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The Time is Now: 150 Years in the Making

Doug Austen | AFS Executive Director

The American Fisheries Society will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020. This milestone anniversary represents a century and a half of achievements to advance the field of fisheries and aquatic resources. Celebrating 150 years of fisheries science and conservation allows us to honor the past and set the course for the future. It also creates an opportunity for greater financial support. Over the next 2 years, AFS is organizing activities to recognize this milestone. One activity we are excited about is the launch of the 1870 Society, a giving society to recognize and encourage contributions from donors in support of the mission and programs of AFS.


AFS Addresses Biodiversity Crisis

In the wake of the recent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment that highlighted the accelerating rate of species extinctions, AFS joined The Wildlife Society and the National Wildlife Federation in submitting a letter to Congress calling for dedicated conservation funding through the Recovering America's Wildlife Act.


Sturgeon and Paddlefish Migration: Evidence to Support the Need for Interjurisdictional Management

Before management strategies can be implemented for Paddlefish and sturgeon in the upper Mississippi River, quantification of movement patterns is necessary to determine the appropriate spatial scale for management.

The Spanish Mediterranean Fishing Guilds (Cofradías): An Example of Collaborative Management

The management of Spanish coastal fisheries is based on a mixed model where the centralised action of the government is combined with the self‐organisation of fishers in cofradías (guilds). The aim of this article is to explore the possibilities of these Spanish fishers’ organisations in order to improve the legitimacy of the fishery system and the sustainability of fisheries.

Use of Drones in Fishery Science

Drones are revolutionizing the way scientists gather information. Advances in technology have put the tools that were once limited to satellites and large aircraft in the hands of researchers from all fields. Drone technology has the potential to have a major impact of fisheries science. This Featured Paper (free access) outlines how any fisheries scientist can get started, and highlights some of the exciting contributions drones have already made to fisheries research.

Genetic Identification of Species Responsible for Depredation in Commercial and Recreational Fisheries

Depredation, the partial or complete removal of hooked fish (prey) by a non-target predator species, is a cryptic interaction that negatively affects predators, prey, and fishing industries. However, these interactions are rarely observed, rendering positive identification of the predator near impossible. The authors tested a method for predator identification using genetic material isolated from bite wounds of depredated fish.


Unit Leaders Webinar

AFS will hold a webinar for all current Unit Leaders on Friday, June 7th from 1-2 pm EDT. The main topic of this webinar is “Tips and Strategies for Holding Joint Meetings,” either among AFS Units or outside organizations.


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