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 TitleAn Aquatic Hitchhiker
Common Name of FishRemora
Scientific Name of FishRemora remora
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Parents often tell their children its dangerous to hitchhike. The Remora is a fish that frequently hitches a ride on sharks, turtles, or other large marine animals. This practice can benefit Remoras in several ways. Remoras are carried along without having to expend energy swimming on their own. Remoras get the opportunity to feed on leftover scraps from messy eaters, like sharks. Remoras sometimes help by feeding on external parasites attached to their ride. Remoras attach to their host using a sucker disk on the top of their head. This disk is a modification of their spiny dorsal fin. If a Remora attaches to the top half of a shark, it must do so by inverting itself. It rides upside down, but that doesn’t seem to bother the Remora. Sometimes when you are hitching a ride, you take what you can get.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Remora_remora/
Your NameSteve Lochmann