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Symposium Proposal Deadline Extended for 2023 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Grand Rapids Program Committee has extended the deadline for proposals for symposia, pre-conference workshops and continuing education courses, and innovative sessions that look to advance the fisheries profession and support the theme "Adaptive Approaches to Understand and Manage Changes in Fisheries." Proposals are now due by February 7.

Have a great idea for a continuing education course? Submit it by February 7.

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 training opportunities, student events, 21 symposia, and much more. Abstracts are due by February 10. Registration is now open—register by March 31 to save with early registration rates.


Call for Improvements to Infrastructure Funding Process

AFS and other conservation and science organizations called on the Department of Transportation to improve the implementation process for distributing infrastructure funding under Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

A previous AFS letter regarding agency coordination on fish passage under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law prompted a positive response from USFWS Director Martha Williams.

Meet the 2023–2024 Class of AFS Climate Ambassadors

The 2023–2024 class of Climate Ambassadors recently began their specialized science communication training program. This training will then be applied to informing and educating others about climate change and the impact on aquatic environments. Learn more about this passionate and dedicated group of aquatic scientists!


Rotenone Induces Mortality of Invasive Lake Trout and Rainbow Trout Embryos

This study demonstrates the susceptibility of invasive trout embryos to targeted applications of rotenone, a commonly used piscicide in fisheries management. Incorporating techniques that increase embryo mortality may enhance the effectiveness of suppression programs targeting invasive fishes.

Use of Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Assess a Case of Spinal injury in a Showa Koi Cyprinus carpio

Though magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a key part of evaluating patients for diseases of the nervous system, it has largely only been utilized in fish in research contexts. This paper puts forth one of the first usages of magnetic resonance imaging in a fish in a clinical setting.


Social Identities, Intersectionality, and the Experiences of Women and Women of Color in Marine, Aquatic, and Fisheries Science Professions

In many STEM fields, women are considered an underrepresented social group and have been the subject of research and initiatives focused on increasing their representation. However, research suggests that focusing solely on numerical representations of a single measure of diversity often ignores how combinations of identities influence experiences. This study investigates how women and women of color perceive the influence of their social identities (gender, race, and/or ethnicity) on their experiences in marine, aquatic, and fisheries science-related careers.

Hutton Scholars Gather for Second Annual Summit

Last July, 22 high school students from across the country came together in Bozeman, Montana for the second annual Hutton Scholars' Summit. The students were joined by AFS staff members Doug Austen, Lauren Maza, and Ashley Berniche, AFS Past President Leanne Roulson, and Montana State University faculty Chris Guy and Al Zale.


Hutton Scholar Applications for Summer 2023 Due February 14

Student applications for the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program are still open! High school students interested in learning about fisheries and aquatic sciences should apply by February 14 at Paid summer internship opportunities are available in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. Interested in mentoring a student this year? Mentor applications are due by March 6.

International Fisheries Science Prize

The AFS International Fisheries Section has extended the deadline for nominations for the International Fisheries Science Prize (IFSP) to February 15. The IFSP honors an individual for their contribution to global fisheries science and/or conservation and is presented once every four years at the World Fisheries Congress. The Prize will consist of a commemorative medal, a plaque, and $5000 USD.

Don’t Miss Out on Membership Benefits in 2023 – Renew Today!

It is hard to believe that we are already a month into the new year. If you haven’t renewed your AFS membership for 2023, do so today! We don’t want you to miss out on our many benefits, such as receiving Fisheries magazine in the mail each month, access to online journals and free webinars, discounts on meeting registration and books, and more!

You can renew online by logging into your account. If your account has lapsed or you need help, questions can be sent to the Membership Team at [email protected]. We can even take your membership payments over the phone at 301-897-8616, Ext. 205.

BASS Scholarships Available

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Noreen Clough Scholarship for Females in Fisheries
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Noreen Clough Memorial Scholarship for Females in Fisheries. In memory of the late Noreen Clough, the long-time U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service administrator and former National Conservation Director for B.A.S.S, her friends and colleagues established a scholarship honoring her contributions to the field of fisheries management and conservation, as well as her trailblazing role as a female leader in the American conservation community. Two $1,000 scholarships are available. See application information.
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Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Scholarship for Student Anglers Pursuing a Career in Fisheries Management
As many of the state and federal natural resource managers near retirement, there is a need to fill vacant positions with qualified individuals who understand and have a passion for sport fishing. To ensure that a pool of well-trained applicants is available for employers to choose from, Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is offering $15,000 in college scholarships in 2023 for students seeking a degree in a natural resource field with a career goal of becoming a practicing fishery manager with a state, federal, or provincial agency. Learn more.


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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