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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 are 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.

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FULL LIST OF NOMINATED FISH

Catchy TitleThe Top Predator on the Bottom of the River
Common Name of FishFlathead Catfish
Scientific Name of FishPylodictis olivaris
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Flathead Catfish are an incredible (and tasty) fish native to the central part of North America, but have been introduced to other parts of the US and world where they can become invasive as they voraciously hunt down native fishes. They support trophy recreational fishing and are prized for their delicate white meat, and contribute a smaller part to commercial fishing on large interior rivers. Flathead Catfish are among the largest freshwater fishes in North America, with an unofficial record in Arkansas reaching nearly 140 pounds.