Annual Meeting Moves to Virtual

The coronavirus has changed our lives in many ways and the AFS Columbus Annual Meeting is the latest to be impacted. The AFS Governing Board voted on Monday, May 11, to address the obvious health and safety concerns by moving to a virtual fisheries event later this year. There will be no physical AFS meeting in Columbus, August 30 – September 3, 2020.

Intense work is already underway to design and deliver a compelling and exciting new event. This “Virtual Annual Meeting” will incorporate the always amazing sharing of fisheries science, engaging keynote speakers, valuable student activities, award presentations, and much more. Those who have submitted abstracts and symposia for the AFS Columbus meeting will be contacted in the near future about their continued interest in sharing their science as part of this new event. The tentative dates for the Virtual Annual Meeting are September 14-25, 2020.

As plans are developed for both the virtual conference and our 150th anniversary celebration, they will be shared through the AFS newsletter, emailed to AFS members, and provided on the AFS website at Also, please be sure to mark your calendars now for the 2021 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, August 8-12, 2021. We hope to return to Columbus in 2026.


Call for Papers

The American Fisheries Society is excited to host the AFS Virtual Annual Meeting, tentatively scheduled for September 14-25, 2020. Professionals from across North America and countries throughout the world are welcome to participate in this convenient online format. We will solicit symposia papers, 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.


  • > Symposia proposal submission is now closed.
  • > See the¬†list of accepted symposia.
  • > Abstracts for symposium and contributed paper oral presentations and posters must be submitted by June 15, 2020.

150th Anniversary