Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting

The NY Chapter and Northeast Division of the American Fisheries Society are pleased to announce the 2019 program to be held February 6-8th, 2019 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in Poughkeepskie, NY.

Date:  February 6-8, 2019
Location:  Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel ( – Poughkeepsie, NY
*There is a discounted rate for the conference ($104/night).  Mention NY Chapter American Fisheries Society – Group Code: AMFI.

Our plenary theme, Fish on the Move, will explore new understanding of “traditional” movement ecology (e.g., diadromy), climate change-induced shifts in species ranges, as well as movements of invasive species.  Additionally, this session will consider consequences of these movements on human communities.  Our invited speakers are:

  • David Secor, University of Maryland, author of Ecology of Marine Fish Migrations;
  • Janet Nye, Stony Brook University, expert on climate induced range shifts in North Atlantic fishes;
  • Kathy Mills, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, expert on how coastal communities adapt to climate-induced changes in fisheries;
  • James Gilmore, Director, Division of Marine Resources, NYSDEC and Chair of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission;
  • Chris Bowser, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the genius behind the citizen science-based Hudson River glass eel monitoring program.

They will be joined by John Waldman, CUNY Queens College, who will moderate a panel discussion.

Here is a preliminary agenda

Wednesday, February 6 Fish Passage Workshop held by Brett Towler, USFWS, (afternoon)
Welcome social (evening – Mill House Brewing Company)
Thursday, February 7 Welcome; Plenary Session – “Fish on the Move” (speakers, film, and panel discussion)
Afternoon concurrent sessions including Hudson River symposium and Shad(s) symposium
NY Chapter Business Meeting
Poster Session, Banquet, and Fundraising Raffle
Friday, February 8 NED Business Meeting
Concurrent Sessions
Student Awards

There will also be two symposia during the meeting

Hudson River and Marine Symposium
This symposium will highlight research and management of fishes and blue crabs of the Hudson River and near shore ocean. The presentations may include management of diadromous fishes, research and management of Hudson River resident fishes, management and research on blue crabs and the Hudson River and marine ecosystem. Talks may also focus on habitats that are important to the fish and crabs at different life stages in the Hudson River and marine environment. Presentations can also discuss user groups that utilize the important resources the Hudson River and near shore ocean have to offer.

Shad(s) Symposium
The anadromous alosine herrings (shads) once dominated East Coast rivers and estuaries, but are now in decline.  In particular, the American shad has become much less abundant, despite efforts at reducing fishing pressure and restoring nursery habitats.  This symposium invites oral and poster presentations on the science and management of the East Coast shads, including American shad, hickory shad, and river herring.


You can register for the Annual meeting through our online registration page

Call for Abstracts 

You can submit abstracts through our online submission page.
*You will be required to log into the system with a wordpress account.
*If you do not have an account, you will be able to create one through the submission page.  This login will allow you to return to your abstract to complete the process or edit your entry.
* If you have any issues registering an account for your abstract submission, please email [email protected].

There will be a Student and Professional category for Oral Presentations and Poster abstract submissions.
When submitting your abstract:

  • Use a brief, descriptive title and avoid acronyms or scientific names in the title unless the common name is not widely known;
  • Please select the type of abstract you are submitting for this year’s annual meeting under the Presenter Preference section.
  • In the Topics section, please select your type of membership with the American Fisheries Society (NY Chapter, NE Division, National, or Non-member)
  • List all authors, their affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses;
  • You are allowed to add additional authors/presenters.  If the + or – sign is missing from the form, please try a different Internet Browser (Chrome, Firefox).
  • Restrict your abstract to 350 words.

Abstracts for oral presentations and posters must be received by January 18th, 2019

**Abstract submission for the New York Chapter/Northeastern Division AFS annual meeting has been extended until midnight, January 18th.

For those of you who are affected by the Federal shutdown, but may wish to submit an abstract, please contact Melissa Cohen ([email protected]) to let her know your situation.