Welcome and Invitation

The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) of the University of Miami and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) were delighted to host the 37th Annual Larval Fish Conference in Miami, Florida.



About LFC

The Early Life History Section (ELHS) is an interest-discipline subunit of the American Fisheries Society with an international membership of over 400 scientists. It is the only organization of this kind devoted to interests in the early life history of freshwater, estuarine, and marine fishes, and related matters. Through its newsletter, Stages, the AFS’s ELHS encourages and facilitates exchange of knowledge and ideas, updates members on current research, publications, meetings and other events, provides feature articles and reviews and communicates Section and pertinent AFS business and concerns. The annual Larval Fish Conferences (LFC) that serve as the focal point of ELHS activities evolved from a series of informal, freshwater-oriented, symposia that began in 1977. The current LFCs, which are hosted and sponsored by various organizations throughout the world, cover the complete spectrum of research (from all habitats and geographic locations) related to fish early life history. A list of all the LFCs can be found on the ELHS web page. The dates, locations, host institutions, and publications resulting from these meetings are all available.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone interested in the subject matter can attend the conference. Those who wish to participate without making a presentation are welcome. The simplest and most effective way to stay informed about this or other LFCs is to add yourself to the Annual Larval Fish Conference mailing list.

Insight into images - Akihiro Shiroza's “Glorification of the Dead”

The 2013 Annual Larval Fish Conference is proud to feature the work of scientist and artist Akihiro Shiroza. Aki’s haunting digital renditions of fish larvae are the inspiration for the conference poster and are part of his “Glorification of the Dead” series now on display at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. The series, conceived to ritualize and purify larval fish specimens before their final departure, is a tour de force of the often, and regretfully-overlooked intersection between science and art.

Take a moment to explore Aki’s scientific and artistic journey in his video “Planktonic Boundaries Beyond the Mind,” and find out about the artist's works by clicking here.

Download the artist's themed 2013 LFC Desktop Background (right click to save as).