Latest AFS Publications

Fisheries Magazine – July 2017

COLUMNS  President's Commentary Do We Advocate? Communications The King of Fish “Book Drop”: Generating Conversation and Shared Values about Salmon in Alaska Perspective Science and Advocacy in the American Fisheries Society: Seeking the Same Side of the Fence FEATURES  Shaping AFS Advocacy Based on History and Need Emerging Law of Scientific Integrity—A Bumpy Birth Always Advocating... Read More

Shaping AFS Advocacy Based on History and Need

We discuss the need for the American Fisheries Society (AFS) to be involved in advocacy efforts. In doing so, we summarize our history, offer examples of past endeavors, capture the challenges of representing the views of a complex membership, and explain the opportunities awaiting AFS and its members. Our conclusion is that the Society must... Read More

Is There a Solution?

By Joe Margraf, AFS President. E-mail: If you’ve been following my column, you know I grew up on the water and fishing. I had fish in tubs in our basement. I love fish and the outdoors. I started my career working for a state agency, but spent most of the first 10 years in... Read More

Can Amphibians Help Conserve Native Fishes?

By Niall G. Clancy | Department of Ecology, Montana State University, 310 Lewis Hall, Bozeman, Montana 59717. E-mail: Native fish populations have continued to decline worldwide despite advances in management practices. As such, new approaches are needed to complement the old. In many flowing and standing waters, larval amphibians are the dominant vertebrate taxa. This... Read More

Aquatic Biodiversity in the U.S. State Wildlife Action Plans

By Jonathan Mawdsley | Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 1100 First Street NE, Suite 825, Washington, D.C. 20002. E-mail:; Davia Palmeri and Mark Humpert | Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Washington, D.C. We surveyed state wildlife action plan (SWAP) coordinators in all 50 U.S. states; the commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern... Read More


COLUMNS Guest Column Wrinkles in Time Policy Column Revisiting (or Sharpening) Our Policy Mandate FEATURES  Conservation Challenges and Research Needs for Pacific Lamprey in the Columbia River Basin Targeted Catch-and-Release of Prohibited Sharks: Sand Tigers in Coastal Delaware Waters … and more! Members click below for the May 2017 Fisheries magazine's complete issue. Non-members, join here. Read More

The Dark Side of Safety

INTRODUCTION BY JOE MARGRAF, AFS PRESIDENT I feel so strongly about safety in the fisheries profession that I wanted to devote my column to the following piece written by our Second Vice President Scott A. Bonar. Bonar was compelled to write this by the sudden and untimely death of one of his graduate students. His... Read More


President's Column Sustainability R Us Policy Column AFS Shifts to New Approach in Policy FEATURES AND ESSAYS A Call for Evidence-Based Conservation and Management of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Standard Methods for Sampling Freshwater Fishes: Opportunities for International Collaboration How to Incorporate Experiential Learning in the Classroom to Address Complex Problems in Ecology Salient Needs for Conservation... Read More