Fisheries Magazine

AFS, at Your Service

Throughout my time serving as an officer of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), I have engaged in many discussions concerning membership. Those discussions have concerned topics such as how many members we have, why we don’t have more members, why many fisheries professionals attend Chapter meetings but do not become AFS members, and what can... Read More

The International Pacific Halibut Commission and Social Media

  The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is a public international organization that was established in 1923 by an agreement between Canada and the United States. Its mandate is to perform research on and manage Pacific Halibut Hippoglossus stenolepis stocks within the waters of both nations. Every year the IPHC staff conducts numerous scientific projects to... Read More

Social Media May Empower Fisheries Students via Learning Networks

Photo credit: D. J. Orth. Social media has great, unrealized potential to improve student learning and engagement. Whereas some traditional face‐to‐face instruction may encourage “cram, pass, and forget” learning strategies, a holistic approach to student learning requires smart use of social media to facilitate long‐term personal, professional, and scholarly development. In this paper, I advocate... Read More

Social Media for Fisheries Science and Management Professionals: How to Use It and Why You Should

  Photo credit: scyther5/Shutterstock   Social media has revolutionized how people communicate with one another. This has important implications for science, environmental advocacy, and natural resource management, with numerous documented professional benefits for people in each of these fields. Some fisheries management professionals have been wary of social media use, in no small part due... Read More

The Need and Use of Open Educational Resources in Fisheries, Environmental Education, and Conservation

By Gary D. Grossman and Kirill Y. Chernoff Open educational resources (OERs) encompass a broad class of pedagogical resources that, by definition, are available to any user group, typically via the World Wide Web (Parisky and Boulay 2013; Islim et al. 2016). These resources range from electronic texts to raw data, to Web‐hosted videos, to preformulated class exercises. The vast... Read More

Policy Opportunities Abound in Atlantic City

By Drue Banta Winters It will not be long before AFS will convene its Annual Meeting in Atlantic City. The frigid temperatures, polar vortexes, and all the snow this winter has left me dreaming of my joys of summer—beaches, boats, and opportunities to be on the water. Visions of outdoor adventures that the Annual Meeting promises... Read More