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Investing in People,
Habitat, and Science

The American Fisheries Society, President Brian Murphy, and the Potomac and Tidewater Chapters are excited to host the 151st AFS Annual Meeting, now rescheduled for November 6-10, 2021. Baltimore, also known as “Charm City,” is famous for its blue crabs and crab cakes, as well as a vibrant cargo port and numerous nearby fishing opportunities in the Chesapeake Bay, Patapsco River, and Gunpowder Falls State Park.  Baltimore will be a fantastic location to continue to commemorate 150 years of  fisheries science achievements, so be sure to join us for special celebrations throughout the conference. The past, present, and future of fisheries science will be on display as we bring together professionals from across North America and countries throughout the world under the theme of “Investing in People, Habitat, and Science.” We will solicit symposia topics, contributed papers, and posters that exemplify the latest research in fisheries science and that will benefit a range of audiences with the aim of advancing the science of fisheries ecology, conservation, and management.

Plenary Speakers

AFS will continue to add speakers as they are confirmed!

Aquatic and Fisheries Conservation in the Chesapeake Bay Region

Vincent O. Leggett

Founder & President, Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes

Vic Kennedy

Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Shifting Baselines in the Chesapeake Bay: A Brief Introduction


Celebration of the AFS 150th Anniversary – Fisheries and AFS Historical Perspectives

Brian Fagan

Author, Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization

Fishing as an Historical Human Endeavor

Brian Murphy

AFS President, 2020-2021 and Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

The Founding Five – The Creation of AFS

Christina Murphy

USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit & University of Maine

Mothers of Fishes: Inspiration from the Past to the Future

Larry Nielsen

Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University

Three Things the World Had Learned by 1871

Investing in Habitat and Science, with People and for People

Jessica Black

Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tamamta: Centering Indigenous Knowledge in Fisheries Governance

Lonnie Gonsalves

Environmental Scientist, NOAA National Centers for Ocean Science

Building an Effective Talent Bridge to Drive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) in Natural Resource Management

Dionne Hoskins-Brown

Fisheries Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service

 The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA as a Framework for Marine Ecological Research and Inclusion of African American Stakeholders

Outreach and Communications Day

Brian Palermo

Character Actor & Communications Consultant,
Palermo Improv Training

Connection Before Content:
It’s Time to Focus on You, Not Your Data

Ben West

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Professor,
University of Tennessee

Presentation Matters:
Communicating Science to Advance Conservation

Registration

Registration is now open for in-person or virtual attendance for the Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Members can save up to $200 on registration  rate (join or renew now). All presenters, whether virtual or in-person, are required to register for the meeting.

AFS has instituted a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for those physically attending the AFS Baltimore meeting.  This is in accordance with our fundamental policy of hosting an event that protects the health of our attendees to the greatest degree possible.  Please see our additional guidance about how to provide proof of vaccination.  The guidance provides allowances for those who have religious or specific health reasons to not be vaccinated but will stipulate appropriate testing requirements.  AFS will also adhere to any mask mandate by the City of Baltimore and other CDC guidance at the time of the meeting. Please see the FAQ page for more information.

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Events

Explore Baltimore

From the National Aquarium and Inner Harbor to Federal Hill and Fort McHenry, Baltimore is packed with eclectic sights, restaurants, and neighborhoods. And did we mention crab cakes?

Save on hotels with with special room rates for attendees.

Celebrating 150 Years

The American Fisheries Society turned 150 years old in 2020 and we're looking forward to our belated birthday celebration in Baltimore in 2021!

Accommodations

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards

Choose from two great hotel options right across the street from each other! The Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards and the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor are the sites of most conference events and they are offering special rates for meeting attendees.

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

Attendee Hubb & App

Note: We are still in the process of adding new features and making the schedule easier to follow – thank you for your patience!

The AFS Annual Meeting “Attendee Hub” & App are now live! As soon as you can, check it out so that you can login, begin building your schedule, and check out all the events and features we have this year. 

The personal schedule you create in the Attendee Hub can also be accessed via the Cvent Event app (available for free in the App and Google Play stores) on your mobile device for those attending in person. 

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