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World Fish Migration Day Virtual Journal Issue

Our special virtual journal issue for World Fish Migration Day will be free access for a month! Enjoy reading about the journeys of trout, salmon, sturgeon, paddlefish, alewives, and lampreys in recent articles from three different AFS publications.


AFS Roots: James Alexander Henshall, the Apostle of the Black Bass

James Alexander Henshall (1836–1925) was a surgeon, naturalist, sportsman, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1836, he grew up spending summers fishing the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and the trout streams of the Maryland mountains. In Henshall’s autobiography, he joked that being born under the zodiacal sign of Pisces explained his ichthyologic and angling interests.

Anglers’ Views on Using Signs to Communicate Fish Consumption Advisories

This case study examined signs as a means of communicating fish consumption advisory information to English‐ and Spanish‐speaking anglers in North Carolina. A group of stakeholders, including representatives from local and state agencies, non‐governmental organizations, and academia, as well as 38 anglers, participated in focus group discussions about their knowledge and beliefs in the context of fishing in polluted waterways, including what they knew about fish consumption advisories and their perceptions of prototype signs.


Common Carp Are Initially Repelled by a Broadband Outboard Motor Sound in a Lock Chamber but Habituate Rapidly

Projecting sound into navigational locks has been suggested as a promising way to block the upstream movement of invasive species of carp (family Cyprinidae). Although the broadband sound of an outboard motor has been shown to repel several species of carp in laboratory arenas, its efficacy in a navigational lock is unknown. This study tested whether wild‐caught Common Carp Cyprinus carpio are repelled by this sound in a lock chamber in a similar manner to that observed in laboratory studies.

Speciation in Cisco with Emphasis on Secondary Contacts, Plasticity, and Hybridization

The Cisco Coregonus artedi is a planktivorous fish that is widely distributed in lakes across glaciated areas of North America. With retreat of Laurentide ice, Cisco dispersed from refugia into a vast network of meltwater (proglacial) lakes that eventually receded, stranding populations in depressions—today’s lakes. The authors of this paper reviewed Laurentide zoogeography to assess whether secondary contacts in the proglacial lakes were extensive enough to account for the distribution of sympatric lakes.


New Strategic Partners Program

Join us for Strategic Partners Program Orientation - 1 pm EST on Friday, November 6! AFS is launching exciting enhancements to its institutional membership in 2021 with a brand new Strategic Partners program. Beginning next year, this program will replace the existing institutional membership structure and allow your company or organization to select and enjoy expanded benefits and discounts, not available under the previous membership structure. To learn more about the program's enhancements, join us for this short webinar or visit the Strategic Partners website for benefit details, membership levels and an application form. Invitation and access links available online.

Webinar Topics and Speakers Sought

Now that we're all becoming more comfortable with online presentations, consider sharing your expertise by hosting a fisheries webinar with AFS! Our monthly webinar series for fisheries professionals features topics including research studies, book previews, career skills, and more. AFS is currently soliciting webinar topics and speakers for late 2020 and early 2021.

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