american fisheries society newsletter


Baltimore Abstract Submission Now Open

Abstract submission for symposia, contributed papers, and posters is now open. Under the theme of “Investing in People, Habitat, and Science,” we welcome talks that exemplify the latest research in fisheries science and that will benefit a range of audiences with the aim of advancing the science of fisheries ecology, conservation, and management.


Call for Urgent Return to Science-based Clean Water Rules

The nine aquatic science societies of CASS urged the Biden administration to return to a science-based Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule, citing the loss of protections for millions of stream miles and acres of wetlands that will lead to dire consequences for fish, fisheries, wildlife, watersheds, water quality and supply, flood control, as well as the people and economies that rely on them. The effects of climate change on precipitation patterns, ephemeral streams, and isolated wetlands magnifies the need for quick action.

Groups Call for Nature-Based Climate Solutions

A coalition of 32 outdoor, conservation, and science organizations, including AFS, called for the Biden Administration to implement nature-based solutions to climate change along with greenhouse gas reductions. Land and water based management strategies in agriculture, forestry, grasslands, oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, and coastal areas could mitigate up to a third of carbon emissions while providing employment and economic opportunities, improving air and water quality, and benefitting fish and wildlife.


Officer Election Statements

Candidate statements are now available from our 2021 nominees for Second Vice President, Miguel A. García-Bermudez and Brad Parsons. Watch for an upcoming Q&A and a webinar session with the candidates! Voting will open on May 24 and a ballot with instructions will be emailed to all AFS members.


The 100‐Watt Method: A Protocol for Backpack Electrofishing in Small Streams

The authors present a 100‐watt protocol for backpack electrofishing to capture salmonids in small streams. The protocol requires that electrofisher settings produce ~100 W of average power output. Despite significant variation in pulse frequency, fish size, and water conductivity, the 100‐W target works for salmonids in small streams because fish are especially vulnerable to electrofishing in small water volumes where boundary effects concentrate the electric field. Avenues of further research are highlighted that would more fully evaluate the 100‐W method.

All Fish, All the Time: A Good General Objective for Fish Passage Projects?

Better understanding of the degree of “passability” needed to sustain robust sub‐populations upstream of barriers could help address and perhaps eliminate perceived trade‐offs between fish passage and other resource management goals. In this paper, the authors demonstrate how passage objectives less ambitious than “all the fish, all the time” may sometimes suffice to maintain populations of resident trout and anadromous salmon.


Digital Object Identifiers for AFS Books

AFS has created Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for over 100 book titles, along with their chapters. DOIs will aid indexing and discoverability of AFS book titles, much like our journal articles. We expect that the assignment of DOIs for AFS books will increase their reach and impact. Repositories, aggregators, and indexing services rely on DOIs to accurately identify scholarly research. Authors and researchers use DOIs to quickly locate and cite the source of the information. A DOI never changes, providing a persistent link to the research wherever it may reside in the future.

At the AFS Bookstore, the overall DOI for an AFS book is found on the book’s main page, below the bibliographic information. Clicking on a chapter link will take you to that chapter’s DOI page.
barnegat light fishing boat credit Peter Miller

Membership Vote on New Cooperative Research Section

At the mid-year meeting of the AFS Governing Board earlier this month, the Board unanimously authorized a vote of the membership to establish a new Cooperative Research with Stakeholders Section (CRSS). The establishment of a new AFS Section requires approval from the membership in the form of a simple majority vote. AFS members have already been sent a vote email with instructions, so check your inbox or spam folder. Reminders will be sent to those who haven't yet voted.

AFS 2021 Award Nominations

It’s that time of year again - AFS is now accepting award nominations for 2021! This is your opportunity to recognize a colleague who has contributed to the fisheries community. Awards include funding for travel to the Annual Meeting, for recognizing a career of contributions to fisheries management, and more! Nominations are due May 1.

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.


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