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Congratulations to the W.F. Thompson Best Student Paper Award Winners!

2017 Best Paper - Robert Mollenhauer, Oklahoma State University

Mollenhauer, R., Mouser, J.B., and S.K. Brewer. 2017(2018). Sampling the stream landscape: Improving the applicability of an eco-region level capture probability model for stream fishes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75:1614-1625. First published on-line at on 18 Dec 2017


2018 Best Paper - Cheryl L Barnes, University of Alaska

Barnes, CL, AH Beaudreau, ME Hunsicker, and L Ciannelli. 2018. Assessing the potential for competition between Pacific Halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) and Arrowtooth Flounder (Atheresthes stomias) in the Gulf of Alaska. PLoS ONE. 13(12).

Celebrating the life of Richard "Dick" Schaefer (1935 - 2019) 

With great sadness we share the news of Dick Schaefer's passing back in November 2019.

Dick was a prominent fisheries scientist, earning both his BS and MS in fisheries science at Rutgers University. He worked for the US Army, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation, and NMFS. During his career, he advocated for proper management of recreational fisheries and his efforts contributed to the successful recovery of striped bass. Under his leadership, NOAA expanded its recreational fisheries program to the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. Dick joined AIFRB in 1971 and was the president from 2003 to 2004 during which he improved AIFRB membership and increased the visibility of AIFRB within the fisheries profession. If you would like to read his full obituary, please follow this link  

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