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Future of Fisheries and the Critical Role of AFS

Our final day of the Virtual Annual Conference looks back on our long history and also looks forward to meeting the challenges of the coming decades. We will welcome a past AFS president, Larry Nielsen, along with a panel of AFS Fellows who will discuss the future of fisheries. And don't forget to check out our Trade Show exhibitors one more time and get in those last-minute bids at the Virtual Silent Auction!

If you missed any of the live events of the past two weeks, recordings have already started being posted. If you haven't registered yet, you can still sign up to enjoy these recordings, along with more than 600 on-demand symposium, contributed paper, and poster presentations, which will be available for months following the conference.


Larry Nielsen

What Billy Frank Jr. Teaches Us about Fisheries - and Ourselves

Larry A. Nielsen is Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. A past president of AFS, Nielsen is a highly regarded public speaker and author, whose most recent book is titled Nature’s Allies: 8 Conservationists Who Changed Our World.

AFS Fellows Panel Discussion on the Future of Fisheries

  • Micheal S. Allen, Director - Nature Coast Biological Station and Professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida/IFAS
  • Kai Lorenzen, Professor & Program Leader, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Associate and Director, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida/IFAS
  • Jesse Trushenski (MODERATOR), Chief Science Officer for Riverence
  • Michael C. Quist, Idaho Coop Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Idaho
  • T. Douglas Beard, Jr., Chief of the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • Gary Whelan, Program Manager, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Julie Claussen, Director of Operations, Fisheries Conservation Foundation and President, AFS Science Communications Section
  • Gwen White, Adjunct Instructor , Ivy Tech Community College – Indianapolis, and Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Pat Mazik, USGS, West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, West Virginia University
  • Cecil Jennings, USGS, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Georgia




Fish Protection Prize

Join us at today's closing plenary session for the announcement of the winner(s) of the Fish Protection Prize. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office, in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will award $700,000 of combined cash prizes and voucher support to up to three innovators who develop ways to help protect fish from water intake pipes.

At the Trade Show

Take a break, grab some coffee, and take advantage of one more chance to 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.

Virtual Silent Auction Closes at 4:00 pm EDT

Bidding in the Silent Auction closes today at 4:00 pm EDT. Get in those last-minute bids on unique fishing and nature trips, art and photography, jewelry, fishing equipment, and books. Registration for the Virtual Annual Meeting is not required to bid at the auction.


#IWasHooked - Share Your Favorites

Pay it forward and share your favorite talks from the meeting - which ones told a great story, taught you something new, or just made you say "wow" with great photos, videos, or graphics? Use our new # i_was_hooked Slack channel or #IWasHooked on Twitter.


Baltimore 2021

Mark your calendars for the 151st Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, August 8-12, 2021. The past, present, and future of fisheries science will be on display as we bring together professionals from across North America and countries throughout the world under the theme of “Investing in People, Habitat, and Science.” Baltimore, also known as “Charm City,” is famous for its blue crabs and crab cakes, as well as its vibrant cargo port and location on the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore will be a fantastic place to continue to commemorate 150 years of fisheries science achievements, so be sure to join us for special celebrations throughout the conference.


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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