March 21-24 2016 Joint Cal-Neva and Western Division AFS Meeting in Reno

On behalf of the California-Nevada Chapter and the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society, we are proud to announce the 41st annual meeting to be held in conjunction with the Western Division annual meeting, March 21st-24th 2016 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.  Please take a look at the first call for proposals and the website for the meeting


In Collaboration with the California-Nevada Chapter

 Monday, 21 March through Thursday, 24 March 2016

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89502

Conference Background

The theme of this year’s conference is “Fisheries, Society, and the Scientific Method: Challenging our perception of science, policy, and management”.

Science provides a basis for measuring environmental change, understanding how systems operate, and for predicting how altered environments might affect ecosystem function, services, and associated quality of human life. Many laws governing environmental conservation and management, including those governing use of fisheries resources, stipulate that policy and decision-making be based on the best available science. Yet, today, more than ever, science is questioned or thought of as a belief system rather than a process for determining cause and effect. This meeting will focus on the use of the scientific method for finding answers. We seek abstracts on a broad range of topics, including scientific approaches to endangered species, habitat management, changing environments, conservation, and interactions between science, policy, and society. Sessions will be organized based on topics that explore the work of our active members and non-members alike in helping achieve the mission of the American Fisheries Society and promoting the scientific method in the development of policy and decision making.


This call for session topics and papers seeks oral and poster contributions relevant to the conference theme.

Submission of Session Topics

   Proposals for Symposia must be submitted by 30 November 2015.

   The list of accepted Symposia proposals will be posted on 14 December 2015.

   If accepted, organizers must submit a complete list of confirmed presentations and titles by 30 January 2016.

   Those that wish to present in Contributed Papers or Poster sessions at the 2016 AFS meeting are required to submit abstracts by 21 January 2016, following the process described below.

   Confirmation of acceptance or refusal of abstracts will be communicated by 21 February 2016.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions are due 21 January 2016, and must include:

  1. Type of presentation preferred (oral or poster);
  2. A general statement of how it is related to the conference theme
  3. Presentation Title
  4. Author, full affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address;
  5. Name of presenter and contact person if different from first author\Students indicate participation in “best student paper or poster”;
  6. Students indicate participation in “best student paper or poster
  7. Text of abstract in 300 words or less;
  8. Write “2016 Western Division AFS Abstract” in subject line of email; and then
  9. Submit abstracts at:

Program Committee Contacts

  • Program Co-Chairs:

Cleve Stewart


Joe Merz