Recruitment and retention of new fisheries professionals is an issue affecting all levels and units of AFS. This symposium was created by Students and Early Career Professionals (S&ECP) with the goal of creating a space where S&ECP individuals may feel comfortable and open to exercise their voices. This symposium has been designed to provide an opportunity for S&ECP to discuss how AFS might better serve this upcoming generation of fisheries professionals. The first session includes a “First Time Presenters Session” where individuals can expect a low stress, supportive discussion environment and receive feedback on their work. The second session provides a focused discussion about what S&ECP value with the aim to create a vision of how AFS might better support the next generation.

Supported by:

  • Equal Opportunities Section
  • International Fisheries Section


  • Greyson Wolf, University of Notre Dame, [email protected]
  • Lian Guo, California Sea Grant
  • Samantha Betances, US Fish and Wildlife
  • Kaylyn Zipp, University of Maine
  • Brittany Harried, Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri
  • Shaley Valentine, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Taylor Heckman, University of California, Davis
  • Carrianne Pershyn, SECP