Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Idaho Chapter
American Fisheries Society
2022 Annual Meeting

2022 ICAFS Plenary Session

Removing barriers:
Opening pathways to the fisheries profession

8:00 a.m. to Noon, Wednesday March 2
In-person and livestreamed

Fisheries professionals must address an ever-increasing list of threats to fish, their habitats, and the people who interact with them for cultural, economic, physical, and spiritual sustenance. Climate change, habitat fragmentation and loss, societal distrust of science, communicating in a digital world, and the ongoing covid-19 pandemic all present challenges to the management and conservation of fish and fisheries across the globe. Here in the western U.S., long-term drought, coupled with record-setting heat and compounded by hydrologic and habitat alteration, have negatively affected a wide variety of ecosystems and species, ranging from anadromous fish of the Columbia/Snake River basin to popular recreational fisheries in irrigation storage reservoirs to the iconic wild trout fisheries of the Yellowstone region. In turn, equally diverse groups of fisheries users and stakeholders have been negatively affected - Indigenous peoples, urban anglers, and tourist-dependent communities in rural areas. Themes of Idaho Chapter AFS meetings in recent years reflect the diversity of challenges posed by these problems and the diversity of potential solutions. Topics have included the land-water interface (joint with the Wildlife Society), science-based fishing regulations vs. angler ethics, science communication, and aquaculture. Tackling this diverse set of challenges with a diverse set of tools requires a diverse set of fisheries professionals. Sustaining that diverse profession will require removing barriers to entry for people currently under-represented in the profession, and to their subsequent training, development and professional fulfillment. The 2022 meeting will explore some of these barriers and present ideas for their removal. Topics addressed in workshops, plenary talks, and invited papers will range from cultural competency to traditional ecological knowledge to locally based examples of how career opportunities for under-represented groups are being expanded. The planning committee hopes that this meeting will prompt conversations within ICAFS that will open career pathways for diverse fisheries professionals in Idaho.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Zachary Penney, Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission and recipient of the 2021 Emmeline Moore Prize from the American Fisheries Society.

Dr. Vanessa Anthony-Stevens, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Idaho.

Dr. Ivan Arismendi, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, Oregon State University.

Invited Talks

The plenary session will be followed by five 20-minute talks presenting local and regional examples of projects, initiatives, and programs that increase engagement and career opportunities among groups traditionally under-represented in the fisheries profession.

Please direct questions about the meeting format or meeting theme to Rob Van Kirk at