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The American Fisheries Society…
- Includes 8,000+ members from around the world, including fisheries managers, biologists, professors, ecologists, aquaculturists, economists, engineers, geneticists, and social scientists
- Promotes scientific research and sustainable management of fisheries resources
- Publishes five of the world’s leading fish journals, and many renowned books
- Organizes scientific meetings where new results are reported and discussed
- Encourages comprehensive education and professional development for fisheries professionals
- Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (bimonthly, published since 1872)
- North American Journal of Fisheries Management (bimonthly, published since 1981)
- Journal of Aquatic Animal Health (quarterly, published since 1989)
- North American Journal of Aquaculture (quarterly, published since 1935)
- Marine and Coastal Fisheries (open-access, published since 2009)
- Fisheries (monthly magazine, established in January 1976)
- Included in AFS membership
- Featured peer-reviewed technical articles on all aspects of aquatic resource-related subjects, as well:
- professional issues
- new ideas and approaches
- and law
- Magazine components include:
- AFS news and current events
- book reviews
- focus on habitats
- focus on special fish
- social media spotlights
- calendar of events
- columns by the AFS president, executive director, policy director
- updated coverage of conference announcements
- Unit activities
- job announcements
- and career development
- Fish biology
- Introduced species
- Other related aspects of aquatic science
More than 180 titles are available, including textbooks, symposia proceedings, monographs, and other books in the Bookstore.
AFS hosts meetings and workshops…
A major Annual Meeting is hosted each year, and specialized symposia are held regularly on different topics.
- Approximately 2,000 fisheries professionals are expected to attend from around the world
- Dozens of symposia and hundreds of oral presentation and posters
- Continuing Education Workshops
- Trade Show
AFS Units also host 4 Division, 48 Chapter, and several Section meetings throughout North America annually.
Our largest meeting was the 141st Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, WA, September 2011, with:
- Approximately 4,000 fisheries professionals attended from around the world.
- 2,600 oral presentation and 500 posters
- 19 Continuing Education Workshops
AFS advises policy…
AFS occasionally takes positions on major fisheries-related issues due to its mission of conservation.
- Some policy statements include:
- Climate Change
- Use of Lead in Sport Fishing Tackle
- Marine Stocks at Risk
- Contaminants in Water Resources
- Exotic Species Introductions
- Statements are carefully reviewed and vetted by members prior to adoption
AFS promotes education and professional development…
- Professional Certification
- Awards and recognition
- Promotes strong curriculum
- Encourages professional minimum standards
- Promotes student involvement (AFS has 58 university‐based Student Subunits)
More about the Society
The American Fisheries Society has a long history which reflects the changes in the social and natural resources history of North America. Established in 1870 in New York City, the AFS was originally called the “American Fish Culturists’ Association.” The history of AFS is a fascinating story spanning many years, including:
- 130 Presidents (including 7 women)
- 7 Executive Directors (1st in 1965)
- 145 Annual Meetings (no meetings were held during World War II from 1942‐1945)
AFS is led by a team of leaders including an Executive Director, Governing Board and officers at every unit level. The leadership team is guided by several key organizational documents, including a strategic plan, constitution and rules and procedures.
Chapters fall within these geographic divisions. There are currently 48 Chapters in North America, including two bi‐national Chapters (Atlantic International, Washington‐British Columbia) and the Mexico Chapter. Chapters may in turn contain many Student Subunits, which serve as a way for students to be involved within their institution and network with local professionals.
In addition to this geographic division, Sections serve member needs by bringing members within a specific discipline or topic area together.
AFS is a member‐driven organization.