Navigating the Complexity of Fisheries Science: Charting a Course for the Future


Please join us for the 51st Annual Meeting Cal-Neva AFS conference in Eureka, CA, April 5-7, 2017.  We’re currently soliciting for a wide range of symposia, contributed papers, and posters that reflect the diversity of our Chapter, the challenges that Fisheries Professional face, and any new or innovative approaches to research and monitoring the aquatic resources within our region.

Call for Symposia: Proposals due January 14, 2017                                       Call for Contributed Papers and Posters: Abstracts due Febuary 25, 2017

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Post-docs needed to assess MPA’s


The University of California, Davis (UCD) Coastal Marine Sciences Institute, in collaboration with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), seeks to fill three postdoc positions in the science of adaptive management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  The State of California has implemented a network of 124 MPAs along its coastline through the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA;  It is in the process of developing a Statewide MPA Monitoring Program to inform the adaptive management of this network of MPAs.  The three postdoctoral fellows will each focus on a separate component of the science of adaptive management in an integrated program supported by frequent collaborative meetings with both UCD and CDFW mentors.

1.)  The Statewide Monitoring Fellow will focus on development of novel sampling plans and predictive models to compare monitoring data to model projections to inform effective adaptive management of the MPAs.  This position will be hosted by CDFW in Belmont, CA, and the CDFW mentor will be Becky Ota.

2.)  The ROV Data Integration Fellow will develop innovative approaches to analyzing spatially explicit visual data currently being collected by CDFW in statewide surveys of MPAs using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).  This position will be hosted by CDFW in Eureka, CA, and the CDFW mentor will be Mike Prall.

3.)  The Fishery/MPA Integration Fellow will focus on development of effective methods for the integration of MPAs into fisheries management under the Marine Life Management Act.  This position will be hosted by UC Davis in Davis, CA, and the CDFW mentor will be Sonke Mastrup who is based in Sacramento, CA.

Work by the postdoctoral fellows at these three locations will be closely coordinated through frequent electronic and face-to-face meetings.  Each position is funded for 18 months, and they will all begin at the same, earliest possible time.  The participating UCD mentors are Marissa Baskett, Louis Botsford, Alan Hastings, John Largier, and Steven Morgan. Full position descriptions are available for each of the positions at  Together these postdocs provide a unique opportunity to work at the academia-agency interface and advance the science of adaptive management in the context of one of the world’s most extensive MPA networks.

We seek individuals with a PhD in Ecology, Fisheries, Marine Science or a related field and research expertise in at least one of: MPAs, fisheries science, population dynamics, spatial ecology or ecosystem management.  The research will be highly collaborative, so the individuals will need to have experience and interest in effectively working in interdisciplinary teams on cross-cutting issues.  Applicants should have programming skills in languages such as R, Matlab or Python.

ONLINE APPLICATION:  Interested candidates should submit: a) a one-page cover letter that includes which of the three positions you are applying for (you will need to indicate in the letter if you are applying for more than one position and indicate your preferred position), and your anticipated start date, b) your CV, c) a two-page statement of research describing your relevant background and anticipated approach to the problem you would be addressing (including proposed UCD mentors), and d) the names and contact information of three scientists (referees) familiar with your work. Once entered, applicants will electronically request letters from referees who will then be prompted by email with upload instructions for their letter of recommendation.  Applicants also have the option of submitting a Diversity Statement (see  Please submit all materials to For full consideration, application and all materials (including letters of recommendation) must be received by September 12, 2016.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2016, and positions will remain open until filled. Email any questions to Shauna Oh (  The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.

Link to application:

Wanna get away? Apply for a Cal-Neva AFS travel award.

The AFS California Nevada Chapter (CalNeva) Semi Annual Travel Award provides monetary awards for deserving student or young professional applicants to support their attendance of conferences, annual meetings, or workshops.

Any member of the AFS who is active in fisheries, environmental sciences and management, or related aquatic disciplines is eligible to apply.  Established CalNeva Executive Committee members will select one awardee.  Selection is based on academic qualifications, professional service, and reasons for travel.  Criteria for selection will differ to applicants that are AFS members of good standing, who are presenting their research, and establish financial need. Travel support of up to $750.00 will be made available to two successful applicants for the 2nd half of 2016.  In addition, all awardees must submit an article to the AFS newsletter, Pisces summarizing the event which was identified for being the reason for travel no later than 1 month after the event.

Both part 1, Cal_Neva_Semi Annual Travel_Application 2016 (professional form) and part 2, Cal-Neva_Advisor-or-employer_Application_Semi Anuual _2016 (employer form) of the completed application must be received no later than Dec 15, 2016 at 5:00pm PST.  Note that part I and II of the application are separate documents.  This is Part I of the application and should be filled out by the applicant.  Limit all answers to the space provided.  Additional material will not be considered in evaluating applicants. Please complete the form and email as an attachment to

Workshop on Fish Passage and Fish Screening Sept 14-18

Workshop on Fish Passage and Fish Screening – Considerations for Planning, Design, and Operation
September 14-18, 2015
2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California

The goal of the workshop is for participants understand how to achieve the optimal design and operation of fishways and fish screens. Optimal fishway/screen design and operation maximizes performance (fish passage/diversion efficiency) to minimize injury, stress, mortality, and delay to migrating fish in a cost effective manner. The information provided will give participants a good foundation in fish passage and screening principles and techniques, which will enable them to be a contributing member of a design/operation team.

Although the focus of this course is on fishways and screens, other fish passage and guidance systems will be discussed.


1) Overview of California fish passageway facilities;

2) Components, functions, basic requirements and design criteria of efficient upstream adult fishway and downstream juvenile bypass facilities;

3) Passageway and guidance structure types and their advantages/disadvantages;

4) Pre-design data requirements for fishways and bypass facilities;

5) Culvert passage;

6) Fish behavior in relation to fish passage;

7) Geomorphic context; and

8) Common operational problems associated with fish passageway and screens and the appropriate corrective actions.


Monday 8:00 am- 5:00pm

Welcome, Announcements, and Introductions;
Mark Gard, USFWS, Sacramento Field Office

History, present, and future of fish passageways and bypass facilities, including federal and state guidelines; Literature
Marcin Whitman and George Heise, California Department
of Fish & Wildlife

Design Process
Rick Wantuck, National Marine Fisheries Service

Fishway Hydraulics and Fish Swimming Criteria; Fishway Design Guidelines for Pacific Salmon and other species;
Robert Hughes, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Tuesday 8:00 am-5:00pm

Fishway Hydraulics and Fish Swimming Criteria; Fishway Design Guidelines and Evaluation for Pacific Salmon and other species;
Robert Hughes, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Modeling of Fishways
David Crowder, National Marine Fisheries Service

Nature-like Fishways;
Randy Beckwith, California Department of Water Resources

Culvert Passage;
Marcin Whitman, California Department
of Fish & Wildlife

Wednesday 8:00 am-6:30pm

Field Exercise;
Marcin Whitman, California Department
of Fish & Wildlife and Randy Beckwith, California Department of Water Resources

Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fish Screens – Design, Evaluation, and Montoring;
Steve Thomas, National Marine Fisheries Service

Fish Passage at Large Dams;
Randy Beckwith, California Department of Water Resources

Dam Removal;
Randy Beckwith, California Department of Water Resources

Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fish Barriers and Guidance Devices;
George Heise, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Behavioral Fish Guidance systems;
Bill McLaughlin, California Department of Water Resources

Review, Questions and Answers, Course Evaluation

Workshop on Fish Passage and Fish Screening – Considerations for Planning, Design and Operation


Steve Thomas
National Marine Fisheries Service
NMFS-SWR Fish Passage Team
777 Sonoma Avenue, Room 325
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 575-6079

Robert Hughes
California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-0161

George Heise
California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-0161

David Crowder
National Marine Fisheries Service
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
UC Santa Barbara, Building 514
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155

Marcin Whitman
California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-0161

Randy Beckwith
California Dept. of Water Resources
901 P Street, Room 411A
Sacramento, CA 95814

Bill McLaughlin
California Dept. of Water Resources
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Rick Wantuck
National Marine Fisheries Service
NMFS-SWR Fish Passage Team
777 Sonoma Avenue, Room 325
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 575-6079

Registration is open. Go to eventbrite to register. Cal-Neva members get $200 off the registration prices of $800.

Check out the Proposed Symposia Titles.

Planned Sessions and Session Chairs

Planned Sessions and Session Chairs

1.       Going with the Flow: Maintaining Linkages in Regulated Rivers Systems – Scott Wilcox

2.       Human-Assisted Methods for Population Supplementation-Carlos GarzaRhonda Reed

3.       Native Fishes: Ecology and Conservation – Wayne Lifton

4.       Monitoring Matters: Making Informed Management Decisions – Heather McIntire

5.       Estuaries and Lagoons: Ocean-Watershed Linkages in a Changing Climate-Christina Toms

6.      Defining Fish Habitat- Joe Merz and Sean Gallagher

7.   Linkage between the Sacramento River and Northern Tributaries -Fish Response to Management.-Tricia Parker-Hamelberg

8 .Causes and Consequences of Life History Evolution:  Where Ecology and Evolution Collide-Joe Merz and Eric Palkovacs

9 .  Challenges and Applications for Salmonid and Watershed Recovery in Highly Altered Streams Cynthia Le-Doux-Bloom

10.  Great White Sharks: Recent Advances in Understanding Behavior and Habitat Use.  Cynthia Le-Doux-Bloom.

11. Monitoring and mitigating impacts from California’s continuing drought conditions-Michelle Workman

12. Contributed Papers – JD Wikert.

13.  Ecology and Conservation of Winter-Run Chinook Salmon-Steve Zeug

14.  Sandy Watersheds, Salmonids, and Salamanders- Denis Ruttenberg/ Barry Hecht

15.       Student Symposium – Denise DeCarion

16.”Restoration or Reconciliation?: Tidal Wetlands, Fishes, and Estuaries in California-Jim Hobbs


AFS 2015 Portland

Important Deadlines for Submissions

• 16 January 2015
Proposals for Symposia are due.
• 13 March 2015
Abstracts for posters, for oral papers submitted to contributed sessions, and abstracts for orals invited by a symposium organizer are due.

The Oregon Chapter and Western Division of the American Fisheries Society cordially invite you to attend the 145th Annual Meeting that will be convened in Portland from 16 to 20 August 2015. A diverse program, unconstrained by a single theme, will feature the latest scientific knowledge, management applications, policy implications, and educational pursuits related to freshwater and marine resources.

The city of Portland is blessed with an abundance of diversity and an appealing laid back and relaxed pace. The downtown area of Portland offers unique experiences and endless activities from wine bars in historic buildings to art galleries housed in modern buildings. The city is repeatedly ranked as one of the best walking cities in the United States. It is this walkability that will allow you to easily visit the countless restaurants, food carts, microbreweries, distilleries, and coffee shops that have led to Portland being recognized for its outstanding culinary and beverage scene. Portland and the surrounding Pacific Coast-Wine Country-Cascades-Columbia River Gorge landscapes provide endless opportunities for sightseeing, outdoor adventure, and fishing. The city of Portland and surrounding areas have something for everyone to enjoy in August 2015!

Donna Parrish is the new AFS president

BETHESDA, MD—Donna L. Parrish of Burlington, Vermont, has become the 130th President of the American Fisheries Society. Parrish is the Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and a Research Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She assumed office on August 20, 2014 at the AFS 144th Annual Meeting in Québec City, Canada, succeeding Bob Hughes, who became Immediate Past President.


“My priorities remain the same as when I ran for office four years ago: increasing educational opportunities for students and professional biologists, working on communication among AFS members, diversifying the fisheries workforce, increasing AFS involvement with other international fisheries societies, and increasing the transparency of the AFS Governing Board,” Parrish said.

Parrish’s major research interests include determining lake and stream fish population and community structure and function relative to basic ecological principles of competition, predation, and predator-prey interactions; and investigating multi-scaled habitat requirements, especially in salmonids. She earned her Ph.D. in zoology at The Ohio State University in 1988, her M.S. in biology at Murray State University in 1984, and her B.S. in biology at Southeast Missouri State University in 1974. Her long and active role in AFS includes service as president of the Northeastern Division and the Education Section, along with work on numerous committees and symposia.

“Donna’s impressive track record of leadership speaks for itself,” said AFS Executive Director Doug Austen. “We look forward to working with her to address some relevant and pressing issues and expect to make headway on many of the ambitious goals set forth in our new Strategic Plan.”


Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. 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. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.
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