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Call for 2020 Symposium Proposals

Come celebrate 150 years of fisheries ecology, conservation, and management with fisheries students and professionals from around the world. Symposium proposal submission is now open for the 150th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, August 30 - September 3, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Proposals are due January 21st.

Call for Continuing Education Proposals

AFS is accepting proposals for Continuing Education courses for the Columbus Annual Meeting, August 29-30, 2020. Submit your ideas by January 21.


American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society Joint Conference in Reno, Nevada

In September and October 2019 the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society joined together for an unprecedented gathering of fish and wildlife professionals. Nearly 4,400 attendees and guests participated in plenary sessions, poster events, continuing education, and social networking in the spirit of the conference theme, Common Pathways to Conservation. The joint conference featured a number of highlights to make it an historic event for collaborative conservation.

Poor Jack: The Plight of a Forgotten Fish

Fisheries scientists have been working on balancing fish population growth with human demand for decades, and currently many of Florida’s important fish species are protected via a myriad of management tools. However, there is one fish species that has been consistently ignored, despite it being extremely important!


Balancing Angler Utility and Conservation in a Recreational Fishery Using Decision Analysis

Recreational fisheries are often managed to provide satisfying fishing experiences for anglers while conserving wild fish stocks. However, managing recreational fisheries is difficult because fish populations are often infrequently monitored and fishing effort is uncontrolled; moreover, a satisfying fishery may draw many anglers, which may lead to enhanced risk of overfishing.

Soy and Wheat Pellets Reduce Lake Trout Embryos in Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake is the site of actions to suppress invasive Lake Trout Salvelinus namaycush. To increase suppression efficiency, we developed an alternative method using organic (soy and wheat) pellets to increase mortality of Lake Trout embryos on spawning sites.


Budget Boost for USGS Coop Units and Climate Adaptation Science Centers

AFS has long supported increased funding for the U.S Geological Survey’s National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) and Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units (CRUs). Both programs received a significant funding boost in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, signed into law last Friday.

DESCEND Act to Maximize Survival of Released Gulf Fish

The Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices (DESCEND) Act of 2019 will require Gulf of Mexico reef recreational anglers to carry venting or descender devices.
Photo: My FWC.

Agency Relevancy Roadmap

The Fish and Wildlife Relevancy Roadmap is now available from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). It provides practical, non-prescriptive guidance agencies can use to adapt to ongoing changes in the social, ecological, and economic context for fish and wildlife conservation. These changes include accelerated habitat loss, declines in biodiversity, the impacts of climate change, and a society that is increasingly diverse, urban, and disconnected from nature. In response to these trends, agencies must find ways to engage more people in conservation.

Seeking Volunteers for Climate Committees

Volunteers are currently needed for two AFS special committees related to climate change: climate communications and climate policy. Please contact Drue Winters at [email protected] to learn more.


World Fisheries Congress Abstract Deadline

Abstracts for the 8th World Fisheries Congress in Adelaide, Australia, October 11-15, 2020, are due at the end of January.


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