26 at 12 pm EDT: "BIL-ding Aquatic Connectivity: An Overview of Federal Opportunities to Restore Fish Passage Nationwide Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law." The webinar series is part of the committee's mission to engage scientists and engineers on topics related to fish passage. The committee consists of members of the AFS Bioengineering Section (AFS-BES) and the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI).


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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