2021 Annual Meeting

2021 MT AFS Annual (Virtual) Conference

When: March 1- 5th, 2021

Where: your cozy house, your office, or if you are lucky…   

Crossing Boundaries: Crossing disciplines, jurisdictions, and perspectives

“We are more than the sum of our parts”

Both understanding and managing aquatic resources requires a broad perspective. Biologists and managers are constantly required to link concepts from different disciplines, work successfully across jurisdictions, and consider multiple perspectives.  The conference provides a forum for invited speakers and member presentations. Topics focus on those issues of particular importance or interest to fisheries professionals.

Full Conference Registration for Members and Non-Members, as well as Student Registration, include:

  • Access to all oral presentations, plenary speakers, and business, awards and committee meetings.
  • Access to recorded materials following the conference
  • Opportunities to support our student chapters and win prizes!

We will not be offering single-day conference tickets this year.

We are working with our virtual platform providers so that we can offer an additional registration fee of $40, you can get open access to both the Idaho, WA/BC meeting information (live or recordings).  Check back for updates!



Abstract Submission and Registration will open by February 1, 2021

Continuing Education Workshops

Technical Solutions for Living with Beaver (1/2 day workshop)

While there can be many ecological benefits to beaver on the landscape, beaver behavior such as tree-cutting and dam building can be problematic in certain areas.  Part of a process of building greater tolerance for beaver is helping with technical approaches to make living with beaver easier.  This workshop will be lead by Mike Callahan (Beaver Institute, https://www.beaverinstitute.org/management/overview/ ) and Elissa Chott (Clark Fork Coalition, https://clarkfork.org/our-work/what-we-do/restore-the-best/beaver-conflict-mitigation/) will discuss beaver and specifically beaver conflict mitigation tools that are being used across the U.S..

An Introduction to Low-Tech Restoration (1/2 day workshop)

This ½ day workshop, you will be introduced to the principles of a healthy riverscape and low-tech process-based restoration. This workshop will be led by Dr. Joe Wheaton who is an ecogeomorphologist and fluvial scientist in the Watershed Sciences Department at Utah State University, and restoration practitioner (http://www.joewheaton.org/).  If you are interested in finding out more about this topic check out: http://lowtechpbr.restoration.usu.edu/resources/Topics/.


Plenary Sessions

Joint Plenary with WA/BC AFS Chapter

Meeting at the Confluence:

The sympatric coexistence of Indigenous and Western Science in modern Fisheries 


Plenary Speaker: Andrea Reid, University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries as an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Fisheries Science

Link to short bio: http://andreajanereid.com/

Plenary Speaker: Zachary L. Penney, Ph.D. (Nez Perce), Fishery Science Department Manager, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Link to short bio: https://www.critfc.org/blog/staff/zachary-l-penney/

Followed by a panel discussion, Check back – more details yet to come!


Planned Symposia

  • Learning Across Disciplines to Evaluate Success in River Restoration
  • Approaches for Watershed Restoration and Stream Habitat Improvements: Approaches, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions
  • Managing Warmwater Fisheries in Montana


If you have suggestions for additional symposia, just email: lisa.eby@umontana.edu

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