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 world's most expensive fish
Common Name of FishBluefin Tuna
Scientific Name of FishThunnus thynnus
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and CreditBluefin Tuna (NOAA Fisheries)
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Long prized for the quality of the sashimi it produces, Bluefin Tuna regularly sell for eye-popping prices in Japan. In January 2019, a buyer paid $3.1 million for a 612 lb. ($4,900/lb!) Bluefin Tuna in the year's first auction at Tokyo's fish market. Many factors in addition to its staggering economic value make the Bluefin Tuna unique. This largest member of the tuna family can live more than 20 years. The world record for a recreationally-caught Bluefin Tuna is 1,496 lbs. for a fish caught off the coast of Nova Scotia. Bluefin Tuna live in the open oceans and are managed through international treaties. Built for speed, Bluefin Tuna can swim at more than 20 miles per hour in short bursts. Unlike other fish, whose body temperature closely approximates the surrounding water, Bluefin Tuna can maintain the temperature of their muscles above that of surrounding water, giving them a swimming advantage over their prey, which generally consists of herring, mackerel and bluefish.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/western-atlantic-bluefin-tuna
Your NameSteve L. McMullin