2021 Western Division AFS Annual Meeting Hosted by the Utah Chapter of AFS

2021 Western Division AFS Annual Meeting

  **Currently planned as online/virtual-only**

Hosted by the Utah Chapter of AFS

May 10 – 14, 2021


Amplifying Science in a Changing World


  • Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA at sunset
  • Panoramic view of famous Yosemite Valley with beautiful Merced river on a scenic sunny day with blue sky in summer, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
  • A panoramic photo of the early morning sunrise over the calm pond behind the Ninpipes Lodge north of St. Ignatius, Montana.


Aquatic resources and the professionals who research and manage them face dynamic challenges. Now more than ever, scientists need to adapt and inform our approach to sustaining aquatic stewardship.  However, the advancement and amplification of science has been hindered recently by multiple causes. Science is being threatened from without and within: credible science is being minimized by some in influential positions and some scientists are misrepresenting science in order to advance their personal values. How should professionals prioritize, conduct, and communicate science so that it is amplified while also advancing the credibility of the profession?  

We welcome symposia and presentations that highlight how science is changing our understanding of the dynamics of the resources we study and our approach to management. Symposia topics could include: climate change, hatcheries, habitat, harvest, recreation, native species, genetics, interactions, ecology, invasive and introduced species, endangered species, water policy, historical perspectives, new technologies, diversity and inclusion, science communication, and others.  We are also interested in how science can be used to advance decisions that result in good stewardship such as in resource management, policy development, and best practices. We encourage participation and submissions from people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. 

A special focus will be given to generating outcomes from the diversity of symposia presented.  Outcomes may include publications, proposals, recommendations, agreements, identification or clarification of uncertainties, and other action items.  Generating outcomes within our meeting will leverage collective talent and help us to amplify science for the betterment of our fisheries profession and the advancement of aquatic stewardship.


Meetings like this are not possible without the help of sponsors. The Western Division and Utah Chapter of AFS would like to thank all of our sponsors below for their support!

Interested in sponsoring this event or participating in the trade show? Head over to our Sponsorship page!

News and Meeting Highlights


    Deadline Extended: Proposals Due January 15, 2021

    Click here to submit symposium proposals (https://forms.gle/rqSnQWZm5s9t2b3J7)

    Visit our Symposia page for more info.


    The Western Division of the American Fisheries Society, the Utah Chapter of AFS, and the National Fish Habitat Partnership will be showcasing aquatically oriented films and photographs as a part of the 2021 Western Division Aquatic Film and Photography Festival. More details and information to come.

    We would like to thank the Aquatic Film & Photo sponsors below for their support!


    Please consider donating your time and talents to help us have a successful meeting. We still have plenty of opportunities for you to help! Please contact [email protected].