Executive Committee Meeting Minutes- March 2020

AFS Fisheries Information and Technology Section Executive Committee Meeting Minutes March 13, 2020   Attendees: Kayla, Rebecca, Paul, Dan, Tiffany Old Business Rebecca has fixed the email/newsletter issue. Limited to one user on mailchimp and limits on sending emails Difficult to manage as a group MailPoet has been activated on the FITS Site. Action Item:... Read More

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes February

AFS Fisheries Information and Technology Section Executive Committee Meeting Minutes February 14, 2020   Attendees: Dan, Kayla, Rebecca, Paul   Review of business meeting feedback Goals Filming continuing education workshops Host on a website, potentially charge small fee for non-members to watch or make access only for members of FITS (incentives for joining FITS). If... 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

FITS Photo Competition with Prize!

Try your hand this year at taking a virtual reality photo showing your fisheries work! FITS is looking for the best photos to highlight in a virtual-reality experience, to be presented at the 2020 AFS Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Submit your photos taken using the Google Cardboard Camera app for an awesome prize: a... 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


**VOLUNTEERS NEEDED** Subject experts are needed to assist on several efforts. If interested please contact a FITS officer. These efforts are: Regulatory changes to the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act have been proposed that will have significant impacts to fisheries. We need NEPA experts to help review the proposed changes to identify concerns and provide information... Read More

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes January 2020

AFS Fisheries Information and Technology Section Executive Committee Meeting Minutes January 10, 2020 Attendees: Dan, Kayla, Tiffany, Paul Discuss business meeting feedback Table discussion on meeting feedback for next meeting Please read over before next meeting AFS 2020 updates Big Data symposium (speakers, coordination, funding) (Dan) Reach out to AFS management section for help with... Read More

Fisheries IT position

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is recruiting for a person to handle their IT infrastructure. The attached job description doesn’t highlight it well, but an individual with the outlined IT skills who also has a background and/or experience in fisheries data analysis would have a significant competitive advantage. Read More

Big Data Symposium

Greetings FITS members: Are you a manager or researcher that uses large data sets? The FITS ex-comm is putting together a symposium for AFS 2020 in Columbus entitled: “Challenges and Opportunities of Using Big Data to Address Fisheries Management Issues.” We would like you to contribute! Here is a description of our symposium: Advancing technologies... Read More