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Symposium Proposals Now Open for the 2023 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Grand Rapids Program Committee invites proposals for symposia, pre-conference workshops and continuing education courses, and innovative sessions that support the theme "Adaptive Approaches to Understand and Manage Changes in Fisheries" and look to advance the fisheries profession. Proposals are due by January 27.

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.

Latin America & Caribbean Fisheries Congress 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.


New Book Title

Reflections on Forest Management: Can Fish and Fiber Coexist? Edited by Robert J. Danehy, C. Andrew Dolloff, and Gordon H. Reeves.

Chapters review and describe the interactions of fish and other aquatic biota with forest management, including impacts of forest management to fish communities, unique impacts on migratory fishes, and impacts on other biota, including rare taxa. The development of forestry best management practices (BMPs) is presented from different perspectives and regions of North America, and several chapters highlight the role and efficacy of BMPs in supporting aquatic biota. The promise of BMPs as stewardship measures to make a difference in the sustainability and recovery of imperiled aquatic taxa is examined and evaluated.

Reflections is intended as a reference for aquatic biologists, foresters, and other natural resource specialists and as source material for anyone interested in exploring the evolution of the complex relationship of forest management to aquatic biota.

Annual Book Sale

AFS is offering more than 100 publications at greatly reduced prices. From now until January 20, 2023, take advantage of our Year-End Book Sale and save on selected titles. Complete your science library at dramatically reduced prices—all sale publications are priced at just $5.00–$10.00! No refunds or returns on this special offer. These reduced-priced titles are available through our online bookstore only, and sale applies to the complete hard-copy book only, not PDF downloads or ebook purchases.


Fisheries Seeks Editor-in-Chief

AFS is now seeking an Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for Fisheries magazine. The EIC ensures that the magazine objectives and mission are being met; recruits, appoints, and oversees a diverse editorial board; solicits high-quality contributions to the magazine, including review articles, select special issues, and special features; facilitates the peer review process; regularly liaises with the EICs of other AFS journals and the publications office to ensure program cohesion; and makes recommendations to enhance the vitality and prestige of the magazine. An annual honorarium of $10,000 paid quarterly is provided. To be considered, send a current curriculum vitae along with a cover letter of interest to [email protected].


Safe Passage of American Eels through a Novel Hydropower Turbine

Mature American Eels migrate down rivers to spawn in the ocean, and may pass hydropower dams where the risk of entrainment in turbine intakes is high. In this study, eels were passed through a novel propeller-style turbine with a survival rate of 100%, a substantial improvement over conventional turbines.

Effects of Hurricane Michael on Gulf Sturgeon in the Apalachicola River System, Florida

A near-direct hit by a major hurricane caused an acute mass mortality event among Gulf Sturgeon, a federally threatened species.


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Recovering America's Wildlife Act Update

We are sorely disappointed to report that the Recovering America's Wildlife Act was not included in the omnibus funding bill despite a tremendous effort by a broad bipartisan coalition. This bill was the last chance for passing the bill this Congress. We very much appreciate all of the hard work of AFS leadership, chapters, and members in getting this bill closer to reality than any time in the last 25 years. We will work to have it re-introduced next Congress and continue to build awareness of the need for significant, proactive, dedicated funding for state and tribal conservation of at-risk fish and wildlife. We appreciate the leadership of Rep. Debbie Dingell and Senators Martin Heinrich and Roy Blunt.


2023 Hutton Scholar Applications Now Open

Hutton Scholar applications for Summer 2023 are now open! 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 Officers' Retreat

The AFS officers recently gathered at the AFS offices in Bethesda for their annual retreat. The agenda included a diversity training session presented by Two Brown Girls, based out of Washington, D.C., which was also attended by AFS staff and diversity leaders.

Join the Cooperative Research with Stakeholders Section

When you renew your AFS membership, please consider joining the newest AFS Section: the Cooperative Research with Stakeholders Section (CRSS). The CRSS was established in May 2021 and dedicated to encouraging and facilitating research partnerships among scientists, stakeholders, and resource users, especially commercial and subsistence harvesters and recreational anglers. The CRSS also supports the popular Stakeholder Engagement Day events at AFS Annual Meetings. If you have already renewed your membership (thanks!), you can add the Section to your dues subscriptions by clicking on "Modify Billing Options" after logging in to your account. We appreciate your support of this new effort to support freshwater and marine research partnerships!

AFS Reflects on a Great 2022 and Wishes You a Happy New Year!

We have a lot to cheer about as we look back on 2022, with the JASM and Spokane meetings bringing together hundreds of fisheries professionals for networking, learning, and propelling their professional journey to yet another level. We are excited for 2023 with the Latin America and Caribbean Fisheries Congress and Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids in the works. As we head into the new year, be sure to renew your membership. To do so, 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].

Put the Gift of Membership on Your Wish List this Holiday Season!

For the holidays, put AFS on your wish list – ask for the gift of membership! If you’re not a member, send family or friends this link to learn more. If you’re already a member, the gift can be a renewal of your membership. Have the gift giver call 301-897-8616, Ext. 205, to talk to someone on our membership team or email [email protected]. We can take payments right over the phone. AFS membership is a gift that keeps on giving all year long!

Join The 1870 Society

Consider making a tax deductible contribution to AFS and join over 600 other individuals who have graciously given to support the Society’s work strengthening the fisheries profession, mentoring future leaders, and advocating for increased conservation efforts and science-based legislative polices.


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