american fisheries society newsletter


Bringing Attention to Fisheries during Climate Week

This Climate Week, AFS urged Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to take action to protect fisheries from climate change by reducing global emissions and promoting land and water-based conservation solutions, which are critical to capture carbon and to make our rivers, lakes and streams, forests, grasslands, wetlands, and coastal systems more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Kerry will be representing the US at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.


Learn New Skills in Baltimore with Continuing Education Courses

Enhance your career skills with one or more of our affordable Continuing Education courses at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore on the following topics:
  • Fishpath Decision-Support Process and Tool
  • Introduction to R
  • Stock Synthesis (virtual course)
  • Database Concepts, Design, and Application
  • Environmental DNA (eDNA)
  • Plain, Simple, and Concise Writing
  • Intermediate R: Using {tidyR}
  • Rshiny for Interactive Data Dashboards
  • Spatiotemporal Analysis of Ecological Data

Register Now for In-person or Virtual Spawning Run

For 37 years, the Spawning Run 5k has been a tradition at the Annual Meeting! This year you can choose to participate on site in Baltimore at scenic Middle Branch Park or take part virtually whenever and wherever convenient for you. You can also enjoy a more leisurely stroll in our Carcass Crawl.

Call for JASM22 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 Friday, September 24, 2021.


Yes Virginia, Our Climate Is Changing (And There Is But One Solution)

The question of climate change, and what can or should be done about it, has become a politically charged controversy that has moved well outside of the scientific and technical questions that should compose the critical core of this discussion. And while climate change denialism is solidly and embarrassingly centered in my own nation, the impacts of denialism and climate inaction already impact our entire planet.

The AFS Climate Ambassador Program Will Help Bridge the Communication Gap in Climate Change Science

It is often said that as AFS members, we are great at speaking to each other. We love to share graphs and statistics, but that passion for data often doesn’t resonate with journalists, policymakers, or other audiences. The skills needed to connect with non-scientists about our work and how it relates to the changing climate generally falls outside the communication comfort zone for many of our members. The good news is that many fisheries professionals are looking to be part of changing the narrative around climate change, and are eager to develop the skills that will help them be effective in their communication efforts.


Evaluating Target Levels of White Pelican Abundance to Achieve Management Objectives for Adfluvial Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

Recent declines in abundance of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Oncorhynchus clarkii bouvieri in the upper Blackfoot River drainage in Idaho coincided with establishment of a nearby nesting colony and increased abundance of American white pelicans Pelecanus erythrorhynchos. A Bayesian state-space model that integrated survival and abundance data was used in this study to evaluate the effects of local pelican abundance on survival, abundance, and population growth rate of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. Photo credit: IDFG.



Free Color Printing

Beginning immediately, authors publishing in AFS journals will no longer be charged to print their figures in color. Our co-publisher Wiley has eliminated these fees, meaning all figures will post online and appear in the print version in full color, free of charge. Submit your manuscript today!

AFS Editors Want to Hear from You!

In the coming weeks, be on the lookout for a survey from the AFS Journals program. We want to know what we're doing right and where we can improve. Exciting incentives will be offered.


Baltimore Exhibit Space Still Available

Prime booth space locations in the Center for Fisheries Technology and Collaboration (CFTC) in Baltimore are still available! Your exhibit space will provide a hands-on way to show off your latest technology and services and reach more than 1,000 in-person attendees. Book your space now!

FITS Volunteer Opportunity

The Fisheries Information and Technology Section (FITS) is looking for help on the online CFTC Committee! All assignments are a minimal time commitment and are not technical in nature. We just need some assistance with reaching out to our fisheries friends and to our partner vendors. Please join us!


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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