american fisheries society newsletter

New Deadlines for 2021 Annual Meeting in Baltimore

Due to the new dates of November 6-10 for the 2021 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, several deadlines have now also shifted.
  • Symposium submission now closes on February 26.
  • Continuing Education proposals are also due on February 26.
  • Abstract submission for symposia papers, contributed paper sessions, and posters will open in late February and abstracts will be due by March 26.


Call for Urgent Action on Climate Change

AFS has called on President Biden to take urgent steps to reduce carbon emissions and implement research and mitigation projects to help protect fisheries and aquatic resources from the effects of climate change. We applaud his commitment to restore U.S. leadership on this issue at the global level and at home by finding legislative solutions, taking executive action, and appointing climate-focused personnel across federal government agencies.


New Featured Plenary Papers in TAFS

Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (TAFS) is excited to announce the inaugural TAFS Featured Plenary Paper in the January issue. This year's paper by Larry A. Nielsen discusses diversity issues in fisheries science. Transactions now regularly publishes Feature articles, and we've recently expanded to include Perspectives as well. Nielsen's article combines both, and through highlighting the life of Billy Frank, Jr., Nielsen provides a useful viewpoint to AFS members on a topic that has been the focus of a broader conversation in 2020. We hope that you'll find the TAFS Featured Plenary Paper interesting and useful each year, and we look forward to making a more formal connection between the AFS Annual Meeting and its journals.
Derek Aday, Editor in Chief

Climate, Fire Regime, Geomorphology, and Conspecifics Influence the Distribution of Chinook Salmon Redds

As climate changes, it is vital to understand how the distribution of salmon spawning habitat may change. The authors assembled a large-scale, long-term dataset of Chinook Salmon spawning nests (redds) and a host of environmental variables describing nearly 800 contiguous km of habitat in the Middle Fork Salmon River to build species distribution models. Their results identify the location of many Chinook salmon spawning habitats that could be of high conservation priority: those that are currently high quality and are likely to persist, or even improve, under projected climate change.


Letters to Fisheries

We are pleased to announce a new feature that will allow folks to bring up topics of interest to readers of Fisheries Magazine. The purpose is to provide readers a way to broach subjects and opinions that may be of interest to others and to promote discussion on fishery science, management, or AFS, but do not meet the criteria of a full Essay or Perspective article. Letters are limited to 200 words, not including references and submissions should be on topics germane to fishery science, management, or AFS. Please send submissions to Managing Editor Peter Turcik at [email protected].


Stock Assessment Webinar

Join us on February 10, 2021 at 1:30 pm EST for a webinar on "The Stock Assessment Process: Counting Fish," presented by Erik H. Williams, Ph.D., NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Beaufort Lab. Registration is now open.

Omega-3 Webinar with Author Paul Greenberg

Register now for a webinar on March 26 at 4 pm EDT with author Paul Greenberg on his new book, The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for Long Life and a Healthier Planet.

World Fisheries Congress Abstract Submission Reopened

Abstract submission for the World Fisheries Congress has now reopened! Abstracts are welcome in all areas related to global fisheries issues and key developments needed to ensure a sustainable future for our oceans, lakes, estuaries, and rivers, including commercial, recreational, and Indigenous fisheries. New abstracts are due February 15. Previously submitted abstracts remain valid; they may also be edited by the submitter if required.

International Fisheries Section Fellowship

The International Fisheries Section (IFS) is excited to announce the 2021 IFS Fellow Award for students and early career professionals. The Fellow will represent IFS/AFS with an oral presentation at the 2021 Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) Annual Symposium, July 5-8. Given current travel restrictions and the online nature of the 2021 FSBI Annual Symposium, the award recipient will be able to participate virtually in 2021 and may be able to use the travel funding to participate in the 2022 FSBI Annual Symposium once plans for the 2022 conference become clearer. Applications are due March 28.

2021 Hutton Program Applications Due February 15

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a paid summer internship and mentoring program for high school students to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including minorities & women. Hutton Class of 2021 student and mentor applications are now both open and are due by February 15 for students and March 1 for mentors.


EVENTS: See upcoming AFS and other events in our Events Calendar
CAREERS: For the latest JOBS postings from around the U.S. and Canada
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