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 TitleThe Other Saltwater Redfish
Common Name of FishNorthern Red Snapper
Scientific Name of FishLutijanus campechanus
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Image Caption and CreditPhoto courtesy of Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

The Red Snapper is known to many as the redfish. Now don't get this redfish confused with the Red Drum, also known as redfish. The Red Snapper is a saltwater sport-fish in the Gulf of Mexico. They grow as big as 40 inches, weigh up to 50 pounds, and sometimes live up to 50 years. An awesome thing about this fish is that once their eggs are fertilized, they float to the surface and hatch within a day!! They are one of the most valuable fish in the Gulf of Mexico, bringing in over $11.5 million dollars a year. They were once severely over-fished and reached a low point in the 1980's, which lead to strict catch restrictions. Since 2009, with conservation and management efforts, the population has slowly increased along with easing some of the catch restrictions. They are a powerful predator that will eat anything smaller than them, and are also a prey fish for larger fish, such as sharks.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://tropicalbreezedecor.com/funfactsabouttheredsnapper.aspx; https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2013/05/20/10-key-facts-about-red-snapper/
Your NameVirginia Jackson