American Fisheries Society









The mission of the American Fisheries Society 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.

The AFS, founded in 1870, is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists. AFS promotes scientific research and enlightened management of natural resources for optimum use and enjoyment by the public. It also encourages a comprehensive education for fisheries scientists and continuing on-the-job training. The AFS publishes some of the world’s leading fisheries research journals, including North American Journal of Fisheries Management and Fisheries.

AFS organizes scientific meetings where new results are reported and discussed. In addition to these primary functions, the Society has many other programs in areas such as professional certification, international affairs, public affairs and public information.

More than 100 chapters, divisions, student subunits, and sections carry out the mission of the society at the local, regional, and special interest level.

More information can be found at the AFS homepage:

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