Investing in People, Habitat, and Science

Submit your symposium proposals for the AFS 2021 Annual Meeting in Baltimore!
Deadline: January 25, 2021 new deadline TBD

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.

A symposium is a set of presentations organized around a particular theme. Symposium organizers are responsible for recruiting contributions, reviewing abstracts submitted to their symposium, reviewing the general pool of abstracts for presentations that fit their symposium theme, and organizing and moderating presentations in their symposium.

We encourage submissions that will be of broad interest, as well as those organized around the meeting’s “Investing in People, Habitat, and Science” theme. However, we also recognize the importance of papers and posters that focus on particular topics, ecosystems, and geographic areas.


  • Symposium proposal submission will open soon and will close January 25, 2021. New deadline TBD
  • Abstracts for symposium oral presentations and posters must be submitted by March 22, 2021.


  • Those who wish to present in Contributed Papers or Poster sessions at the 2021 AFS Annual Meeting are required to submit abstracts by March 22, 2021. This includes Student Presentations.
  • Student presentations will be considered for a “best presentation” award if the student fills out additional application paperwork available at


Symposia Chair:
Jan McDowell
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Email: [email protected]

Contributed Sessions Chair:
John Cooper
Cooper Environmental Research
Email: [email protected]

Posters Chair:
Ed Hale
University of Delaware
Email: [email protected]

AFS does not waive registration fees for presenters at symposia or contributed papers sessions, or workshops. Registration forms will be available on the AFS website ( by May 2021.