Report from the President

AFS President Ron Essig

This year’s 146th Annual Meeting theme is “Fisheries Conservation and Management:  Making Connections and Building Partnerships.”  A fantastic lineup of scientific and networking events is planned for the annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, where AFS last met 50 years ago.

Major AFS efforts in 2015-2016 were to follow through on initiatives started in previous years including fisheries education, communications, policy development, collaboration with international fisheries societies, and society governance. Highlights of presidential accomplishments are…Read more

Accomplishing Our Mission - 2015 Highlights

AFS on Capitol Hill

The AFS Policy staff hosted three Congressional briefings in 2015 and two so far in 2016. The 2015 briefings focused on marine fisheries and were held in partnership with NOAA. In 2016, the U.S. Forest Service partnered on a briefing on Advances in Geospatial Tools to Enhance Smart Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems, and AFS hosted a […]

Meet a Hutton Scholar

Jordyn Jones, is an exceptional 12th grader from Tampa, Florida, who is currently mentored by Kathryn Guindon, Ph.D. at Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and co-mentor Josh Patterson, Ph.D. at the University of Florida. Under the collaboration of these two institutions, Jordyn is able to have a robust experience in fisheries research and marine science. Her […]

AFS Position Paper and Policy on Mining and Fossil Fuel Extraction

Following a four-year period of writing, member comment, and multiple revisions, the AFS Position Paper and Policy on Mining and Fossil Fuel Extraction was approved unanimously by the membership at the Society’s annual business meeting August 19, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. Read the entire document online or see the January 2016 issue of Fisheries for a […]

Journals Read around the World

Our publishing partner Taylor & Francis provides altmetric scores and other useful statistics about AFS journal articles. Who’s tweeting about fisheries science in our journals? Which articles have the most views?

Global Conference on Inland Fisheries

AFS provided registration, communications, and publications support for the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries at the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy, in January 2015. Recommendations from the conference were then synthesized into The Rome Declaration: Ten Steps to Responsible Inland Fisheries. In 2016, the conference proceedings book, Freshwater, […]

First Freshwater Fish ESA Delisting

The 2015 Presidents Fishery Conservation Award was presented to the Oregon Chub Team. In 2015, the Oregon Chub became the first freshwater fish species to ever be delisted under the Endangered Species Act. Below is a Fisheries interview with AFS member Paul Scheerer, project leader with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)–Native Fish Investigations […]

Report from the Executive Director

Executive Director Doug Austen

The American Fisheries Society has continued to strengthen itself this past year in a concerted effort to provide members with the impact and services they need and expect.  From the development of the strategic plan two years ago through the current implementation of the communications plan, AFS has restructured and strategically hired new staff to deliver on programs that will provide new member benefits.  These critical areas include new directors of communications and continuing education and an expansion of our AFS policy program.   The differences are already palpable….Read more