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Take This Opportunity to Share Your Opinions!

AFS already received a large number of responses, but we want to give members (and non-members) one more opportunity!
We want to hear from as many people as possible. Please fill out the 2022 Membership Engagement and Satisfaction Survey (or Non-member Survey) that applies to you by September 30. Your feedback is important to us and will help guide AFS leadership and staff as we makes strategic decisions about current and future membership programs.

All participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for your choice of a free AFS book or a $50 Amazon gift card using a separate Google form. For questions, contact Membership Manager Kelly Kotche at [email protected].


Waters of the US before Supreme Court Again

On October 3rd, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Sackett v. EPA, a long-running dispute regarding whether certain streams and wetlands are “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) subject to protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Supreme Court could use this case as an opportunity to provide a majority opinion for a definition of WOTUS. The Sackett ruling could also affect how the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shape regulations. AFS and other science societies filed an amicus brief in the case.


Effects of Round Goby on the Benthic Invertebrate Community and on Diets and Growth of Yellow Perch and White Perch in Oneida Lake, New York

This study used long-term data to show that colonization of Oneida Lake, New York, by Round Goby caused substantial decreases in important benthic invertebrate populations. Significant decreases in density after Round Goby arrival were found for amphipods, caddisflies, snails, and zebra/quagga mussels.

Temporal Population Trends and Habitat Associations for Mountain Whitefish in Central Idaho

This study used long-term snorkel data (1985–2019) to estimate Mountain Whitefish population growth rates and evaluate factors influencing their occupancy and abundance in central Idaho. Populations in most subbasins were stable or increasing in headwater streams and in larger rivers.


Widening Cracks in an Already Leaky Pipeline

For those unfamiliar, the "leaky pipeline" is the continued loss of women along the career development pathway from junior to senior positions . Women make up 25% of the total membership of AFS roughly. The changing legal landscape will disproportionately impact certain states, socioeconomic classes, and women of color. What does this mean, not just for the United States, but for our profession? What can we do to ensure that the leaky pipeline of females into our profession does not rupture further?

Trophies, Technology, and Timescape in Fisheries Management, as Exemplified through Oklahoma's World Record Paddlefish

In this paper, the authors use world record Paddlefish Polyodon spathula catches to exemplify the origins and management of trophy fisheries and the human motivations involved within a continually compressing timescape of advancing fish finding, harvest capability, and communication and information technologies.


Call for Symposia for Latin America and Caribbean Fisheries Congress

Symposium proposal submission is now open for the Latin America and Caribbean Fisheries Congress, to be held in Cancun, Mexico, in May 2023. Symposium submissions, as well as proposals for innovative sessions and educational workshops, are due by October 1.

Save the Date for the 2023 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

The American Fisheries Society, President April Croxton, and the Michigan Chapter are excited to host the 153rd AFS Annual Meeting, August 20-24, 2023. Home to the iconic Blue Bridge and Grand River, AFS is thrilled to return to the city of Grand Rapids following a successful Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting held there earlier this year. As we continue to address the various stressors impacting fisheries and their ecosystems, we hope that this year’s theme, “Adaptive approaches to understand and manage changes in fisheries,” will stimulate a wide range of sessions as we bring together professionals from across North America and countries throughout the world.

International Fisheries Science Prize

Nominations are now open for the next International Fisheries Science Prize, honoring an individual for their contribution to global fisheries science and/or conservation. The prize is presented once every four years and consists of a commemorative medal, a plaque, and US $5,000. Nominations are due January 31, 2023 and the prize will be presented at the next World Fisheries Congress, March 3-9, 2024 in Seattle, Washington.


Climate Ambassadors Recruitment

Applications are now being accepted for the next class of Climate Ambassadors through October 1. Administered by AFS with the assistance of a team of dedicated and skilled science communication trainers, the Climate Ambassadors Program provides a specialized 2-year communication skills program beginning with orientation in December and training starting in January 2023. Ambassadors will learn a variety of specific communication skills with weekly follow-up opportunities to discuss and practice their application in different formats. Founded on the latest research on science communications, program trainings will be in-depth, interactive, and provide the tools for fisheries scientists to more effectively communicate with thought leaders, journalists, stakeholders, and lay audiences.

AFS Management Committee September Highlights

  • Convening the second journals retreat was authorized at the recent meeting of the AFS Management Committee on September 16. This retreat, modeled after the highly productive 2017 event held in Reno, Nevada, will bring together about 30 key editorial board members, authors, staff, and stakeholders to chart the course of our AFS journals program for the next five years.
  • AFS membership fees were authorized for a cost of living increase of about 12%, although it will vary slightly among membership categories. This biannual rate adjustment routine was authorized by AFS leaders in 2020 to allow rates to reflect changes in the cost of doing business that impact AFS operations.
  • Continued efforts to encourage all AFS members and Units to push for Senate passage of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act were described by Policy Director Drue Winters. Other policy efforts include a potential AFS statement on the lower Snake River dam removal and review of the implications of the Sackett case before the U.S. Supreme Court for the Clean Water Act definition of “Waters of the US.”
  • More information on past Management Committee meetings can be found at: https://fisheries.org/about/governance/governing-board/management-committee-minutes/


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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