150 Fishes to Celebrate 150 Years

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150 Fishes to Celebrate 150 Years

In 2020, the American Fisheries Society will celebrate its 150th Anniversary. As part of the celebration, the Society will be calling attention to 150 fishes. We solicited nominations of fishes for the list by the Society’s membership.

The 150 Fishes list is a celebration of the biodiversity of freshwater and marine fishes of North America. These fishes will help tell the story of fish and fisheries of the continent. They may illustrate unique life histories, beauty, conservation issues, and challenges of managing and conserving these animals and their habitats.  These fishes represent our native biodiversity, but also illustrates how invasives and our own human nature have had impacts on our aquatic resources. Hence, this list will primarily focus on native species but may include non-natives when they tell a compelling fisheries story. From the stories of these fishes, the Society and the public can learn to better appreciate these amazing natural resources and be challenged to ensure that future generations will be able to experience these fishes in their native settings.

Nomination Process

Fish nominations are now closed.

Circulation Process

The 150 Fishes list will reside at the 150th Anniversary Website, information about individual fish from the list will be circulated through various social media platforms throughout the year.

This list is meant to be a fun for members and informative for the public. It is unlikely we will be able to include all nominations. We acknowledge that every fish has a story. There may be opportunities to discuss all the nominated fishes in the future.


Catchy TitleResilient Inspite of Overfishing
Common Name of FishAtlantic Sturgeon
Scientific Name of FishAcipenser oxyrhynchus oxyrhynchus
Image of Fish
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Image Caption and CreditAtlantic Sturgeon
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

This fascinating ancient fish has garnered significant attention after being listed as endangered in 2012 and establishment of large reaches of major East Coast rivers were designated as Critical Habitat in 2016. Once virtually ignored over-fishing for 100 years, habitat loss and delayed maturity threatened this species, but significant fecundity and new protections of the species and propagation habitat promises an imminent return to common siting of what some have called a "living fossil". I have heard that a sturgeon breach in quiet waters can be a breathtaking experience.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://e360.yale.edu/features/atlantic_sturgeon_an_ancient_fish_struggles_against_the_flow
Your NameJane Rowan