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By Bryan Maitland, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wyoming   In the boreal forest – Canada’s largest biome that in conjunction with its circumpolar counterparts in Russia and Alaska contain the largest collection of lakes, rivers, and wetlands in the world – industrial activities related to the exploration and development of natural resources have created large networks of roads and in turn the construction of hundreds-of-thousands of stream-crossing structures. Due to the highly dynamic and stressful environment in which boreal fishes live (e.g. long cold winter and short growing seasons), they are extremely sensitive to additional anthropogenic stressors. Watersheds in west-central Alberta are an ideal example of this, particularly as they […]

AFS 2015 – Portland, OR

The 145th Annual General Meeting of the AFS ran between August 16–20 in Portland, Oregon. There were  over 3,200 fisheries professionals present and countless (well not technically countless) oral and poster presentations.  The trade show was the biggest ever and even included the infamous salmon cannon ( As is typical of AFS meetings, the beer, food, and conversation were pleasing. Canadians and CARS had plenty of things to celebrate. To start, there was a large western contingent of CARS members and plenty of talks on Pacific salmon! CARS members also cleaned-up on awards. Dr. Bruce Barton (retired, University of South Dakota) was awarded the Meritorious Service Award, Jake Brownscombe (PhD candidate, Carleton University) […]

Call for Applications! AFS Policy Fellowship 2016

Call for Applications! AFS Policy Fellowship 2016 AFS is continuing a competitive Policy Fellowship Program that started in 2014 and continued into 2015.  For the 2016, we seek applications for one half-time, six-month position to work on science, management, and policy issues related to freshwater flow and instream use. Requirements: Each applicant must be a member of AFS (in addition to any chapters or sections based on personal interest). This opportunity is open to members ranging from students to retirees. The Policy Fellow may have academic training and/or professional experience in the sciences, resource management, policy, law, or another relevant field. Applications (a one-page statement of interest and a separate […]

Posting for AFS Policy Analyst Position

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT AFS Policy Analyst Position Type: Full-time permanent                                  Location: Bethesda, MD (AFS headquarters) Application Deadline: September 18, 2015 The American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest society of fisheries professionals to promote the conservation, development and wise use of fisheries resources. AFS is seeking a Policy Analyst to work with the Policy Director and Executive Director on several critical roles to: (1) develop and implement AFS policy positions by working with established committees, Officers, and the Executive Director; (2) inform and empower the membership to enable them to influence the policy process; (3) develop and nurture effective partnerships with appropriate non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and state and federal […]