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Join Us for Diversity and Inclusion Theme Day!

Tuesday brings the first of our seven theme days at the Virtual Annual Meeting. The American Fisheries Society and the AFS Equal Opportunities Section are excited to invite you to join us for the Diversity and Inclusion Day. This opportunity is open for all those interested at no charge. We challenge those in the fisheries profession to “Learn, Engage, and Commit” to increasing diversity and inclusion (DI) in our society. Our primary goals for the day are to become more literate in DI, normalize DI discussions, and further develop action steps for AFS to take at multiple organizational levels. The live programming begins at 12:00 pm EDT.


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Mamie Parker

Dr. Mamie Parker spent nearly 30 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), serving as the first African American to head a regional office (Region 5), eventually rising to one of the highest positions in the USFWS: assistant director, fisheries and habitat conservation. Through her dedication and professional service, Dr. Parker has promoted demographic diversity. Her talk is titled, "Closing the Distance - Our Fears and Opportunities in the Midst of Social Movements and a Pandemic."


Emmeline Moore Prize

This career achievement award, named after the first female AFS president, Emmeline Moore (1927-1928), recognizes the efforts of an individual member in the promotion of demographic diversity in the Society. Dr. Ivan Arismendi of Oregon State University is a LatinX scientist with a strong commitment to serve as an example to students that science is available to everyone.



Fish Protection Prize

Nine innovative teams swim toward Fish Protection Prizes totaling $700k with their proposals for protecting fish at water diversions and intakes. Catch their pitch sessions Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am EDT. Learn about them and possibilities for future hydropower systems.

Browse the Virtual Silent Auction

Browsing is now open for the Silent Auction - look through fishing and nature trips, art and photography, fishing equipment, and books. Bidding will open the second week of the meeting on September 21.

We are still seeking donations for this important fundraiser: experiences, park passes, artistic creations, tours, and more. Show off your hobbies and crafts, your favorite rivers and lakes, or your cabin at the lake - the possibilities are unlimited!


11:30 - 12:30 pm EDT: Biomark Tech Talk
12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT: Exhibitors online at Trade Show



Guided Tour of the Virtual Meeting

AFS Meetings and Program Coordinator Steve Kambouris developed helpful video tour to show you how to find your way around the meeting, including using the search, finding live events, connecting with other attendees, and more!

Get Engaged and Network

All registered attendees have been invited to join our Virtual Annual Meeting Slack workspace (click here for invitation). Network with colleagues, introduce yourself, show off your presentation, ask questions, create polls, share photos, and get engaged!


It's not too late! All live sessions are being recorded and will be available for later viewing. Most papers and posters are pre-recorded and are available on demand 24/7 during and after the meeting.
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