Latest AFS Publications

A Voyage That Changed the Way I Thought about Life at Sea

Carol Glor West Genesee Middle School, Camillus, NY 13031 A teacher for 17 years, Carol Glor currently teaches home and career skills to sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders at West Genesee Middle School in Camillus, New York. The scallop survey was her first hands-on field experience. In an interview in the local newspaper, Eagle Observer, shortly... Read More

My Adventure Volunteering on NOAA Ships

Joseph Kunkel Department of Marine Science, University of New England, Biddeford, ME 04005 Joseph Kunkel is a research professor at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, and a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he conducted research and taught for 42 years. He grew up on a tidal salt marsh... Read More

NOAA Fisheries At-Sea Volunteer Opportunities: Hands-On, Hard Work, and a Great Experience

Shelley Dawicki, Northeast Fisheries Science Center. E-mail: [email protected] For decades, volunteers have played an important role in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries at-sea research operations, working side by side with federal researchers during a variety of surveys throughout the year. These include spring and fall bottom trawl surveys; summer surf clam Spisula solidissima,... Read More

Adventures of an Urban Angler

Christopher Moore, E-mail: [email protected] There’s not much finesse involved. Leave your dry flies at home, and try not to think in terms like pocket water or drift. When you’re hunting snakeheads in a shallow, urbanized stream, it helps to cover a lot of ground quickly. This means walking up and down the streambank looking for that... Read More

The Last Stand of the Barrens Topminnow

Phillip W. Bettoli U.S. Geological Survey, Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN 38505. E-mail:[email protected] Tucked away on the Highland Rim physiographic province in middle Tennessee is the Barrens Plateau region, home to one of the state’s most floristically diverse natural areas. This region is fairly unique in that it harbors plants... Read More

Q&A: Black Bass Diversity: Multidisciplinary Science for Conservation

An Interview with Michael D. Tringali, James M. Long, Timothy W. Birdsong, and Micheal S. Allen, editors. 2015. Black bass diversity: multidisciplinary science for conservation. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 82, Bethesda, Maryland. To purchase Black Bass Diversity: Multidisciplinary Science for Conservation, visit Why did you decide to write this book? Habitat degradation and introductions... Read More

Smartphones Reveal Angler Behavior: A Case Study of a Popular Mobile Fishing Application in Alberta, Canada

Jason T. Papenfuss, Nicholas Phelps, David Fulton, and Paul A. Venturelli Successfully managing fisheries and controlling the spread of invasive species depends on the ability to describe and predict angler behavior. However, finite resources restrict conventional survey approaches and tend to produce retrospective data that are limited in time or space and rely on intentions... Read More

Living Fossil Fishes

by Natalie Sopinka—AFS Contributing Writer [email protected] Solomon David lives and breathes for all things Bowfin Amia calva, sturgeon, lungfish, and especially gar. How fitting, since these relics of earth’s geologic past are still living and breathing today. The curator of the website, and Twitter account @PrimitiveFishes, David’s interest with ancient fishes started at childhood... Read More