american fisheries society newsletter


Online Spring Conference

Join our Virtual Spring Conference starting on Thursday, April 16! Participation and registration are free but we are encouraging voluntary donations and seeking session sponsors to benefit the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program. The final abstract deadline is Friday, April 17.


Final Abstract Extension

In light of the continuing challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, AFS is providing a final abstract submission deadline of May 18 for the AFS Annual Meeting in Columbus. We are closely following the virus situation and working with authorities in Ohio and nationwide to understand concerns about hosting the meeting. The health and safety of AFS members is clearly the primary concern with the Annual Meeting. Should the meeting be cancelled, AFS will be exploring all other options to allow for your fisheries science to be shared with others in an effective and engaging manner. Please submit your abstract so that we have a complete picture of potential participation if we need explore alternative plans.


Inexpensive, Underwater Filming of Rare Fishes in High Definition

Inexpensive technological advancements now provide fisheries biologists, managers, and researchers with means never before possible for documenting fish in their natural habitat via underwater videography. In this article, the authors investigated cost efficient and simple methods for capturing and creating high quality, high definition, and informative underwater videos that could be used by people with little or no previous experience in videography.

Ancient Ecology: The Quadra Island Clam Gardens

For millennia, humans around the world have managed terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Along the northeastern Pacific, First Nations and Native Americans sustained large, vibrant populations by developing diverse resource management strategies that increased food production and food security. The legacy of these practices continues to shape coastal ecosystems today. Motivated by ecological observations of Indigenous Peoples, ecologists Sarah Dudas, Kieran Cox, and Morgan J. Black, in collaboration with the Hakai Institute, have evaluated the effects of clam gardens on a range of coastal biota.


Serum Protein Analysis of Nurse Sharks

This study provides serum protein electrophoresis reference intervals (RI) for Nurse Sharks Ginglymostoma cirratum caught in south Florida. Five serum electrophoresis fractions were established based on mammalian fractions, albumin, alpha-1 globulin, alpha-2 globulin, beta-globulin, and gamma-globulin. Serum electrophoresis RI may be utilized to clinically evaluate the health of Nurse Sharks, both in captivity and in the wild, and to compare health in populations experiencing various anthropogenic stressors.


More CRP Farm Acreage Should Be Enrolled

AFS joined other science, conservation, and outdoor groups in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take advantage of recent program changes and encourage more farmers to sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program.


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2020 AFS Officer Election

April 20–May 20, 2020: All current AFS members are eligible to vote. Watch your email for a voting link and instructions on April 20th. And check out our Q&A with both candidates for Second Vice President:
Julie Defilippi Simpson and Cecil Jennings.

Meet the Candidates

Don’t miss your chance to hear from the Second Vice President candidates live online
at 1 p.m. EDT on April 21 in our "Meet the Candidates" webinar.

Goodbye, polybags!

Just when we all needed a little good news - Fisheries magazine and AFS journals will soon be mailed to U.S. addresses without a polybag wrapper! Read more to learn how this finally became possible.

Hutton Mentor Webinar

Are you interested in applying to be a Hutton Mentor but not sure of the responsibilities of hosting a high school student for the summer? Have you been a Hutton Mentor and are looking to learn from other mentors? If so, join us Friday, May 1st, at 12 p.m. EDT to learn more about the program and becoming a Hutton Mentor. We will hear from three seasoned Hutton Mentors as they share their experiences and best practices with the program, discuss the duties and responsibilities of hosting a Hutton Scholar, and provide guidance on giving your Hutton Scholar a summer they will never forget!


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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