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 TitleKing of coolwater habitats and angler preference
Common Name of FishWalleye
Scientific Name of FishSander vitreus
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and CreditFemale Walleye in spawning condition from Michigan's Tittabawassee River
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

Walleye are among the most popular of game fish across the northern latitudes of North America. Prized by anglers and favored as table fare, walleye are of critical importance. The species is intensively managed to help populations thrive and create sustainable fisheries. So popular they are stocked widely often trying to fit them into marginal habitats. Still, they are an integral predator in most coolwater fish communities shaping the prey bases they depend on. They are a versatile predator ideally suited for lowlight and turbid waters. They spawn in tributaries and on off-shore rock reefs. Successful management requires everything from propagation to habitat management to advanced stock assessment.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79135_79218_79614_82666---,00.html
Your NameDavid Fielder