Annual Meeting

AFS Cal-Neva Chapter Annual Meeting

58th Annual Meeting

April 9-12th, 2024 *Continuing education April 9

Redding, California

57th Annual Meeting

March 1-3, 2023, *Continuing education Feb 28

Hilton Long Beach, Long Beach CA

The March 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society Cal-Neva Chapter will take place in person, March 1-3 at the Hilton Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

*Continuing education courses & field tours will be offered on Tuesday, February 28th.

The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

Our 2023 theme is “Connecting the mosaic”. Fish need a diverse habitat mosaic such from freshwater to the estuary and/or the ocean. But fish are not the only ones in need of diversity. We need a diverse set of voices in fisheries as well to confront the many challenges that fish are facing today. Connecting the mosaic is all about connecting with people of diverse backgrounds in order to connect the fish to their conservation needs.

Our conference goal is to promote understanding of the changes in our climate already occurring, the changes ahead and how we can promote diversity for the resilience of species and diversity of thoughts and ideas stemming from diversity in fisheries professionals.

View Full Program Here

Other Conference Logistics

  • Parking will be $10 per day at the Hilton Long Beach for registered conference attendees. Upon exiting, you will use the voucher included in your registration package, to make your payment. Only credit cards payments are accepted.
  • Tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific will be included in your registration welcome package. These should be used for the Aquarium Social, Wednesday, March 1st from 4-6pm.
  • Show your badge! – Show your conference badge at participating restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues and claim a discount.

Registration Costs
*Early registration ends February 10, online registration ends February 22.
*On-site registration available, however there is no guarantee for Banquet Dinner, Student Networking Lunch, and Business Lunch meals

Student Members-Early Registration 65
Student Members-Late Registration 85
Regular Members-Early Registration 285
Regular Members-Late Registration 335
Young Professionals-Early Registration 135
Young Professionals-Late Registration 165
Non-members- Early Registration 335
Non-members- Late Registration 385
Retired members-Early Registration 195
Retired members-Late Registration 220
One Day Attendance – Late Registration 180
One Day Attendance – Early Registration 155
One Day Attendance – Young Professional 95


Additional Registration Costs

Larry Brown Trout Spawning Run 20
Gyotaku Workshop for Professionals 115
Gyotaku Workshop for Students 75
Beach Seine & Salt Marsh Tour 50
Beach Seine of nearshore fishes 30
Salt Marsh Restoration Guided Walking Tour 30

Introducing our Plenary Speakers

Dr. Chris Lowe, California State University Long Beach

Dr. Chris Lowe is a Professor of Marine Biology and the Director of the Shark Lab at CSULB. He and his students have worked on a variety of fisheries-related projects over the years, particularly focusing on aspects of fish physiology, behavior and ecology. His research has employed a range of technologies (e.g., acoustic and satellite telemetry, biologging, drones, AUVs, BRUVs), used to address questions related to the physiological and behavioral ecology of marine fishes, especially elasmobranchs, with fisheries implications.

Dr. Paul Barber, University of California, Los Angeles

Paul Barber is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. He studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Music at his home town University of Arizona, and then earned his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1998. Paul spent 3 years at Harvard as an NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellow before joining the faculty at Boston University in 2002 and then UCLA in 2008. Paul’s research program integrates genetics, genomics, ecology, and oceanography to understand the evolution of marine biodiversity, and uses this information to promote marine conservation. As a Latino committed to diversifying science, much of Paul’s research is done in the context of programs like The Diversity Project, a research-intensive summer program focused on increasing diversity in marine science. Paul’s integration of research and education and passion for mentoring diversity in science has been recognized by numerous awards, including the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching award, the UCLA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Award, UCLA Gold Shield Prize, and the SACNAS Distinguished Student Mentor Award. In 2017 he was named an HHMI Professor, and in 2020 was elected to the California Academy of Sciences.

Priya Shukla, University of California, Davis

Priya Shukla is a PhD candidate in Ecology at UC Davis. As part of her dissertation research, she is working with the Hog Island Oyster Companies to explore strategies for improving oysters’ survival in the face of climate change and marine disease. She is currently a UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellow and working with California Ocean Science Trust as a Science Engagement Specialist. An avid science communicator, Priya has a column with Forbes Science where she talks about climate change, ocean science, and the biodiversity crisis and has been featured in multiple outlets including Mother Jones, NPR, and The New York Times. She also recently published a children’s book entitled Marine Biology Activities for Kids. Prior to beginning her PhD, Priya received her Master’s in Ecology from San Diego State University and her Bachelor’s from UC Davis in Environmental Science and Management.

Schedule at a Glance

*Tradeshow will occur during the Poster Session Wednesday, March 1 from 6-8pm.

Merchandise! – order your conference merch and have it for the 2023 annual meeting!

Thank you to our Sturgeon level sponsors!

Thank you to our Chinook level sponsors!

Thank you to our Pupfish level sponsors!

Thank you to our Raffle sponsors!