American Fisheries Society
Fisheries Information and
The Fisheries Information and Technology Section (AFSFITS) was known as the Computer User Section (AFSCUS) until the name change in 2008. The AFSFITS section was established in 1985 as part of the American Fisheries Society by fisheries professionals to foster communications among fisheries computer users. The section has developed criteria for the professional review of computer software, and has become a repository for a variety of software used in fisheries analyses. We provide an online guide to internet and technical resources for fishery biologists. The section distributes software from a peer-reviewed library, supports an electronic mailing list, provides technical information to AFS subunits and members. We actively sponsor workshops, symposia and meetings on a regular basis and are active in the formulation of Society policy. The AFS Fisheries Information and Technology Section sponsors and judges a Student Poster Award for the best student poster at the annual AFS Parent Society Meeting that incorporates technology uses on solving fisheries problems. Current AFSFITS bylaws can be found here.
AFSFITS Annual Meeting: Monday Aug 20th from 2:30 to 4:00 PM, Kellogg II meeting room @ the Crowne Plaza, St. Paul MN during the annual AFS Conference.
Fall 2011 Newsletter: click here
Electronic Services Advisory Board and Canton Group have completed an evaluation of the AFS Website and electronic services, click here for the PDF report.
What We're Doing
Computer Users: AFS has developed a free download of a Fish Name Spell-checker tool for use with MS Word. get it here.
AFSFITS members have participated
in the National Fisheries Data Summits. The Final Report has been issued
and can be accessed here
(PDF). We have developed a sub-home page for the Data Summit; click
here for more.
AFSFITS was a co-sponsor of the Science and Data Partners Workshop held Sunday, September 2, 2007. Find out more here (PDF).
We have updated our software library (S-FAT and FishBC 3.0 are now available!) Programs are now available from the AFS Bookstore. Our Tech Resources page has links to AFSFITS software reviews (FAST Users: see new note about MS Vista and Windows 7) and links for fisheries GIS and computer users.
“GISFish” is a Global Gateway to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing and Mapping for Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries. Click here to access the GISFish Web site: http://www.fao.org/fi/gisfish/index.jsp. See our Tech Resources page for more info.
Coast - Deepwater Horizon / BP Oil Spill Response
NOAA Fisheries Service continues to provide data, plan surveys, and protocols to the recovery effort in the Gulf of Mexico. For daily updates regarding this effort please see the Unified Command's Joint Information Center, Restore the Gulf website, and the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration. For fishery-specific oil-related regulatory actions (i.e., closures and reopenings) please see the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office website. To learn about NOAA's science missions in the Gulf please visit the science mission website.
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