47th Larval Fish Conference

Registration is Open!


Early-bird registration for the 47th Larval Fish Conference (LFC47) is now open through April 3rd.

For the best rate, register early (saves $200) and become an Early Life History Section (ELHS) member (saves $75).

  • Affiliate Members do not belong to AFS & join the ELHS for $15. Click to join the ELHS. Affiliate members cannot vote on ELHS business.
  • Full Members belong to AFS and pay $15 to join the ELHS. Click to join AFS. The $15 ELHS membership fee can be paid on the AFS site.

General registration begins on April 4th and will remain open until April 26th. We encourage you to take advantage of the early-bird rates and become an ELHS member to save on your registration costs.

Call for Abstracts (due March 1, 2024)

We invite you to share your science at the 47th Larval Fish Conference (LFC), which is being organized by the Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society. Scientific sessions will occur during Monday-Thursday, May 13-16, 2024, at Sawmill Creek Resort, located in Huron, Ohio, on the southern shore of Lake Erie. Eight themes have been proposed for this year’s conference.

  • Temporal variability in habitat use and spatial distribution of early life stages
  • Recruitment across a freshwater-to-marine continuum: seeking generality
  • Life after metamorphosis: ontogeny and its impact on the ecology of juvenile pre-recruits
  • Impacts of human-driven environmental change on early life stages
  • How it started and how it is going: the value of long-term ichthyoplankton time-series
  • Causes and consequences of variability in larval fish foraging and growth
  • Aquaculture and mariculture: advancements in egg, larval, and juvenile rearing success
  • Advances in systematics, early life history, and population demographics: tools of the trade

Abstracts must be submitted online by Friday, March 1, 2024, at this link. Both oral presentations and posters are welcome.

  • Oral presentations will be scheduled for Monday (May 13) through Thursday (May 16). A best student presentation competition will also occur.
  • A poster session will occur on Monday (May 13) evening with free food and drinks provided. A best student poster competition will also occur.

View the Call for Abstracts

In addition to the scientific sessions, the 47th LFC will have multiple off-site excursions from which to choose (e.g., charter fishing, kayaking/canoeing, birding/hatchery tour, science cruise/Stone Laboratory tour), an early career event (focused on preventing scientific burnout), a banquet with free dinner, and a larval fish identification workshop on Friday, May 17. Lots of opportunities will exist to discuss science and socialize with others interested in the early life history of freshwater and marine fishes. For more information, visit the LFC 47 website or download a conference flyer here.

Lake Erie at Huron, Ohio. Courtesy of Shores & Islands Ohio.

For more information about the 47th LFC or Early Life History Section visit:

Larval Fish Conference website:

Early Life History Section website:

Early Life History Section on FB:

Early Life History Section on Twitter: For questions about LFC 47, please reach out to Stuart Ludsin ([email protected]), current president of the Early Life History Section and the primary LFC 47 organizer.