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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!

Sunday, November 7

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

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Vic Kennedy

Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Shifting Baselines in the Chesapeake Bay: A Brief Introduction

Monday, November 8

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

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Brian Fagan

Author, Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization

Fishing as an Historical Human Endeavor

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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

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Larry Nielsen

Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University

State of the Natural World in 19th Century North America, and the Birth of the Conservation Movement

Tuesday, November 9

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

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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

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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

Wednesday, November 10

Outreach and Communications Day

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Brian Palermo

Character Actor & Communications Consultant, Palermo Improv Training

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

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Ben West

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Professor, University of Tennessee

Presentation Matters: Communicating Science to Advance Conservation


Abstract Submission

Submit an abstract for a symposium or contributed paper oral presentation or poster.

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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!

Discover the Charms of Baltimore

In 2021, AFS returns to Charm City for the first time in almost 20 years. Check out the sights, sounds, and flavors of this striking city on the Chesapeake Bay that await you!

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