Common AFS Fish Names

Common AFS Fish NamesThe AFS, or American Fisheries Society, is the "oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources," according to its website and promotional material. The AFS has been in existence since 1870 promoting healthy fisheries in the United States. The AFS has many resources for professionals and amateur fisheries workers, fishermen and other marine based enthusiasts, including a compendium of common fish names in the United States.

North-Central and Northeastern Species

The AFS offers a free spell-checking and name device you can install on your computer with the correct common and scientific names and spellings of fish species. The AFS breaks this down into four regions, with the North-Central and Northeastern getting their own headings. Species listed include the Esox lucius, or Northern Pike, and Stizostedion vitreum, known commonly as the walleye.


Southern Division

Species in the Southern division of the AFS have common and scientific name device and books, including the Ictalurus furcatus, commonly referred to as the blue catfish, the Ictalurus punctatus, aka the channel catfish or channel cat, the Lepomis macrochirus, called the bluegill, and the Pomoxis nigromaculatus, affectionately referred to as the crappie.

Western Division

AFS species in the Western division include the ocean-going trout Oncorhynchus mykiss, also called the steelhead. Salmonids such as the Oncorhynchus tschawytscha, commonly called the chinook salmon, and the Oncorhynchus kisutch, also called the silver salmon, are included in the AFS's common name listings for Western species.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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