american fisheries society newsletter


Recovering America's Wildlife Act Progresses in Congress

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was introduced in the Senate (S.2372) last week by Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). This groundbreaking legislation is gaining momentum in both chambers in Congress, and now has 100 cosponsors in the House. A House Natural Resources subcommittee also held a hearing on the act and other wildlife and fisheries bills this week.

Aquatic Societies Urge Congress to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Seven aquatic science societies, including AFS, sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to protect our aquatic resources from the effects of climate change.


Baltimore Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching

Abstracts for oral symposium presentations, contributed papers, and posters are all due on August 16. To assist those who have experienced delays in their research and analysis due to the pandemic, we will also be offering late-breaking research "speed presentation" slots - more information to come this fall.

Child Care Available In Baltimore

The Baltimore meeting is family friendly! Professional child care will be available every day and during evening networking events. Register by October 1.

Sponsor the AFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore

AFS is excited to announce the opening of sponsorship opportunities for its 151st AFS Annual Meeting: Investing in People, Habitat, and Science, in Baltimore, Maryland. Invest in fisheries by sponsoring the largest and most important gathering of fisheries scientists, managers, and students. Sponsorship levels vary in cost, exposure, and exclusivity. Packages are both affordable and robust! Visit the meeting website for a downloadable brochure and to learn more about the meeting and sponsorship opportunities!


Summer Book Sale

From now until August 9, 2021, take advantage of our Summer Book Sale and save on more than 100 titles priced at either $5 or $10! Complete your science library this summer at vastly reduced prices.

Gray Literature at Your Fingertips

Conveniently search more than 3,000 gray literature reports from several state agencies, all on one website with PDF full-text searchability. Search by species name, year, author, agency, state/province, and more. Don't forget to sign up for keyword alerts - more and more agencies are adding their reports and documents each month!


An Interview with Jordyn Jones and Sean Landsman, Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program Alumni

Each summer, high school students gear up to get hands-on experience in the field of fisheries science through the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program. We were able to meet two alumni of the Hutton Program via video conferencing and learn about how their experiences as Hutton Scholars influenced their lives.

Out with the New and In With the Old: Reviving a Traditional Makah Halibut Hook for Modern Fisheries Challenges

Although fisheries challenges evolve rapidly, historical approaches may provide “new” tools for managers. In the state of Washington, the Makah Tribe have used čibu·d, their traditional fishhook, to target Pacific Halibut long before the advent of modern fisheries. The authors describe their experience in rediscovering this historical harvesting method, testing species selectivity, refining the approach, and producing a tool ready for application in modern fisheries management.


Hutton Scholar Summit

Virginia Tech welcomed 16 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program Scholars this week for the first ever Hutton Scholar Summit. This two-day conference allowed students to hear from university faculty and students, tour the campus and labs, and discuss career paths with state and federal agency employers. The Scholars also gave presentations on the work they have completed this summer, and they formed potential lifelong connections with other Hutton Scholars.

This summer's Hutton Challenge is still ongoing! Support this important paid internship program for high school students to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions today.

Call for JASM2022 Session Proposals

The Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (JASM) Program Committee invites proposals for symposia, pre-conference workshops and professional development courses, and integrated events which support the conference theme of "Rapid Changes ~ Collaborative Solutions." JASM2022 will bring together nine aquatic science societies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 14-20, 2022. Session proposals are due by September 24, 2021.


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