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 TitleYo Ma Come Check Out This Dope Fish
Common Name of FishYoma Danio
Scientific Name of FishBrachydanio feegradei
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and CreditClose up showcasing the Yoma Danio - Aquarium Glaser GMBH
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Yoma Danios are colorful, social, and aggresive by nature. Popular in the aquarium trade this fish has began to gain quite the reputation in the aquarium hobby. Due to their unique behavior and small size they have grown in popularity throughout the years. In nature these fish can be found shoaling together in moving streams. In the hobby these natural behaviors are highlighted beautifully when placed in the proper system. Within a well maintained natural aquarium that is at least 40 gallons in size the natural behaviors of these fish can be visualized perfectly. With at least 6 specimens you can see their shoaling nature and ability to fend off other tank mates with their aggressive nature. In the wild these fish can get up to 4 inches long and are quite fearless to other more docile species despite being smaller than the other individual. If you find yourself getting into the aquarium hobby I highly recommend getting a shoal of this fish to witness the unique behaviors they posses.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/brachydanio-feegradei/
Your NameHayden Harmon