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Abstract Submission Now Open

We welcome all people interested in fisheries science, management, and conservation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to join us under the theme of "Bridging Fish, Fisheries Science, and Conservation Across the Americas." The Congress will address both freshwater and marine systems and include 21 symposia, training opportunities, student events, and much more. Abstracts are due by February 10, 2023.

World Fisheries Congress Session Proposal Deadline Extended

Every four years, delegates from around the world meet to exchange ideas and perspectives about new research, emerging issues, scientific breakthroughs, and governance related to fisheries science, industry, conservation, and management. The International Program Committee is pleased to invite proposals for sessions for the 9th World Fisheries Congress, March 3-9, 2024 in Seattle, Washington. We encourage session proposals related to the meeting’s theme, Fish and Fisheries at the Water–Energy–Food Nexus, as well as any other timely and coherent subjects of broad interest to fisheries professionals. The deadline for proposals has been extended until January 13.


Conservation and Sporting Groups Call for Passage of Recovering America's Wildlife Act

With only two weeks left in the current session of Congress, conservation and sporting organizations representing millions of people from around the country joined forces to call for passage of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. The groups warned that failure to provide this additional funding for conservation efforts would endanger not only hundreds of at-risk fish and wildlife species, but the $862 billion outdoor industry, which employs 4.5 million Americans.

Klamath Dam Removal Project Reaches Major Milestone

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously voted to end the operating licenses on the lower four Klamath River dams, removing the last major regulatory hurdle to a $500 million project that would be the largest dam removal and river restoration project in the world.


Volunteers Keeping Tabs on Superheroes of the Sea: Florida's Adventure Coast

Horseshoe crabs (Limulidae) are ancient superheroes still walking our beaches today. Besides being a favored prey item for many fish, birds, and sea turtles, pharmaceutical companies use the horseshoe crab's unique blue blood to ensure intravenous drugs are free of harmful bacteria. Historically, horseshoe crabs thrived along Florida's extensive shoreline, but population estimates are lacking. Comprehensive surveys across all coastal habitats by paid faculty or staff are financially and logistically impossible. To address data gaps and better inform fishery managers, collaborators created the Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch program.

Citizen Science on the Beach: Grunion Greeters in California

Citizen scientist “Grunion Greeters” have proven to be effective monitors for beach-spawning runs of the California Grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, for nearly two decades. This marine fish fully emerges from water to spawn on sandy beaches on the Pacific coast of California and Baja California.


Social Fish-Tancing in Wisconsin: The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Statewide License Sales and Fishing Effort in Northern Inland Lakes

Since the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, outdoor recreation has exploded in popularity in response to closures of indoor recreation options, increased free time, and/or increased levels of stress. Researchers tested for the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sale of fishing licenses in Wisconsin and on vehicle counts that were observed at public lake access points in Vilas County, Wisconsin, in 2020. Sales of fishing licenses to first time buyers exploded in Wisconsin during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vehicle numbers at lake access points increased at lakes surrounded by more public land in the summer of 2020, suggesting increased fishing effort at "hotspot" lakes.


New in the Bookstore

Two books from the Instream Flow Council are now available through the AFS Bookstore!
Instream Flows for Riverine Resource Stewardship, often regarded as the “the bible on instream flow,” provides a relatively nontechnical understanding of key ecological features of rivers. Integrated Approaches to Riverine Resource Stewardship: Case Studies, Science Law, People, and Policy provides a close look at eight case studies of efforts to protect river systems throughout the USA and Canada, each considering the technical, political, regulatory, and legal steps that were taken to manage water in river systems under stress.

2023 Hutton Scholar Applications Opening Soon

Hutton Scholar applications for Summer 2023 open on December 12! Since 2001, the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program has worked to create diversity and stimulate interest in fisheries science and aquatic resource management by recruiting high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to be paired with a mentor for a paid summer internship. The deadline to apply is February 14, 2023.

AFS Memberships Expire at the End of the Month – Renew Now and Take One Thing Off Your List!

We know that December is a hectic time for many people! If you renew your membership now before time slips away and errands start snowballing, you’ll be able to mark one thing off your list! 2022 was a great year and AFS is working on several programs to make 2023 even better. If you’d like to renew your membership for 2023, simply log in to your AFS account and click on the “Renew Now” button to get started. For questions or assistance, contact the Membership Team at [email protected].

Give the Gift of Membership This Holiday Season!

Looking for a gift for that special student or colleague? Give them something you can’t buy in a store—an investment in their career and future by giving the “Gift of Membership.” Your gift will provide an aspiring fisheries professional a year’s worth of membership and access to all that AFS has to offer—networking, education, access to fisheries science research, professional development opportunities, and more.

Giving Tuesday All Week

It's not too late to support AFS in your year-end giving, even if you missed Giving Tuesday! Choose to give to fisheries today by donating to one of our many funds supporting student travel, fisheries policy, the Hutton program, general operations, and much more!


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