The American Fisheries Society extends a warm invite to attend the 149th AFS Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, Sept. 29–Oct. 3, 2019. This year The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society will come together for the first-ever joint national conference of these two organizations. The event will likely be the largest gathering of fish and wildlife professionals ever, and will provide unprecedented opportunities for science-sharing and potential collaboration. At this conference, we hope to give members opportunities to learn, connect, and engage in ways that will help propel their careers forward and inspire even better results in the areas of wildlife and fisheries science and management.


  • Proposals for Symposia must be submitted by March 15, 2019.
  • Required proposal information to be submitted through Confex: Title, Abbreviated Title, Organizers, Submitter’s Email, Estimate Symposium Duration (0.5, 1, 1.5 days), Estimated Number of Presenters, Audio/Visual Equipment, Description (200 words).  You can start a submission in Confex, log out, and complete it at a later time if needed.
  • Accepted Symposia proposals will be posted on the conference website on May 15, 2019.
  • If accepted, organizers must submit a complete list of confirmed presentations and titles by April 12, 2019.
  • Abstracts for Symposium oral presentations must be submitted by April 12, 2019.
  • Please note there is a separate process for students interested in participating in the Best Student Paper/Poster Symposium. Click here for details on how to apply.


  • Those who wish to present in Contributed Papers or Poster sessions at the 2019 AFS meeting are required to submit abstracts by April 12, 2019.
  • Confirmation of acceptance or refusal of abstracts will be communicated by April 25, 2019.
  • Student presentations will be considered for a “best presentation” award if the student fills out additional application paperwork available at


Continuing Education Courses are an opportunity for students to a deeper dive into specific subjects of interest to fisheries professionals. These courses are between a half day to two days in length; students may claim continuing education credits upon successful completion of courses.

Courses will be held prior to the official opening of the Annual Meeting, on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2019. Proposals for courses and workshops are now closed. Please forward questions to Lauren Maza 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 2019;
register early for cost savings.


AFS Program Committee Contacts

Overall Program:
Laurie Earley
California-Nevada Chapter of AFS
Tel: 530-355-3390
Symposia Chair:
Daniel Dauwalter
Western Division of AFS
Tel: 208-345-9800
Contributed Sessions Chair:
Steve Brumbaugh
California-Nevada Chapter of AFS
Tel: 530-230-7892
Posters Chair:
Kirsten Sellheim
California-Nevada Chapter of AFS
Tel: 209-606-6653

AFS Continuing Education Contact

Brian Mahardja
California-Nevada Chapter of AFS
Tel: 209-242-5648