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 TitleRio Grande Silvery Minnow - The Bosque's Umbrella
Common Name of FishRio Grande Slivery Minnow
Scientific Name of FishHybognathus amarus
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and CreditCredit: ABQ BioPark
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

In the desert Southwest of North America lives a small-bodied fish whose numbers once made it among the most abundant fish in the Rio Grande River. Now restricted to only five percent of its original range, the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow is endangered. The minnow is a reflection of its river, needing certain water conditions to spawn and ultimately enough water to live. When these conditions are not met due to dams, irrigation diversion, or drought, the minnow struggles to exist without human intervention. Because of its protected status, the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow may actually be protecting the Bosque ecosystem by keeping water in the river for fish, trees, birds, and other animals. If the degraded Rio Grande can be restored because of this little fish, it can have big effects for the both minnow and the world around it.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://www.fws.gov/fisheries/freshwater-fish-of-america/rio_grande_silvery_minnow.html
Your NameJoshua Grant