150 Fish


150 Fish


150 Fish


150 Fish


150 Fish


150 Fish


150 Fish


150 Fish


150 Fish


150 Fish


150 Fish

150 Fishes to Celebrate 150 Years

Please Nominate Your Favorite Fish

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 are soliciting 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

To nominate a fish, see the form below.

In the first box, please type the common name of the fish species you wish to nominate. In the second box, type an eye-catching title (limit 80 characters including spaces). In the third box, please provide a brief (1000 characters including spaces or less) story justifying inclusion of your fish nominee. In the fourth box, provide one or two links (i.e., URLs) to more information on your fish nominee. If possible, upload an un-copyrighted photo of your fish nominee together with an image caption and credit. In the next boxes provide your first and last names. Finally, include your email in case we need to reach you. Nominations have been extended until December 31, 2019.

Selection Process

A 10-person committee comprised of celebration committee members and members at large will make the selections. Only completed nominations will be considered. Selections will be based on the compelling nature of the justification for inclusion, the quality of the story, appeal to the membership and the public, and significance of the fish to fisheries and natural resources conservation and management in North America. Multiple nominations of the same species could require combining justification stories. In this case, all nominators that contributed material used will be acknowledged. The decision of the committee is final.

The committee will be tasked with fact-checking and proofing the justification stories. Each committee member will be responsible editing the justification stories for 15 fishes from the list.

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.


150 Fish Nomination Form

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Catchy TitleThe "dicky fish" that called attention to nongame-fish management
Common Name of FishSnail darter
Scientific Name of FishPercina tanasi
Image of FishSnail-darter-Wikipedia.docx
Image Caption and CreditSnail darter, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snail_darter
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

This federally listed, endemic percid required Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations and caused great controversy re: dam/reservoir development. A "God Squad" was assembled for this ESA decision, but ultimately a powerful politician allowed dam building, despite the tailwater being critical habitat for this forage fish. Fortunately, it didn't go extinct via transplantation or natural presence in nearby watersheds, but the dam/reservoir system was a boondoggle that never achieved its goal to create trophy-trout water. Rather, it became a muddy, carp-infested impoundment. Although some laypeople believed the ESA to be flawed given this controversy, I contend that it well illustrates Aldo Leopold's call to protect all "cogs in the wheel" to save ecosystems. Fortunately, boondoggle-dam projects became harder to build in the USA since then, and dam breaching is becoming more common as reservoirs sediment up, lose productivity, and reduce migratory-fish populations to imperiled levels.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snail_darter
Your NameRobert Vadas, Jr.