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Perspectives above and below the water

The American Fisheries Society, President Leanne Roulson, the AFS Western Division, and the Washington – British Columbia Chapter are excited to host the 152nd AFS Annual Meeting, August 21-25, 2022, in the second largest city in Washington State, Spokane.  The city of Spokane is  on the Spokane River, part of the Snake and Columbia River system, making it ideal for examining the variety of roles and meanings of fish in science and culture. The Spokane area, part of the unceded lands of the Spokane Tribe, is rich in resident and migratory fish and wildlife important to indigenous peoples of the area.  We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to experience and explore this focal area for fish, fisheries conservation and management, and human resource use.

We will bring together professionals from across North America and countries around the world under the theme of “What Do Fish Mean to Us?”.  In the spirit of exploring differing perspectives, we are soliciting symposia topics, collaborative efforts, 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.

Attend in person, virtually, or both!

Register before July 6 to get the Early Bird discount. 

AFS 152 Countdown



See descriptions of the 70 symposia planned for this year's Annual Meeting.

Explore Spokane

From spectacular Riverfront Park, site of the 1974 World's Fair, to its historic buildings, lively nightlife, and nearby outdoor adventures, Spokane offers something for everyone.

Special Event Invitation from the Spokane Tribe of Indians

Our ancestors gathered on the banks of the Spokane River near sƛ’x̣étkw (Spokane Falls) for generations. They would enjoy the bounty of salmon and the life provided by the river. It has been over a century since we have had reason to gather, rejoice, and share in this bounty. That’s about to change!

Please join the Spokane Tribe of Indians and our partners at People’s Park on August 24th at 2:30 pm to honor the return of salmon to the Spokane River. Help us Bring Them Home!

COVID Guidance

The Spokane Planning Team has instituted mandatory health and safety protocols for all in-person participants. We are excited to bring our science community together for 2022, with safety and trust as our top priority. 

  • All in-person participants are required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. You will be asked to present your original vaccination card(s), a photo or copy of it, or proof via a COVID vaccination app at registration. Booster shots are also strongly recommended if possible.
  • Mask policies will follow the current local regulations.
  • For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.

Falling for Spokane

Home to the largest urban waterfall, Spokane, Washington is a unique and vibrant city waiting for you to explore all its offerings. 


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