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 soliciting 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.
To nominate a fish, see the form below.
In the first box, please type the common name of the fish species you wish to nominate. In the second box, type an eye-catching title (limit 80 characters including spaces). In the third box, please provide a brief (1000 characters including spaces or less) story justifying inclusion of your fish nominee. In the fourth box, provide one or two links (i.e., URLs) to more information on your fish nominee. If possible, upload an un-copyrighted photo of your fish nominee together with an image caption and credit. In the next boxes provide your first and last names. Finally, include your email in case we need to reach you. Nominations have been extended until December 31, 2019.
A 10-person committee comprised of celebration committee members and members at large will make the selections. Only completed nominations will be considered. Selections will be based on the compelling nature of the justification for inclusion, the quality of the story, appeal to the membership and the public, and significance of the fish to fisheries and natural resources conservation and management in North America. Multiple nominations of the same species could require combining justification stories. In this case, all nominators that contributed material used will be acknowledged. The decision of the committee is final.
The committee will be tasked with fact-checking and proofing the justification stories. Each committee member will be responsible editing the justification stories for 15 fishes from the list.
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 Title||Nessie of the American West|
|Common Name of Fish||Bonytail chub|
|Scientific Name of Fish||Gila elegans|
|Image of Fish|
|Image Caption and Credit||Untagged adult bonytail (453 mm and 650 g) captured by USFWS near Moab, UT. Photo Credit: T. Walton/USFWS.|
|Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting|
It may be difficult at first to see the similarities between the Bonytail Chub and Nessie of Scottish lore; however, both the rarest of the Colorado River basin endemic fish and the mythical creature of Loch Ness are large, notoriously difficult to find, and feature a telltale hump. The Bonytail Chub has a streamlined body featuring a smooth hump behind its head and a pencil-thin ‘tail’, growing up to 22 inches and living up to 50 years old. Once abundant and widespread throughout the basin, the Bonytail is among North America’s most endangered fish species and has been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1980. Partnership programs such as the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program are working toward the recovery of this endangered species, with stocking and monitoring programs helping to demystify the species’ life history needs. With increased sightings via PIT-tag encounters over the years, we can confirm that this one ancient creature does indeed exist.
|Website or Journal Article for More Information||http://www.coloradoriverrecovery.org/|
|Your Name||Cheyenne Owens|