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Abstract Submission Now Open

Check out the list of accepted symposia for the 150th Annual Meeting in Columbus and submit your abstract for a symposium or contributed paper session today!


Atlantic Goliath Grouper of Florida: To Fish or Not to Fish

In this article, the authors discuss Goliath Grouper's biology, the controversy surrounding its protection, and the drawbacks of re‐establishing a fishery including: loss of nursery habitat, increasingly destructive episodic events like red tide and cold snaps, and the effects of mercury contamination on survival. Add to this the human health risk of consuming mercury‐contaminated fishes, and the argument supporting re‐opening the fishery evaporates.

Danish Fisheries and Aquaculture: Past, Present, and Future

Denmark has long fisheries and aquaculture traditions. Written evidence of aquaculture in Denmark dates back to 1241. Presently, production is dominated by land‐based facilities producing Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss. Here the authors present a short review of the history of these fishery sectors, including examples of their cultural importance as well as their current state and future perspectives.


Stray Rates of Natural‐Origin Chinook Salmon and Steelhead in the Upper Columbia River

Despite the importance of straying in understanding the ecology of Pacific salmon Oncorhynchus spp. and steelhead O. mykiss, most of what is known about straying comes from tagged hatchery fish. In this article, the authors provide estimates of donor straying by natural‐origin spring, summer, and fall Chinook Salmon O. tshawytscha and summer steelhead at three spatial scales in the upper Columbia River watershed by using PIT tags.

Performance of Survey Gears Targeting Elasmobranchs in an Estuary

Fishery‐independent surveys have become increasingly prevalent in recent decades for monitoring the population trends of highly mobile species like elasmobranchs (sharks and rays). Despite the utility of gear evaluations for streamlining costs and increasing efficiency, these assessments are sparse for elasmobranch‐specific surveys. Catch data were examined from a fishery‐independent longline and gill‐net survey that targeted elasmobranchs in Florida's southern Indian River Lagoon.


NEPA Revisions Comment Period

The U.S. Council on Environmental Quality recently released plans to substantially revise the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), one of the most important U.S. environmental laws. AFS and other science societies requested an extension of the comment period for these revisions, which are currently due March 10.

Marine Aquaculture Webinar

Marine finfish aquaculture in the United States represents an opportunity to provide domestic seafood, create jobs, contribute to coastal economies, and help improve community health. Hear from marine aquaculture experts about proper siting and husbandry, best management practices, appropriate technologies and tools to minimize or eliminate diseases, therapeutants, and controlling excess nutrients in benthic habitats and the release of nonnative species.


The Hutton Challenge

Last week we closed the application period for the 2020 Class of Hutton Scholars, which proved to one of our most competitive pools to date with more than 200 applications. In our 20th summer, we’re hoping to provide internships for 30 Scholars. We’re more than halfway there, and need help to reach our goal. If you want to help introduce the next generation to the field of fisheries science and management, visit the link to make a donation.

2020 Award Nominations

Not all heroes wear capes...Some wear waders! Nominate your heroes for AFS awards to be presented at the 150th Annual Meeting in Columbus by April 1.

Website Upgrades

Due to upgrades of both the AFS website and database servers, all AFS websites (except for Unit sites, monthly webinar, and meeting abstract submission) will be offline Wednesday, February 26th and possibly continuing into Thursday, February 27th. Membership renewal, bookstore purchases, and online journals access will be affected. Thank you for your patience!


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