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World Fisheries Congress Session Proposal Deadline

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.

Symposium Proposal for Deadline 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.

Have a great idea for a continuing education course? Submit it by January 27.

Latin America & Caribbean Fisheries Congress Abstracts and Registration 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. Registration is also now open–register by March 31 to save with early registration rates.


Snake River Dam Removal Statement

At their midyear meeting this week, the AFS Governing Board adopted a policy statement in support of breaching the four lower Snake River dams previously adopted by the Western Division of AFS last month.

"Although the four lower Snake River dams and reservoirs provide hydroelectric energy for western states, irrigation water for agriculture, and allow commercial navigation to move grain and other goods efficiently, they have led to significant declines in fish populations. The best available science suggests that a significant portion of the lower Snake River must be returned to a free-flowing condition to restore Snake River salmon populations."

Final Rule on Waters of the United States

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army announced a final rule establishing a durable definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The new rule relies heavily on the "significant nexus" test. AFS has long-advocated for a science-based definition of WOTUS. A Supreme Court decision in the Sackett WOTUS case is now pending, in which AFS filed an amicus brief with several other science societies.

Draft 5th National Climate Assessment Available for Public Comment

A draft version of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) is available for a public review and comment. All comments must be submitted by January 27 via the USGCRP Review and Comment System. You must create an account in order to access the draft report.


Annual Book Sale Ends January 20

AFS is offering more than 100 publications at greatly reduced prices. From now until January 20, 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.


Swimming depths and water temperatures encountered by radio-archival-tagged Chinook Salmon

Radio-archival tags were effective for providing site-specific information on the movements of adult Chinook Salmon and the thermal conditions encountered during the spawning migration. This approach has numerous applications to other aquatic species and fishery issues. These data provide a baseline for comparing past environmental conditions and migratory patterns with those of present and future salmon returns, and are important in assessing the impact of climate change on salmon populations in northern rivers.

River-of-origin assignment of migratory Striped Bass, with implications for mixed-stock analysis

Migratory Striped Bass that occur along the Atlantic coast of the USA and Canada are structured into genetically distinct populations, corresponding to their spawning river of origin. The authors identified a suite of genetic markers that will enable fishery managers to determine the stock composition of the mixed coastal Striped Bass fishery.


Fisheries Seeks Editor-in-Chief

AFS is now seeking an Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for Fisheries magazine. The EIC is appointed for a three-year renewable term. Each EIC receives a $10,000 annual stipend, and full financial support to attend the AFS Annual Meeting.

Fisheries Wants to Hear From You

The AFS Equal Opportunity Section is excited to feature spotlight interviews, think pieces, experiences, novel research, and more relevant content authored by AFS members and other fisheries enthusiasts. We are open to a broad range of topics within diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (DEIJA) within the fisheries field and fisheries research. If you are interested, please email Kaylyn Zipp, Fisheries DEIJA Editor, at [email protected] with the subject line "EOS Submission Interest."

Don’t Miss Out Getting Fisheries Magazine in the Mail – Renew Today!

If you’ve already renewed your AFS membership for 2023, you have nothing to worry about! If you haven’t renewed and enjoy getting the membership benefit of receiving Fisheries magazine in the mail each month, you must renew by January 16 to avoid missing any issues. Renew today to continue receiving all of our other great membership benefits as well.

Please note: If your membership is not current, ALL online access to AFS publications will end on February 28. You can renew online by logging into your account. Need help? Questions can be sent to the Membership Team at [email protected].


2023 AFS Award Nominations Opening Soon

Awards nominations for 2023 are opening soon. Who inspires you? Recognize your heroes by nominating them for an AFS award! We will debut our new nomination system soon.

Instream Flow and Water Level Conservation Center Draft Feasibility Assessment

After two years of hard work, the Instream Flow Council and American Fisheries Society draft feasibility assessment to establish a national instream flow and water level conservation training and research center is now available for download and review. The 10-person Steering Committee is seeking public review and online feedback on this document from all interested stakeholders for accuracy, relevance, and need for this center using our online template. The committee also wishes to know if they have overlooked important elements, or perhaps have not described some components clearly. Responses will be reviewed by the entire Steering Committee to help them finalize this report and improve the prospect for successful establishment and operation of the center. Feel free to forward this notice of availability and review opportunity to others. The deadline for feedback is February 6, 2023.


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