“MacGyvering” Symposium is Back!!- Updated Deadline: May 3rd

The “MacGyvering”: Innovative Problem Solving in Fisheries Science is back 🥳 and the call for abstracts is open! This has been a really successful session the past couple of annual meetings, and we are looking forward to continuing to platform these solutions! Call for Abstracts Deadline: Friday May 3rd, 2024 Is this Symposium right for... Read More

FITS Sponsored Symposia in Spokane August 21-25, 2022.

The Fisheries Information and Technology Section of the American Fisheries Society encourages you to submit abstracts to present in the following two symposia at the American Fisheries Society Conference in Spokane, Washington, August 21-25, 2022. “MacGyvering”: Innovative Problem Solving in Fisheries Science We want to hear from all you tinkerers, inventers, and repurposers…the “MacGyvers” of... Read More

Consider contributing to the 2021 COVID Symposium

The Fisheries Information and Technology Section is hosting a special symposium at AFS Baltimore in November 2021. Please consider submitting a paper to the symposium; abstracts are due March 26!  Keep in mind the 2021 AFS Meeting is being planned as a hybrid event (in-person and virtual attendance options), but may shift to a virtual... Read More

Missed the Symposium? Here’s what you missed in “Merging Data Science and Fisheries and Aquatic Science to Solve Big Problems”

The FITS-sponsored symposium organized by Daniel Weaver and Paul Venturelli drew ten quality presentations at the AFS Virtual Annual Meeting. Many thanks to our organizers for making this happen in such a chaotic meeting year, and many thanks to our speakers for contributing to this great collection of papers!! You can read the abstracts here... Read More

The “must-see” symposia at AFS 2020!

Dear FITS members, AFS 2020 is upon us! Here is a list of FITS organized and/or sponsored symposia that you do not want to miss: – Merging Data Science and Fisheries and Aquatic Science to Solve Big Problems ( – Angler Reporting and Data Validation ( – Marking, Tagging, and Tracking ( – Bayesian Inference:... Read More

Submit Your Abstracts for the AFS 150th Meeting

Some outstanding symposia are planned for Columbus, Ohio. Don’t forget to prepare and submit your abstracts for the FITS-hosted symposium “Merging Data Science and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences to Solve Big Problems.” Advancing technologies and software have allowed us to collect and process enormous amounts of data (aka “big data”). Big data are data that... Read More

Bayesians: Here’s a symposium for you!

We invite all Bayesians to submit an abstract to a Bayesian inference in fisheries symposium! Background and submission information are below. During the submission process, select the symposium title from the list of available sessions (9234: Bayesian Inference: Applications and Interpretation). Title: Bayesian Inference: Applications and Interpretation Background Bayesian inference has become a common tool... Read More

Big Data Symposium 2020 **UPDATE**

The Fisheries Information Technology Section is pleased to announce a symposium for AFS 2020 in Columbus centered around emerging challenges associated with processing, manipulating, and analyzing large data sets to inform fisheries and aquatic science or, broadly speaking, natural resource management.  See the full abstract description below and contact Dan Weaver ( or Paul Venturelli... Read More