The American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists is a professional organization established to promote conservation and proper utilization of fishery resources through the use of fishery and related sciences. The role of the Institute is the professional development and performance of its members, and the recognition of their achievements. This goal is pursued by advancing the theory, practice and application of fishery biology and fishery- related sciences. AIFRB members maintain and promote the highest professional standards of conduct. The AIFRB is dedicated to bringing awareness to the outstanding achievements and competence of fishery scientists and conservationists throughout the Regions.
Membership is open to qualified individuals with formal training and demonstrated competence and achievement in the field of fishery science and related research and conservation. Applicants meeting qualifications are admitted as active members at Associate, Member or Fellow (highest) rank. Members are advanced in rank based on exemplary achievements such as in publishing, professional growth and responsibility, teaching that contributes to resource conservation, or editorial excellence. Or they may be recognized for promoting key fishery-related legislation or exceptional program planning and management of activities in fishery organizations, or professional involvement in public affairs related to aquatic resource conservation.
The Institute consists of six Regions: Alaska and Western Canada, Northwestern, Southwestern U.S. and Western Mexico, Central States and Middle Canada, Northeastern States and Eastern Canada and Southeastern States and Eastern Mexico. Within each Region, Districts may be formed provided there is a nucleus of active Members. Although the Districts have considerable autonomy, policy is the responsibility of the Executive Board.
Districts hold meetings during the year but there is no annual meeting to which all members are invited. The Board holds an annual meeting and reception usually at the place of and just prior to the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society. All members are invited and encouraged to attend.