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Vaccination Guidance for Annual Meeting

Coming to Baltimore in person? Learn how to meet the vaccination requirement and how to save time by uploading your vaccination information before you get there.

Virtual Attendee Experience

We know some of our members were disappointed to not get travel approval to come to Baltimore in person, so we're bringing the meeting to you with virtual attendance options!
  • Watch nearly 1,000 pre-recorded talks in 50 symposium sessions on-demand
  • View livestreams of Plenary Sessions and the AFS Business Meeting
  • Join live online symposium panel discussions
  • Learn new skills in online Continuing Education Courses
  • Network at fun interactive online evening events
  • Run or walk in the virtual Spawning Run & Carcass Crawl


Push for Recovering America's Wildlife Act

The Recovering America's Wildlife Act continues to build momentum on Capitol Hill, with 28 senators and 122 representatives now on board as co-sponsors. Now is a critical time to contact your members of Congress to tell them why they should support the Act! Learn how at our 30-minute webinar next week on October 12 with The Wildlife Society.


Best Practices for Communicating Climate Science for Fisheries Professionals

Climate change has been documented for over 120 years with increasing scientific rigor, and its impacts are already observable in marine and freshwater fisheries. But after decades of communication to underscore the validity of these changes, and the urgency for action, a large component of the public and many elected officials deny the scientific consensus and reject the need for action. Therefore, we outline a more effective strategy to convey the climate message to stakeholders and inspire them to act.

How Does Climate Change Affect Emergent Properties of Aquatic Ecosystems?

Emergent properties of ecosystems are community attributes, such as structure and function, that arise from connections and interactions among populations, species, or assemblages that, when viewed together, provide a holistic representation that is more than the sum of its individual parts. Climate change is altering emergent properties of aquatic ecosystems through component responses, a combination of shifts in species range, phenology, distribution, and productivity, which lead to novel ecosystems that have no historical analog. The reshuffling, restructuring, and rewiring of aquatic ecosystems due to climate impacts are of high concern for natural resource management and conservation as these changes can lead to species extinctions and reductions in ecosystem services.


Abundance Trends for Adult Pacific Lamprey in Western Oregon: Historic Declines, Recent Increases, and Relative Contributions from Coastal Rivers

The anadromous Pacific Lamprey Entosphenus tridentatus is native to the northern Pacific Ocean and its drainages, returning each spring to spawn in streams along the West Coast of North America. The authors of this paper analyzed abundance trends of adult Pacific Lamprey from dam counts and redd surveys in western Oregon and compared a series of generalized additive models to describe lamprey abundance trends.

Gastric Evacuation Rates of Spiny Dogfish, Goosefish, and Summer Flounder: Implications for Multispecies Models

The gastric evacuation rates of Spiny Dogfish Squalus acanthias, Summer Flounder Paralichthys dentatus and Goosefish Lophius americanus held at two different temperatures were determined in the laboratory by gastric lavage. Overall, exponential models provided the best fit for the evacuation rates.


Upcoming webinar: Climate Change and the Columbia River Tribes

Climate change will cause profound effects to the traditional "first foods" of the Native American Tribes of the Columbia River Basin. Join us on October 19 to hear staff from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission discuss their efforts to assess these effects and to develop climate adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Upcoming webinar: Coloring in the Lines: Mapping surface water presence in a rapidly changing climate

Low summer streamflow is the biggest single bottleneck to salmonid recovery in the Russian River basin. On October 20, Elizabeth Ruiz and Troy Cameron will describe how wetted habitat surveys have proven to be a useful, straightforward monitoring technique invaluable for making management decisions in the context of recovery targets.

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 by October 12!

2022 Hutton Mentor Applications Now Open

Do you want to help introduce future fisheries and aquatic scientists to our profession? Mentor applications for the 2022 Hutton Program are open! Submit an application today to recruit and inspire the next, more diverse generation of fisheries professionals. Click here for more information about the Hutton Program and Hutton Mentor responsibilities.

Certification Deadline

Ready to pump up your credentials? Is your FP-C status lapsing at the end of the year? Submit your application for Professional Certification by October 21st! This is the last chance to apply for or renew your Professional Certification before the end of 2021. Questions about your application? Send Mary Webb Banning, Educational Programs Coordinator an email at [email protected].


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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