Continuing Education

Learn hands-on skills to boost your career

Continuing Education (CE) is an important and growing member benefit provided by the American Fisheries Society, which fulfills the Society’s mission to help fisheries scientists develop professionally and learn continually.

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Continuing Education – 2023 Annual Meeting

Continuing Education courses are half-, full-, and two-day courses on specific fisheries science/management and career development topics.

Join AFS for a continuing education course at the 2023 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. We will also be offering two virtual courses, which are open to everyone!


Upcoming Courses

2023 Planning & Executing Successful Rotenone & Antimycin Projects

Fall 2023 Rotenone course

–> Open to Government of Alberta employees only <–

Course dates: September 25-29, 2023
Hinton, Alberta

Register Now!



The AFS webinar series was started in November 2017; webinars cover a variety of subjects including career resources, policy, and diversity topics.

Webinars are currently free for active (national) AFS members and $25 for non-members.

Any and all AFS members are welcome to suggest a topic and/or host a session!

Upcoming Webinars



Past Webinars

The Future of Fish & Flows: Solutions for Balancing Energy and Ecosystem Needs
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Seeking Input: Information & Issues to Include in the Oceans & Marine Resources Chapter of the 5th US National Climate Assessment
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Native Fish Restoration in Lakes
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Climate Change and the Columbia River Tribes
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Coloring in the Lines: Mapping surface water presence in a rapidly changing climate
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

AFS Featured Paper: Climate, Fire Regime, Geomorphology, and Conspecifics Influence the Spatial Distribution of Chinook Salmon Redds
Monday, August 23, 2021

Fleet Heterogeneity and Economic Performance in American Lobster Fishery
Thursday, July 22, 2021

The 100‐Watt Method: A Protocol for Backpack Electrofishing in Small Streams
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

2021 AFS Election – Meet the Second Vice President Candidates
May 19, 2021

Understanding the People Part of Fisheries: An Introduction to Conservation Social Science
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Omega Principle: Seafood and the quest for long life and a healthier planet
March 26, 2021

The Stock Assessment Process: Counting Fish
February 10, 2021

Intro to eDNA: Applications, Advantages and Implications
January 14, 2021

Establishing Aquaculture Opportunity Areas and How to Get Involved
December 7, 2020

Stream Simulation Design Methodology: A design methodology for adapting road crossing infrastructure (bridges and culverts) to climate change
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

More than a River Monster: Conservation and Management of Alligator Gar
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

How many candles on the birthday cake? The vital role of age estimates in stock assessments
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

River Connectivity and Biological Complexity
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Becoming a Hutton Scholar Mentor-Inspiring, Rewarding and Surprisingly Easy!
Friday, May 1, 2020

Creating a Movement to Save Migratory Fish from Local to Global
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Unit Tax Administration Webinar
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

2020 AFS Election – Meet the Second Vice President Candidates
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Mythbusting Marine Aquaculture
Thursday, February 27, 2020

AFS Book Review: Multispecies and Watershed Approaches to Freshwater Fish Conservation
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A Clean Air Act Success Story: Evidence of Chemical and Biological Recovery in an Acidified Catskill Mountain River, New York
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

2019 Annual Meeting Recap – Best Student Presentations
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Trout and Char of the World
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Update
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Navigating a Changing Fisheries Workplace
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

How Do I Choose the Best Title for This Talk? Structured Decision-Making as a Tool for All Occasions
Thursday, April 25, 2019

AFS Election: Meet the Candidates
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Policy Update – Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Connecting the Dots: Diversity, Inclusion, and Collaborative Networks in Fisheries
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hatchery Design in Aquaculture
Thursday, January 31, 2019

AFS Annual Meeting Highlights: Using Electronic Tagging Data to Inform the Assessment and Management of Fishery Resources
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Resources & Strategies for AFS Student Subunits
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

AFS Annual Meeting Highlights: American Eel Population Assessment, Restoration, and Monitoring
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Promoting Fisheries Science via Social Media during #AFS148
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Chemistry to Conservation: Using Otoliths to Advance Fisheries Management
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Annual Meeting Preview!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
View recording

AFS Units Webinar
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Getting Hired-What Students Need to Know
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
View recording (member feature)

Surviving Peer Review
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
View recording (member feature)

Fish Bioenergetics 4.0
Monday, March 5, 2018
View recording (member feature)

Support of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act – A Guide to Grassroots Advocacy
Thursday, February 22, 2018
View recording (member feature)

Using Bayesian Clustering Algorithms to Discover Population Genetic Structure
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
View recording (member feature)

Verbal Judo! A Method to Improve Your Ability to Talk to Those Hostile to Conservation
Thursday, December 14, 2017
View recording (member feature)

2017 Policy Overview & 2018 Engagement Outlook
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
View recording (member feature)



Online Resources

Leadership at All Levels of AFS – part 1
Leadership at All Levels of AFS – part 2
AFS Governing Board members present this workshop each year at the Annual Meeting. The links above are for recordings of the 2016’s presentation.

Additional Resources

Some resources are already available to you, including: