What is AFS?
The American Fisheries Society (AFS) was founded in 1870, and is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists. The AFS promotes scientific research and enlightened management of aquatic resources for optimum use and enjoyment by the public. It also encourages comprehensive education of fisheries scientists and continuing on-the-job training. The AFS is composed of student subunits, state chapters, and regional divisions, connecting all aspects of fisheries, from marine stock assessment to hatchery management, to academic research.
"The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals."
The Iowa State University Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society (ISU AFS) was founded in 2005. Since that time we have won the "Most Active Student Subunit Award" three times (2005, 2006, and 2009). We look forward to earning this great honor again this year. The subunit meets on campus once a month to view presentations by local fisheries professionals and organize both social and scientific activities. Past activities include annual kids' fishing clinics, stream fish monitoring, and fish habitat construction. Members work closely with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and attend both state and regional meetings and conferences. To view our subunit bylaws as a PDF, click here.
ISU AFS is part of the Iowa Chapter in the North Central Division (NCD), which spans from Ontario, Canada, west to Kansas, and east to Ohio. The NCD comprises 13 chapters representing 16 states and provinces. You can also join different Sections based on your interests.
Chapters and Divisions