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Symposium and CE Proposal Deadline Extended

Come celebrate 150 years of fisheries ecology, conservation, and management with fisheries students and professionals from around the world. Symposium and continuing education proposal submission for the 150th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, August 30 - September 3, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio has been extended one week until Tuesday, January 28th.


Electroimmobilization of Fishes for Research and Practice: Opportunities, Challenges, and Research Needs

As a result of growing demand for immediate‐release sedatives in fisheries research, electroimmobilization has been receiving increasing attention due to its superior induction and recovery times and practicality, particularly under field conditions. However, a review of electroimmobilization and its role in fisheries science has not been previously conducted. We describe and differentiate the various forms of electroimmobilization and attempt to standardize relevant terminology.

Adoption of AFS Standard Methods: The South Dakota Experience

In 2009, the American Fisheries Society published Standard Methods for Sampling North American Freshwater Fishes. Since publication, numerous management agencies have adopted AFS standard methods. However, few agencies have reported on the utility of AFS standard methods. Here we discuss the process of adopting AFS passive standard methods for sampling lakes and reservoirs in South Dakota during 2012–2017 by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks.


First Observation of Endangered Moapa Dace Spawning

Advances in underwater camera technology provide an affordable means to quantify the environmental conditions under which fish spawn. We deployed 12 modified security cameras underwater to identify environmental conditions related to the spawning behavior of the critically endangered Moapa Dace Moapa coriacea, a Mojave Desert stream‐dwelling cyprinid that had never been observed spawning and that had fallen to a low of 459 individual fish 4 years prior to this study.


Aquatic Science Societies Criticize New WOTUS Definition

The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies, a group of nine professional societies with a total of more than 20,000 member scientists, strongly criticized the new definition of the “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” announced by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers. The redefinition is inconsistent with the best-available science and removes protection for millions of stream miles and acres of wetlands that keep waters and watersheds healthy.

Clean Water Act Section 319 Hearing

AFS submitted comments on the importance of the Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program for a Senate Environment and Public Works hearing this week. Section 319 helps focus state, tribal, territorial, and local efforts on reducing nonpoint source pollution


January Webinar

Join us for a webinar with the editors of the new AFS book, Multispecies and Watershed Approaches to Freshwater Fish Conservation, on January 28. The book highlights innovative approaches to freshwater fish conservation, profiling case studies from freshwater systems throughout the United States that include diverse partnerships.

Hutton Mentor Application Deadline

We are celebrating 20 years of internships for the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program this summer! Hutton mentors hold the key to engage, inspire and enrich the next generation of fisheries professionals. Applications for Hutton mentors are open until March 1 for Summer 2020.

New Editor Named for JAAH

AFS publications is pleased to announce Shona Whyte will serve as editor for the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. Whyte is a research scientist, and adjunct professor and graduate faculty within the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College.

World Fisheries Congress Abstract Deadline

Abstracts for the 8th World Fisheries Congress in Adelaide, Australia, October 11-15, 2020, are due January 31.


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