american fisheries society newsletter


World Fish Migration Day

World Fish Migration Day 2020 on Saturday, October 24, includes more than 300 events in 70 countries. Register now for a marathon online broadcast that will follow some of the events around the world, starting in New Zealand and ending with North America. You can also join the final session of the Eurofishion song contest and hear the announcement of the winners. And stayed tuned for free access to a special virtual issue of recent AFS journal articles related to fish migration!


AQUAA Act Introduced in Senate

The bipartisan Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act of 2020 to establish national standards for sustainable offshore aquaculture was introduced in the Senate in September. The bill would designate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as the lead federal agency for marine aquaculture. The legislation would also direct NOAA to harmonize the permitting system for offshore aquaculture for farms in federal waters, and direct the agency to lead a research and development grant program to spur innovation throughout the industry. Learn more about the need for this legislation in Fisheries.


There's More to Fish than Just Food: Exploring the Diverse Ways that Fish Contribute to Human Society

Fish are among the most biodiverse vertebrate groups on the planet, playing vital ecosystem roles, supporting considerable commercial, recreational, and artisanal fisheries, and delivering critical ecosystem goods and services for the world's human population. These intrinsic, ecological, and socioeconomic values of fish are well recognized. Much less widely appreciated are the diverse additional ways that fish have contributed to human societies.

Expanding Partnerships and Innovations to Implement Reform of a Large Columbia River Hatchery Program

Recent reviews of salmon and steelhead hatchery programs have led to recommendations to reform hatchery practices and produce better supplementation outcomes. Of particular concern were reductions in performance of supplemented populations due to domestication selection attributed to hatchery production. One key recommendation was to achieve an index of domestication selection termed proportionate natural influence of 0.67 or higher. The Priest Rapids Hatchery, located adjacent to the Columbia River below Priest Rapids Dam, was one of the hatcheries included in this review.


Understanding Life History Diversity of a Wild Steelhead Population and Managing for Resiliency

Diversity in steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss is often characterized by varying time spent in freshwater and saltwater environments. However, ontogenetic shifts are not often highlighted as an important diversity characteristic in salmonids. Larger water bodies can play a key role in population stability by buffering limited resources in smaller tributary systems. Based on freshwater and saltwater ages of adult steelhead in Fish Creek, Idaho, there were 12 different life history trajectories observed.

Factors Influencing Capture and Retention of Razorback Sucker in Light Traps

Light trap captures of larval, endangered Razorback Sucker Xyrauchen texanus are used to guide flow release timing from reservoirs and measure Razorback Sucker annual reproductive success in the Green River, Utah. However, little is known regarding efficacy of light traps to capture or retain larvae under variable and field‐relevant environmental conditions. Laboratory experiments were used to investigate various factors affecting capture and retention probabilities of five early life stages of Razorback Sucker.


Welcome to New AFS President Brian Murphy

We were pleased to welcome (virtually) Brian R. Murphy to the office of AFS President during the Virtual Annual Meeting. Learn more about Brian and his long involvement in AFS and fisheries education and research, and read about the four main priorities of his Plan of Work.

Volunteer Opportunities with AFS Committees

Looking for more involvement in AFS? We’re always looking for more volunteers! Learn more about AFS committees and submit a volunteer interest form today.

Building a Gray Literature Database

AFS was recently awarded a Multi-State Cooperative Grant to build a database and website for gray literature fisheries reports. The website is now operational and includes fully searchable reports from six states. If you are interested in your agency contributing reports, please contact Aaron Lerner at [email protected].

Renew Now for 2021

Now more than ever we need a strong community for fisheries professionals. Renew now so you don't lose access to AFS journals, book discounts, and event registration.

Climate Change Committee Vote

AFS members, please check your email for instructions about how to cast your vote on whether to designate the Climate Change Committee as a Standing Committee of the Society.


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