Western Native Fishes Committee

Purpose: The Western Native Fishes Committee grew out of the 2002-2003 Western Native Fishes Special Committee’s Database with a mission to promote stewardship of native fishes within the Division boundaries through information-sharing (i.e., symposia, publications, databases) and professional development.

Mission: The vision of the Western Native Fishes Committee of the Western Division of AFS is to foster a network of fisheries scientists and managers with expertise and interest in the native fishes of Western North America to address emerging ecological and conservation concerns for these organisms and their habitats.  In particular, we support the completion and dissemination of sound science pertaining to these fishes. We recruit members from all career stages and employment backgrounds, and emphasize the engagement of students and young professionals to perpetuate these values.


To be added to the WNF mailing list contact westernnativefishes@gmail.com

Luke Schultz, Wyoming Game and Fish, Pinedale, WY; luke.schultz@wyo.gov

Nate Cathcart, Alaska Game and Fish, Multiple locations, The World; cncathca@gmail.com

Mark Smith, Wyoming Game and Fish, Cheyenne, WY; mark.smith1@wyo.gov

Tim D’Amico, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Nampa, ID; timothy.damico@idfg.idaho.gov

Phil Branigan, Idaho Fish and Game, Nampa, ID; phil.branigan@idfg.idaho.gov

Eric Wagner, freelance fish bum, Logan, UT; fishcreekut@gmail.com


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Salvelinus confluentus Curiosity Society:

Salvelinus confluentus Curiosity Society (ScCS) is a group of biologists, naturalists, and Bull Trout enthusiasts that share knowledge to develop rational management of wild Bull Trout stocks and their habitat. Since 1989, the ScCS has been meeting annually to learn from each other and assist with local efforts aimed at Bull Trout conservation and management. Based on similar taxonomic interests and missions, the ScCS is now hosted under the WDAFS Western Native Fishes Committee.

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