american fisheries society newsletter


Awards Nominations Due June 1

Do you have a colleague who deserves accolades? This is your chance to recognize professionals who have made a positive impact on the fisheries field! Award recipients will be recognized at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore in November. Submit your nominations by June 1.

Skinner Travel Award Applications
Due June 1

Attention students! We encourage you to apply for the John E. Skinner Memorial Fund Award to receive travel support for the Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland (November 6-10, 2021). The application deadline is June 1 and travel support up to US$800 will be made available to successful applicants. In the event of a student electing to attend virtually, conference registration will be covered. Award winners also receive a one-year paid membership to AFS.

AFS 2021 Election

All AFS Members are encouraged to vote in the 2021 Officer Election! Members will receive an email with voting instructions on May 24th and voting will be open until June 25th. Get to know both candidates by watching our recorded webinar.


Recovering America's Wildlife Act: Sponsor Drive

The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the most impactful wildlife conservation funding bill in a generation. The next two months are crucial for recruiting more co-sponsors for this legislation. AFS Units can sign onto a group letter or use our letter template to quickly and easily ask your Congressperson to support this important bill. Individuals can email or call their member of Congress. For other ways you can take action, see our recorded webinar with The Wildlife Society.

Climate Briefing Webinar Available

In case you missed it, a recording of the AFS Congressional briefing, "Building Climate Resilience for Fish and Communities through Land and Water Conservation Projects," on May 4 is now available for viewing. In conjunction with emissions reductions, strategic investments in conservation and infrastructure programs can maintain and restore healthy land and waters that provide resilience for fish, store carbon, support clean drinking water, safeguard food supplies, reduce flooding, and support local economies.


Age, Growth, and Mortality of Atlantic Tripletail in the North-Central Gulf of Mexico

In the southeastern USA and Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Tripletail Lobotes surinamensis are increasingly targeted by recreational anglers, indicating that stock status should be assessed. From 2012 – 2019, Atlantic Tripletail were collected from the north-central Gulf of Mexico via hook-and-line and aged using otoliths and first dorsal spines. Empirical, life history-based mortality estimates suggested low levels of exploitation.

Reproductive Strategy of Continental Shelf Lane Snapper

Reproductive strategy in snapper seems directly related to whether a population or a species occurs over a continental or insular habitat. Since studies on Lane Snapper Lutjanus synagris reproduction have been mostly focused on populations associated with islands, the purpose of this work was to assess the reproductive strategy of a continental shelf population. Specimens (n = 1,165) sampled in the southern Gulf of Mexico along the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula between February 2008 and April 2010 were analyzed through histological examination of gonads. A male-biased overall sex ratio was observed, with females being preponderant in larger size-classes.


From Amazon Catfish to Mekong Money Fish: Size-based Assessment of Data-Limited Commercial Inland Fisheries

Inland fisheries are often complex, spatially dispersed, and seasonal. A lack of monitoring can result in unreliable or incomplete catch data, suggesting a role for assessment methods based on population size structure. This paper evaluates and compares empirical size-based indicators and the length-based spawning potential ratio model as candidate tools for assessing data-limited commercial fisheries in inland systems.

Morphometric Assessment of Golden Mahseer Populations in the Ganga River Basin, India

River fragmentation has adverse effects on fish populations due to restricted migratory pattern, resulting in risk of population extinction. It has been hypothesized that river fragmentation has led to changes in fish population structure. To test the hypothesis, 149 Golden Mahseer Tor putitora were collected from seven locations. Landmark–based “Truss” and “Geometric” morphometric differentiation was investigated to determine if variations in Golden Mahseer populations exist due to river impoundments.


We Have a Hunch You'll Like this Symposium

On the occasion of our 150th anniversary, we invite seasoned fisheries professionals to share their greatest unproven theories about fisheries science and management in the session, "I know it but I can’t prove it: Speculative predictions from limited evidence" at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Share lessons learned the hard way, and mistakes made along the way; offer us a glimpse of partial data sets and circumstantial conclusions, with the goal of suggesting new and potentially profitable avenues of research for future generations of fisheries professionals. Contact Brad Stevens at [email protected] for more information.

Save the Date for
JASM 2022

The next Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (JASM) of the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies will be held May 16-20, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Under the theme of "Rapid Changes - Collaborative Solutions" nine societies will gather to share science, network, and collaborate on common issues. This event is in addition to next year's regularly scheduled AFS Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington, in August.


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