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 July 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 sacuna@mwdh2o.com.

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 marcin.whitman@wildlife.ca.gov

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.
AFS, american fisheries society, Burlington, Donna L. Parrish, University of Vermont, USGS, Vermont

The members of Cal-Neva AFS would like to extend a big thanks to all the contributors to the 2014 conference


Well the dust is finally starting to settle on the 2014 conference and the final numbers are coming in.  This was the largest and most successful Cal-Neva AFS chapter meeting in our 48 year history.  We had over 400 members attend the meeting in Old Town Sacramento.  We have so many people to thank including the sponsors, vendors, raffle donors and volunteers that made this meeting a huge success.  I will update this post in the coming week with the list of sponsors, donors, vendors and volunteers.  Stay tuned.

Best Student Paper and Poster Awards

For the 14th straight year, the Northern California District of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB) presided over the judging of student oral presentations and posters at the American Fisheries Society 48th Annual Cal-Neva Chapter Meeting that took place on March 27-29, 2014, in Sacramento, California.  Nine student papers and six posters were in the running for cash prize awards, including $150 each for Best Student Oral Presentation and Best Student Poster.  Best Student Presentation and Poster – Runner up were each awarded $125.  There was a tie for third place in the Best Student Presentation category, both of whom received $75, as did the Third Place Poster.  This year an Honorable Mention was also presented ($50) in the Best Student Presentation category. The 2014 award winners were:


Student Presentations

Best Student Paper                                         Megan Sabal, UC Santa Cruz

Best Student Paper – Runner Up                   Jamilynn Polleto, UC Davis

Best Student Paper – Third Place (tie)           Ethan Mora, UC Davis

Best Student Paper – Third Place (tie)           Tye Nichols, San Diego State University

Honorable Mention                                         Emily Miller, UC Davis


Student Posters

Best Student Poster                                        Katie McElroy, UC Santa Cruz

Best Student Poster – Runner Up                  Kristina Ho/Katie Lee, UC Davis

Best Student Poster – Third Place                  Sarah Baird, UC Davis


Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to the Northern (and Southern) California District, as well as AFS Cal-Neva Chapter member judges who participated in the student evaluations.

-Tom Keegan-