american fisheries society newsletter


Online Spring Conference

If your Chapter, Division, or other AFS meeting was canceled, or you were unable to attend due to COVID-19 issues, you are welcome to join our Virtual Spring Conference! Reach a broad online audience and get your research out to your peers in this series of online presentations over the next several weeks. Participation and viewing are free but we are encouraging voluntary donations and seeking session sponsors to benefit the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program.


Meeting Status

The 150th Annual Meeting in Columbus (August 30 - September 3) is still planned to go ahead as scheduled. We are reevaluating the situation on a weekly basis, with the health and safety of attendees as our first priority. We have extended the deadline for abstract submission until April 20 and issued a special statement on our COVID-19 cancellation policies. See the list of accepted symposia and please go ahead and submit your abstract for a symposium or contributed paper session soon.

President's Message to Members

During this uncertain and unsettled time, I hope that all of you are healthy and well. As an organization at the intersection of science and society, AFS is committed to leading by example and incorporating science into our decision-making. We want to keep you up to date as we navigate these uncharted waters.
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Journal Deadlines

AFS journals and Fisheries magazine are aware that many of our authors, editors, and reviewers have new constraints on their time due to the increasing impact of COVID-19. If you need additional time to complete a task, or find you can no longer complete a current assignment please reach out and let us know.


Exploring Your Personal Fisheries History: The USFCS Albatross and Clinton K. Curtis

On our wall at home hangs a cracked, faded, large old painting. It depicts a mariner in a U.S. Navy uniform from the 19th century, standing on a ship's deck in front of a mast. This painting has hung in a Bonar or Curtis household for well over 100 years. The historical nature of the 150th Anniversary of the American Fisheries Society piqued my interest into all things aquatic, including my great, great uncle Clinton K. Curtis’ history. Until I started looking this year in earnest, I did not know of his connection to the early days of fisheries science.


Effects of Disparate Water Temperatures and Food Bases on Humpback Chub Growth

In this paper, the authors used translocation as a conservation measure to promote the recovery of an endangered freshwater fish species. They collected juvenile Humpback Chub Gila cypha from the lower 9.6 km of the Little Colorado River, Arizona, and translocated them upriver above a natural travertine structure called Chute Falls where the species was absent.


Governing Board Focuses on Climate Change Initiatives

During a half-day session at its mid-year meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, the AFS Governing Board identified four key climate change activities on which the Society will focus in the coming year: development of a climate communications trainee group, outdoor media outreach, a Capitol Hill briefing, and a fundraising initiative. Look for more information in subsequent e-newsletters about how to get involved.

Senators and Representatives Urge Support for State & Tribal Wildlife Grants

AFS and other organizations garnered support from members of Congress for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program with letters of support to relevant House and Senate subcommittees. The program, slated for deep cuts in the President's FY2021 budget, is critical for addressing species before they become endangered. The chronic underfunding and the proposed budget cuts to this program underscore the need for dedicated funding to match the scale of the problem, such as proposed in the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.


The Hutton Challenge

This spring, the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is highlighting the impact the program has had on its participants over the past 19 summers. Follow along on our social media outlets to read blurbs and comments from past Hutton Scholars about how their time spent in the Hutton Program has introduced them into the field of fisheries! This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hutton Program and we are asking for your help to create more opportunities for high school students who will be the next generation of fisheries professionals. If you would like to support the Hutton Program today, please visit:

2020 Award Nominations Extended

The award nomination deadline has been extended until May 1! Nominate your fisheries heroes or apply for Annual Meeting travel awards.

Upcoming Webinars

World Fish Migration Day has been rescheduled for October 24th, 2020, and our webinar with Herman Wanningen of the World Fish Migration Foundation has been rescheduled to April 30.

Registration is also open for our "Meet the Candidates" webinar with the two candidates for Second Vice President, Cecil Jennings and Julie Defilippi Simpson, on April 21.


EVENTS: See upcoming AFS and other events in our Events Calendar
CAREERS: For the latest JOBS postings from around the U.S. and Canada
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