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Latin America Theme Day

On Tuesday we will explore the wonderful and diverse fisheries of Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Latin America Theme Day includes a live plenary address and panel discussion, along with several on-demand presentations on marine and freshwater fisheries in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Colombia. And don't miss our historic 150th AFS Business Meeting, including several award presentations.


Latin America
Tuesday, September 22, 1:00 - 3:00 PM EDT (GMT -4)

Keynote Presentation: Breaking Down Barriers to Fisheries Conservation in the Americas: Challenges and Future Implications, Dr. Felipe Amezcua Martinez, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mazatlan, Mexico.

Panel Discussion
  • Ramon Martin
    USFWS, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Region 4 office in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dr. Miguel Garcia Bermudez
  • Dr. Norman Mercado-Silva
    Universidad Autonoma Del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Dr. Thomas Kwak
    Southern Division AFS President
    Unit Leader, Professor
    North Carolina Cooperative Research Unit, NC State University
  • Dr. Gus Engman
  • Allan Brown
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Assistant Regional Director - Fish and Aquatic Conservation, South Atlantic-Gulf and Mississippi Basin Unified Regions
  • John Galvez
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    South Florida Fisheries Resource Office
  • Dr. Eva Salas
    Research Fellow at FISHBIO in Santa Cruz, California



Occurring during the AFS Business Meeting at 3:15 PM EDT.
  • Distinguished Service Award: Aaron Bunch, Clemson University
  • Award for Excellence in Public Outreach: Bob Lusk, Pond Boss
  • Outstanding Large Chapter Award: Cal-Neva Chapter
  • Outstanding Small Chapter Award: Utah Chapter
  • Outstanding Student Subunit Award: Lake Superior State University
Best Paper in Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
Sivakumar, S., Raja Swaminathan, T., Kumar, R. and Kalaimani, N. 2019. The Development and Characterization of a Cell Culture System from Indian Mud Crabs Scylla serrata. JAAH 31: 244-258.

Best Paper in Marine and Coastal Fisheries
Christopher C. Nack, Dennis P. Swaney, and Karin E. Limburg. 2019. Historical and Projected Changes in Spawning Phenologies of American Shad and Striped Bass in the Hudson River Estuary. MCF 11: 271-284 (open access).

Best Paper in North American Journal of Aquaculture
Benjamin J. Schall. 2019. Evaluation of Portable Water Filtration Systems to Reduce the Transport Risk of Zebra Mussels and Asian Clams during Fish Spawning and Trap‐and‐Transfer Operations. NAJA 81(3): 253-257.

Mercer Patriarche Best Paper in North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Zeigler, M., Rogers, K., Roberts, J., Todd, A., and Fausch, K. 2019. Predicting Persistence of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout populations in an Uncertain Future. NAJFM 39: 819-848.

Robert L. Kendall Best Paper in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
Samuel Shephard, Karen Delanty, Martin O’Grady, and Fiona Kelly. 2019. Salmonid Conservation in an Invaded Lake: Changing Outcomes of Predator Removal with Introduction of Nonnative Prey. TAFS 148:219–231


Visit the Trade Show

Take a break, grab some coffee, and browse the virtual exhibits at the Trade Show! See the latest technology, ask questions, and visit their websites. You can also chat with exhibitors in the Trade Show Slack channel.

Bidding Open in the Virtual Silent Auction

Bidding is open in the Silent Auction - browse through fishing and nature trips, art and photography, jewelry, fishing equipment, and books.

We are still accepting donations for this important fundraiser: experiences, park passes, artistic creations, tours, and more. Show off your hobbies and crafts, your favorite rivers and lakes, or your cabin at the lake - the possibilities are unlimited!


  • 11:45 - 12:45 PM EDT Past President's Virtual Luncheon (invitation only)
  • 3:15 - 4:15 PM EDT AFS Business Meeting


How to Network and Engage Virtually

Networking virtually requires learning a few new skills and a little extra effort, but can be fun and worthwhile. This quick 3-minute video will walk you through some of options such as Slack, Angling for Answers and asynchronous Q&A, and Twitter (#AFSvirtual2020).


It's not too late! All live sessions are being recorded and will be available for later viewing. Most papers and posters are pre-recorded and are available on demand 24/7 during and after the meeting.
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