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By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
08/17/15 -- This week, the FISHBIO team is amassing in Portland for arguably one of the largest gatherings of "fish people" in the world - the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. In the spirit of "by fish people, for fish people," we wanted to share some of the resources we've recently compiled that we think others will value and enjoy.

The question we're most likely to get asked this week is "Who is FISHBIO and what do you do?" As one way of answering, we invite you to check out our newest video, which we think really captures the feeling of who we are, what we do, and the fish we love. We've also summed up our "FISHBIO story" in this interactive visual form.

For those in Portland, we've pulled together a quick reference to help you keep track of all the FISHBIO symposia and talks at AFS. Find it on our website. We'll be sharing a wealth of information during the meeting about technology, Mekong fisheries, and even a surprise or two. We'll also be posting photos and fun updates from the conference on this page, so check back throughout the week.

Sharing information and providing resources are an important part of the work we do. The most recent example is this handy compilation of automated fish monitoring solutions that can help you decide which tool is right for you. For researchers working in Southeast Asia, we've assembled a variety of communications resources at the Mekong Fish Network website. And to find out more about FISHBIO's projects, the tools we use, and how we can help you address your fisheries challenges, check out our FISHBIO magazine.

In the last year, we've really ramped up video production to tell some unique stories. Our video on restoring the Stanislaus River's Honolulu Bar will be screened at the AFS meeting on Tuesday, August 18 (10:39 AM& 3:59 PM inC-126, Oregon Convention Center). We've also produced a number of other video resources, such as a review of the ARIS camera unit, a demonstration of pairing an ARIS with an electrofishing boat, and a video that describes the first fish snorkel surveys conducted on Big Chico Creek in more than a decade. You can find all these videos on our YouTube page, and can also find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and Pinterest.

For the conference crowd, did you know that many of our presentations are publicly available? Check out our recent presentations on SlideShare - including our most popular on the use of large half-duplex PIT tag antennas to evaluate fish entrainment. We'll add our AFS slides after the meeting, so even if you can't make it to Portland, you don't have to miss out on all the fun.

Does all this make you excited to become part of the FISHBIO team? We are always on the lookout for skilled and qualified biologists and technicians. You can send us your resume via the Contact Us page on our website.

If you're part of the crowd of fish people at AFS this week, please stop by and say hello! We'll be at Booth 206 - just look for the salmon chairs... additional information is available at the American Fisheries Society website.

FISHBIO is a dedicated group of research scientists, engineers, and technicians that specialize in counting, tracking, and analyzing trends in fish and wildlife populations throughout the world. An expert staff, technical capacity, and state-of-the-art equipment make FISHBIO a trailblazer in aquatic research. For more information, please visit

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Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek.
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers,
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story


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