Types of Membership

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Individual Membership Types


Student Member (Max. 7 years)
You qualify for this membership if you are a student enrolled full-time in an approved educational institution. Part-time students or persons who were previously regular members are not eligible. The maximum allowed time is 7 years, after which membership is automatically changed to Early Career Professional.

  • Dues: $25.00

Benefits: all of the benefits as Regular Membership plus reduced Annual Meeting registration fee, and free access to AFS journals online and InfoBase.

Early Career (formerly Young Professional; valid for 5 years after graduation)
If you are a recent graduate, this category is for you! It is valid for five years after graduation. It was designed to give early career professionals Professional membership at a discounted rate. After five years, the membership automatically changes to Regular membership.

  • Dues: $50.00

Benefits: subscription to monthly Fisheries magazine, complementary online access to AFS journals, discounts on books and Annual Meeting registration, access to Membership Directory, professional certification

Regular Member
Designed for professionals who have held their degree for more than five years.

  • Dues: $100.00

Benefits: subscription to monthly Fisheries magazine, complementary online access to AFS journals, discounts on books and Annual Meeting registration, access to Membership Directory, professional certification

Life Membership
Why not make a wise investment? A one-time dues payment will carry you through your entire career.

  • Dues: one time cost $1,737.00 (includes lifetime subscription to Fisheries and all AFS journals online)
  • Please contact us to become a Life Member.

Benefits: all of the benefits of Regular Membership

Retired Member
Simply put, we appreciate the many years of service to fisheries and aquatic sciences. So, this category is designed to give our retired members an opportunity to continue to participate in the Society at a discounted rate.

  • Dues: $50.00

Benefits: all of the benefits as Regular Membership plus reduced Annual Meeting registration fee.

Low and Middle Income Countries

Qualification for this membership rate is based on the World Bank Country Classification where individuals from all countries except “high-income” (World Bank) qualify for the reduced membership rate.

  • Dues: $10.00

Benefits: all of the benefits as Regular Membership, plus complimentary automatic membership in the International Fisheries Section. Meeting registration is set at the student rate.

 

Gift Membership

AFS members may purchase a gift membership for a new member. Benefits are the same as Regular Membership. Please see the gift membership application form page for more details.

Honorary Membership

HONORARY MEMBERS are persons who, because of their outstanding professional or other attainments, outstanding service to the Society, or official position, have been elected to permanent dues-free membership in the Society. Honorary Members must be nominated by at least 100 active members and elected by a 2/3 majority of active members present at an annual or special Society meeting. A Life Member elected to Honorary membership retains the privileges of Life membership. Contact [email protected].

Golden Membership

AFS Golden Members are individuals who have been members for 50 years or more. This honor is automatically conferred and announced at the Annual Meeting each year.

NOTE: All membership dues and subscriptions are applied on a calendar year basis.  A print subscription to our monthly Fisheries magazine is included with dues, along with complementary online access to journals.  We offer discounts on books and meeting registration.  In addition, all members have access to the Membership Directory, Fisheries magazine archives, meeting podcasts, and minutes of the Governing Board.

Institutional Levels of Membership

Strategic Partners

Partnerships are critical to helping AFS achieve its mission, so we have developed a new Strategic Partners program for organizations closely linked to AFS to be engaged in our programming and mission.  The programs and priorities important to AFS are possible because of the contributions of expertise, money, and time from our members and partners. The new Strategic Partners options completely replace the existing Associate, Official, and Sustaining options and provide a single framework that employs all of the benefits that a relationship with AFS can confer to these members. It also creates an important pathway for these members to engage with AFS leadership. Strategic Partnerships are available at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Sustaining Levels to meet the needs of various types of organizations including universities, government agencies, NGOs, and businesses.

How do I become a member?

First, determine which type of membership is best suited to you.  There are six types of individual membership, each designed to meet different members’ needs, and three types of institutional membership.

When you join online, you will be directed to a membership portal where you can sign up with the appropriate membership type.  After completing payment, you will be able to login to this website and take full advantage of member content and tools!

Please note that all memberships are valid on a calendar-year basis. Dues received before September 1 will be applied to current calendar year; after September 1, dues will be applied to the next calendar year.

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