This year we wanted to turn our attention to the brilliant work done by our members to keep the American Fisheries Society as vibrant as ever. We thank you for volunteering your time and energy to the Society to make yourselves a fundamental part of the vision and mission. With your help we continue to advance fisheries science and management in the U.S. and beyond. Whether through active positions with AFS Sections or Committees, or through leadership positions in Chapters and Divisions, your contributions to the organization are remarkable and greatly appreciated.

Now more than ever, government agencies and academic institutions look to us as thought leaders in science. Federal and state legislators looks to us for sound fisheries policy recommendations. Students and young professionals look to us to help them share their research, find challenging jobs. and seek out professional mentors.

To serve you better, AFS headquarters staff continue to match our energy level with yours by providing the best services we can to you. Based on your feedback, we are working with member-driven committees to effectively plan and implement activities around Continuing Education and distance-learning, publications, and educational programs like the Hutton scholarships. Our social and traditional media platforms are stronger and stronger. As we adapt to changing eco-political landscapes, our reputation as a solid science society is serving us well.

And there is more to come: We have launched a new science blog which means we will be publishing more journal articles and special issues of Fisheries. After an impressive showing in Kansas City, we have even more symposia lined up at the Annual Meeting in Tampa. If you’re not currently involved with the Society, now is the time to come on board and bring others with you. By working together, we can keep both our fisheries and our profession strong and vibrant.