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 TitleHyper striper - Pinnacle of the fish world!
Common Name of FishStriped Bass
Scientific Name of FishMorone saxatilis
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and CreditPublic Domain via Wikimedia
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Named after the multiple horizontal black stripes along their silvery bodies, this athletic species is excellent food fare, and a strong foe for energetic anglers. This iconic fish species along Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico drainages boasts a fascinating anadromous life history in inland and marine waters. Within their native range, adults spend time in saltwater growing fast from marine-derived nutrients, then migrate to freshwater each spring to spawn. Each spring coastal communities welcome these fish and other anadromous species such as various species of shads and herrings as they migrate to spawning grounds. They are truly a special species.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/atlantic-striped-bass
Your NameAaron Bunch