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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. Full symposium descriptions are now available.

Baltimore Room Reservations Now Open

The 2021 Annual Meeting will primarily be held at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, with additional rooms available at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards across the street. Our room reservation blocks are now open, offering special rates for attendees.


Performance of Methods Used to Estimate Growth Parameters from Subsampled Age Data

Due to time and resource limitations, the growth of many fish species is evaluated with age and length data in a length‐stratified subsample of a sample from a population. In this Featured Paper in NAJFM, the authors compare the aged-only, weighted‐mean, and assigned‐age methods against two emerging alternatives, the reweighting and empirical proportion methods.

Do Carbonated Beverages Reduce Bleeding from Gill Injuries in Angled Northern Pike?

A recent surge in popularity has sensationalized the use of carbonated beverages to treat bleeding catch-and-release fish—an intervention that is purported to stop bleeding but has yet to be validated scientifically. The authors captured Northern Pike Esox lucius via hook and line and experimentally injured their gills in a standardized manner. Gill injuries were treated with Mountain Dew, Coca‐Cola, or carbonated lake water.

Exposure Time of Wild, Juvenile Sockeye Salmon to Open‐Net‐Pen Atlantic Salmon Farms

The authors identified and quantified the major migration routes through the Discovery Islands region of British Columbia to determine the degree that juvenile salmon use routes where salmon farms are sited, and measured the time spent near individual salmon farms in 2017 and 2018. These metrics contribute to the degree of exposure and can be used to inform risk analyses for British Columbia Sockeye Salmon populations.


How to Be an Ally to Women in Fisheries Science

Many efforts are underway to help address issues to increase gender equity in our field. It will take efforts from all to help address the issues facing women in our field, and men are important allies in this process and crucial agents of change. In this essay, the authors outline actions that can be taken to be active allies for women in fisheries science.

A Best Practices Case Study for Scientific Collaboration between Researchers and Managers

Effective engagement among scientists, government agency staff, and policymakers is necessary for solving fisheries issues, but remains challenging for a variety of reasons. The authors of this paper present seven practices learned from a collaborative project focused on invasive species in the Great Lakes region (USA‐CAN). These practices were based on a researcher–manager model composed of a research team, a management advisory board, and a bridging organization.


AFS 2021 Award Nomination Extension

Award nominations for 2021 AFS awards has been extended until June 1. 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!

Certification Application Deadline

Join the ranks of those who have demonstrated their credentials and commitment to the profession by becoming a certified fisheries professional! Second quarter certification applications are due April 21.


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