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Baltimore Abstract Submission Extended

As you may know, AFS moved its Annual Meeting dates to November 6-10, 2021. In an effort to address travel questions and other uncertainties, the abstract submission deadline for the 2021 AFS Baltimore Annual Meeting has been extended a few months to mid-summer. The Baltimore planning team is currently exploring all options to employ creative and flexible solutions to allow as many people to participate as possible.

We understand there is a great desire to convene, share our science, and build new partnerships, but the rapidly fluctuating COVID rate versus promising vaccination progress is making planning this far out difficult. As a result, we are rethinking our abstract deadlines, building new presentation opportunities, and creating ways for people to participate in the conference in a timely and efficient manner.

Please keep working on your abstracts (and feel free to submit them if you’re ready). We'll share updated timelines and details with you in the coming weeks. For more information, see our new Frequently Asked Questions page.


Climate Change Outreach to Congress

Building on Earth Day’s “Restore our Earth” theme, this week AFS urged lawmakers on Capitol Hill to urgent action to address greenhouse gas emissions for the sustainability of our fish and fisheries and asked them to support programs that maintain healthy land and water and restore degraded habitat. Land and water conservation projects not only support healthy fish, but help to store carbon support, clean drinking water, safeguard food supplies, reduce flooding, and bolster local economies.

Take this opportunity to share our climate statement with your member of Congress and remind them to join us for a virtual briefing on May 6!

Recovering America's Wildlife Act Introduced on Earth Day

The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, the most impactful wildlife conservation funding bill in a generation, was introduced today by Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) in the U.S. House. The bill will dedicate $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies the resources to implement science-based wildlife action plans and an additional $97.5 million for tribal fish and wildlife managers to conserve fish and wildlife on tribal lands and waters. With 40% of freshwater fish imperiled as a result of loss of habitat loss, pollution, water withdrawals, and invasive species and climate change will lead to further losses, but funding for science-based conservation actions can help to recover and sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations.

Join us for a webinar on May 4 to learn how you can support this effort!


Special Journal Section: Integrated Pest Management

Management of aquatic nuisance species has been an integral part of managing and conserving fisheries for most of the past century. Whether introduced intentionally or accidentally via commerce, natural disasters, or other causes, aquatic nuisance species harm ecological communities and economies. This special issue includes articles by administrators, practitioners, and researchers who have studied and applied Integrated Pest Management in aquatic environments.


Relationship between Predator and Prey in a Reintroduced Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Population

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT) Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi have experienced some of the most marked reductions in abundance and distribution among Cutthroat Trout subspecies. The population of LCT in Pyramid Lake, Nevada, has returned from the brink of extirpation, and although it is highly managed via stocking, the population is thriving and has recently started to reproduce naturally. The objectives of these authors were to determine (1) whether predator and prey remain tightly coupled, (2) whether LCT are food limited, and (3) the status of the LCT population with regard to the potential prey‐based contemporary carrying capacity.


Communication is the Key to Understanding and Change

Saying the words “climate change” can invoke a range of emotions, depending on your listener: denial or acceptance, hope or despair, global or local, damage or resiliency. Even though the terms global warming and climate change have been part of mainstream terminology for decades, the varied responses remain. It now is more important than ever to build bridges to a range of fisheries constituencies based on shared values regarding the resources impacted by climate change. Uniting citizens around the goal of protecting aquatic resources has never been more critical, while we still have the opportunity to avoid the projected worst‐case scenarios by taking real, positive action.

Standardized Broad‐Scale Management and Monitoring of Ontario Inland Lake Recreational Fisheries

There are ~250,000 lakes in Ontario that support important cultural, recreational, and economic fisheries. In 2005, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry adopted the Ecological Framework for Recreational Fisheries Management to tackle the heterogeneity of lake resources and angler mobility across the landscape, increase public participation in fisheries management, and streamline an ever‐growing list of regulations. Fishes, zooplankton, habitat, and angling activity are measured at each lake and provide the data needed to make evidence‐based fisheries management decisions. The data have benefited other provincial initiatives and provided significant contributions to the science of freshwater ecology.


Applications for New Mote Fellowship Open

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Mote Marine Foundation, AFS has established a new scholarship to support one-time awards to two graduate students per year, who are working in research that focuses on the conservation and sustainability of fisheries species considered popular for recreation. Eligible fisheries include those found in both marine and freshwater environments. Each award recipient will receive a one-time monetary award of $1,500. Apply by June 1.

Conservation Social Science Webinar

Curious about conservation social science? Want to know more about what it is and the many ways it can help us learn about our fisheries stakeholders? Join us on April 28th at 11 am EDT for a webinar with Chelsey Crandall of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who will provide an overview of the diverse fields and subfields that make up the conservation social sciences, discuss the many tools available to help us understand people, and cover some of the many different types of questions social science can ask and answer about our stakeholders. Registration is free for AFS members.

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!


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