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Set your sights on attending this year’s Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With its focus on “New Frontiers in Fisheries Management and Ecology: Leading the Way in a Changing World,” the conference will provide a wonderful opportunity for fisheries professionals to meet, exchange information, catch up with friends, and find inspiration. AFS President Wayne Hubert, Meeting Co-Chairs Cleve Steward and Larry Dominguez, and Program Co-Chairs Craig Busack and Dave Ward invite you to attend the 2011 AFS Annual Meeting at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. With magnificent Puget Sound at its doorstep and Mount Rainier and the towering Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges visible in the distance, the Emerald City offers both scenic splendor and myriad recreational opportunities. The Convention Center is within walking distance of the vibrant Seattle waterfront, with its jumble of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and the world famous Pike Place Farmers Market. There are a multitude of shopping venues, sights, and experiences to enjoy when not engaged in meeting activities. You’ll want to extend your stay to allow time to visit Puget Sound, the rugged Olympic peninsula, and other fabulous nearby destinations.

2011 General Co-Chairs Larry Dominguez of Ecologists Without Borders and Cleve Steward of AMEC Earth and Environmental welcome you to Seattle this fall.

The 2011 AFS Meeting will provide a unique forum for participants to explore the many multidisciplinary aspects of fisheries science and management. In addition to the eclectic mix of outstanding symposia, contributed papers, and posters for which AFS meetings are known, the Seattle meeting will feature a broad range of technical, social, and legal topics that are of national and international interest, including measures to recover from massive anthropogenic and weather-related catastrophes and to ensure the long-term sustainability of fisheries resources. (see the following links for interviews with two key presenters: Ray Hilborn on the condition of ocean fisheries and Nate Mantua on climate change and Pacific salmon).

Regional topics will highlight efforts to protect and clean up Puget Sound and address emerging issues related to the Columbia River, salmon recovery, and watershed management. We encourage those involved or interested in fisheries science and management, marine and freshwater habitat protection, or fisheries-related recreation to contribute to this important meeting. Support AFS and indulge yourself by coming to Seattle this September. We guarantee your experience will be a memorable one.

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