Thursday, October 16, 2008


The American Fisheries Society has optional membership that provides many benefits. Students, professionals, or anyone that shows interest in fisheries. Benefits include access to many online journals, the monthly "Fisheries" AFS publication in print, access to discounted AFS literature, and participation at the many conferences and meetings held every year.

There are many ways to obtain a membership, and many levels.

Membership Categories:
- Individual: fisheries professional or single person
- Student: high school, college, university, technical program, etc...
- Associate/Official/Sustaining/Golden memberships: organizations or wealthy individuals who can donate lots of time and/or money to AFS (generally doesn't apply to Student Chapters!)

What you will need to start:
- Credit card
- Personal information (billing/mailing addresses, email address, other contact information)
- Reliable internet connection

How to apply:
  1. Go to:
  2. Click "Join"
    • Make sure you are joining the appropriate membership level (as described above)
  3. Fill in the required information
    • Fields with an asterisk are required: first/last name, email, address, city, zip, country, login and password (enter 2 times)
  4. Click submit
  5. Confirm information is correct
  6. Click submit
  7. Click the drop-down menu and read through the options for membership level
  8. Scroll down and click the correct level, taking note of price
  9. Click "Save and Proceed to Next Step"
  10. Click the bullet next to any journal subscription you would like, taking note of price
  11. Click "Save and Proceed to Next Step"
  12. Click any boxes next to Section Dues that you may need to purchase
  13. Click "Save and Proceed to Next Step"
  14. Click any boxes next to any Chapters of AFS that you would like to be a member of
  15. Click "Save and Proceed to Next Step"
  16. Click any boxes next to contributions you would like to donate to AFS
  17. Click "Save and Proceed to Next Step"
  18. If you would not like to be included when AFS distributes member information for related organizations or if you would not like to be included in the online directory, click "Exclude Me" next to the corresponding boxes
  19. If you were recruited by an AFS member type their name and their AFS membership number in the box on the bottom of the page
  20. Click "Proceed to Checkout"
  21. Select Credit Card Type from the drop-down list under Credit Card Information
  22. Enter the Credit Card Expiration date using the drop-down menus under Credit Card Information
  23. Enter the Credit Card Number
  24. Enter 3 digit security code located on the back of the credit card
  25. Type the name as it appears on the credit card
  26. Enter the address where your credit card bill is sent (address, city, state abbreviation, zip, country)
  27. Click "Check-Out"

This completes your order.

Need Help?
Having trouble entering information?
Make sure all of the fields with asterisks are completed in the correct format.

Credit card doesn't have 3 digit security code, or it is warn off?
Contact your credit card company to issue you a new card.

Your internet connection caused an error when processing order?
Wait for a confirmation email (atleast 2 hours) before you go through the whole process. This will avoid a double charge to your credit card.

There are many steps to this process. If you are having difficulty contact, as we have gone through this process and are relatively familiar with online ordering.

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