Greetings from the Jersey Shore! The American Fisheries Society, President Steve McMullin and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter are excited to host the 148th AFS Annual Meeting at the Atlantic City Convention Center from August 19 – 23, 2018. Atlantic City will be a fantastic location for this year’s conference, with plenty to see and do.  From beaches and boardwalks, to fishing and amusement parks, Atlantic City has something for everyone.  We hope that this year’s theme, “Communicating the Science of Fisheries Conservation to Diverse Audiences” will stimulate a wide range of sessions encompassing the extensive diversity of fisheries, professionals, disciplines and issues represented within the society.  We will solicit symposia topics, contributed papers and posters encompassing the broad diversity within fisheries and that will benefit a range of audiences with the aim of advancing the science of fisheries ecology, conservation, and management.


  • Proposals for Symposia must be submitted by January 19, 2018.
  • Accepted Symposia proposals will be posted on the conference website on February 14, 2018.
  • If accepted, organizers must submit a complete list of confirmed presentations and titles by March 9, 2018.
  • Abstracts for Symposium oral presentations must be submitted by March 16, 2018.


  • Those who wish to present in Contributed Papers or Poster sessions at the 2018 AFS meeting are required to submit abstracts by March 16, 2018. This includes Student Presentations.
  • Confirmation of acceptance or refusal of abstracts will be communicated by April 18, 2018.
  • Student presentations will be considered for a “best presentation” award if the student fills out additional application paperwork available at


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 ( in May 2018; register early for cost savings.


Symposia Chair:

Daphne Munroe
Rutgers University, Haskin Shellfish Research Lab
Tel: 856-785-0074

Contributed Sessions Chair:

Justin Davis
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Tel: 860-424-4181

Posters Chair:

Jason Vokoun
University of Connecticut, Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Tel: 860-486-0141