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 TitleTrout, but not Rainbow
Common Name of FishSpotted Seatrout
Scientific Name of FishCynoscion nebulosus
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans serves a special southern dish called Trout Amandine. But it’s not made with Rainbow Trout, it’s made with Spotted Seatrout. A favorite of Gulf Coast anglers, Spotted Seatrout live in coastal bays along the Gulf states and east coast of the U.S. Management strategies vary among states, but populations of this species are generally stable. Smaller Spotted Seatrout feed on shrimp, but larger individuals feed on other fish. Spotted Seatrout spawn from late spring to early fall. Males form schools and vibrate their swim bladders, making a croaking noise. This noisy chorus attracts the attention of females ready to spawn. Spotted Seatrout move around within bays seasonally, but savvy anglers can generally find them. The texture and flavor of Spotted Seatrout lends itself to a variety of southern recipes, but for a special treat, try Brennan’s Trout Amandine recipe.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttp://brennansrestaurant.blogspot.com/2012/09/recipe-for-trout-amandine.html https://www.lsu.edu/seagrantfish/biological/drum/spottedseatrout.htm
Your NameSteve Lochmann