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 TitleA celebration of sliminess
Common Name of FishBlack Bullhead
Scientific Name of FishAmeiurus melas
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and CreditCity of Crystal Lake, Iowa
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Sometimes, you just have to embrace your past. An Iowa angler survey from the 1940s indicated that the most sought after fish in Iowa at the time was the bullhead, the black bullhead. Anecdotes from yesteryear indicate people would drive miles upon miles to find great bullhead fishing. Crystal Lake, Iowa was such a place, and they embraced it by creating a statue of the world's largest bullhead. Here's to you, bullhead city!

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Iowa-Fish-Species/Fish-Details/speciescode/blb
Your NameJeff Kopaska