By Fish People, For Fish People

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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 it 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 at 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 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 in C-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. You can find all these videos on our YouTube page, and can also find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and Pintrest.

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.

This post featured in our weekly e-newsletter, the Fish Report. You can subscribe to the Fish Report here.