FITS seeking new Communications and Outreach Coordinator

FITS is seeking a new Communications and Outreach Coordinator. This person is an appointed officer of the Section. We are looking for a motivated and interested individual, but no prior experience is necessary. If you are interested and want to discuss the position, please contact Julie Defilippi Simpson at Description of Position from Bylaws... Read More

FITS Has a New Website!

Check out the new website for the Fisheries Information and Technology Section at! This site doesn’t just come with a new look, but with many new features to help members connect with each other, discuss tech questions and solutions, and post news or requests for information.  New ways for you to get involved include: You... Read More

Fishackathon 2018!

Fishackathon is a huge hackathon in dozens of cities around the world happening February 10-11, 2018. To see participating cities and get involved, please visit: Read More

Conference Call

FITS Excom Conference Call 2/11/2016 10:00am-11:24 CST (call continued after secretary had to disconnect).   Attendees: Julie DeFilippi Jeff Kopaska Jeff Ojala Andy Loftus Nicole Eiden Nick Sievert Rebecca Krogman Jodi Whittier   Discussion: Announcement Email (Jeff O) 4 Items Should we do a newsletter?-Jeff Probably want to get this out asap, might not be... Read More

A National Stream Internet

Submitted by Dan Isaak KEY POINTS Massive amounts of water quality data, biological surveys, and habitat condition assessments have been collected by natural resource organizations throughout the U.S. The National Stream Internet (NSI) project developed an analytical infrastructure that can be used consistently anywhere with existing stream databases. Status and trend assessments for the nation’s... Read More

Using Sidescan Sonar to Assess Quantity and Quality of Spawning Habitat for Lake Sturgeon Below TVA Hydroelectric Dams on the Upper Tennessee River

Submitted by Daniel Walker Fisheries managers, aquatic ecologists, and others interested in studying the habitat quality and availability for fish species in freshwater systems often face an uphill battle. Unlike our esteemed colleagues in the field of terrestrial ecology, we usually cannot rely on widely available satellite imagery and high resolution topographic maps to detail... Read More

MARIS Assessment: We Want to Hear from You!

For more than 10 years, AFS/FITS has coordinated the development of the Multistate Aquatic Resources Information System (MARIS). As we plan for the future of fisheries information sharing, it is productive to take a retrospective view of what has worked well, and what lessons we have learned, from the past experiences in developing MARIS. If... Read More

Fish BC Update and Survey

Submitted by Jeff Kopaska The AFS Fisheries Information & Technology Section (AFS-FITS) is in the process of reviewing some of the important pieces of software it has provided over the years. Recent changes in operating systems for PC computers have rendered older programs potentially unusable in current environments. These issues led AFS-FITS to work with... Read More