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 TitleThe Most Important Fish in the Chesapeake Bay
Common Name of FishAtlantic menhaden
Scientific Name of FishBrevoortia tyrannus
Image of FishImage of Fish
Image Caption and CreditAtlantic Menhaden in Chesapeake Bay - Jay Fleming
Description of Why This Fish Is Important/Interesting

In 2020, Atlantic menhaden are poised to become the first species of fin fish to have ecological reference points developed to allow ecosystem based management along the Atlantic Coast. This species provides key forage for a variety of predatory fish species such as Striped Bass, Bluefish, Weakfish and Spotted Sea Trout. They are also an important part of the diet for many sea birds, and marine mammals including humpback whales. In the Chesapeake Bay, it provides prey for many fish species that use the estuary in their critical first years of life.

Website or Journal Article for More Informationhttps://www.chesapeakebay.net/S=0/fieldguide/critter/atlantic_menhaden
Your NameMartin Gary