Wetlands Thrive on Connectivity

Thomas E. Bigford, AFS Policy Director [email protected] Finally, courtesy of a federal rule issued in late May, society can push the pause button on the long debate about wetland policy and science. While the central issue of what is and is not a wetland was addressed in the final Clean Water Act (CWA) rule released... Read More

COLUMNS GUEST COLUMN Raising the Bar: Taking a More Strategic and Integrated Approach to AFS Communications Gwen White POLICY Wetlands Thrive on Connectivity Thomas E. Bigford MEMBER VOICE Value Added by Being a Member of a Professional Society Sean Lucey AFS NEWS The Sordid Trail of an AFS Response to New York Times Op-Ed Piece Douglas Austen... Read More

Interview with Jay Hemdal, Toledo Zoo Fish Curator

Jay Hemdal has been the aquarium curator for the Toledo Zoo since 1989. Prior to that time, he worked for the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and has written six books and close to 200 magazine articles on fish and aquariums. INTRODUCTION On the morning of... Read More

Photo of two members at the annual meeting poster session of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting

Improving Communication/Cooperation Among Aquatic Professional Societies

[su_members message=”This content is for members only. Please login.”    color=”#ffcc00″ login_text=”login”    login_url=”/membership/member-login/” class=””]At the 2014 North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) 34th International Symposium in Tampa, Florida, a session was held to discuss how NALMS, the American Fisheries Society (AFS), and the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) could better communicate/cooperate using the strengths of... Read More

Fishy Tales from Science Communicators in the Pacific Northwest

The following is a summary of the Science Communication Symposium held at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Washington- British Columbia (WA-BC) Chapter. A timeworn image of a dam on Toronto’s Don River appears on the projector screen. Vanessa Minke-Martin’s voice fills the room. “The Atlantic Salmon of Lake Ontario were an anomaly, when we think... 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