Terms and Conditions

AFS Privacy Policy and Web Site Terms

I consent to allowing American Fisheries Society to capture and use my personal data. I understand and have read the Terms of Service and understand that I may revoke this consent at any time.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it
We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, register on the site, place an order, subscribe to the newsletter, respond to a survey, fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address, mailing address, phone number, credit card information. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identifying information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site-related activities.

How we use collected information
American Fisheries Society may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes:

·        To improve customer service
Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.

·        To personalize user experience
We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.

·        To improve our Site
We may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services.

·        To process payments
We may use the information Users provide about themselves when placing an order only to provide service to that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to provide the service.

·        To run a promotion, contest, survey or other Site feature
To send Users information they agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to them.

·        To send periodic emails
We may use the email address to send User information and updates pertaining to their order. It may also be used to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that may include society news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email or User may contact us via our Site.

·        Financial information
We may use financial information or payment method to process payment for any purchases, subscriptions or sales made on our website, to protect against or identify possible fraudulent transactions, and otherwise as needed to manage our business. We will maintain a record of your purchases, transactional information, your services history, and usage. We may also retain your communications with us and our responses. We do not store personally identifiable financial information such as credit card information. Rather, we use third party financial service providers to facilitate and process financial transactions. These providers may include banks, credit card intermediaries, and processors, etc.

·        Service Providers
Sometimes we need to share your information with our third-party service providers, who help us provide and support our services and other business functions such as book sales, journal publication, and meeting registration. For example, we use service providers to assist with the following: analyzing data, hosting data, engaging technical support, processing payments, delivering content, mailing journals to subscribers or allowing online access, email distribution, and providing customer service.

Who we share your data with
We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates, and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third-party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Embedded content from other websites
Items on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

 These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Additional information
How we protect your data
We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site.

Sensitive and private data exchange between the Site and its Users happens over a SSL secured communication channel and is encrypted and protected with digital signatures.

Cross border transfers
AFS may transfer your personal information outside of your country of residence. In order to process your transactions, we may store your personal information on our servers and those servers may reside outside the country where you live. Our current server is located in the United States. Such processing may include, among other things, the fulfillment of your order, the processing of your payment details, and the provision of support services.

By submitting your personal information, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing of your information. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your personal information is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and all applicable data protection laws.

What third parties we receive data from
AFS may receive information about you if you use any of the other websites we operate or the other services we provide. We also work closely with third parties (including, for example, business partners and sub-contractors in technical, payment, and delivery services; analytics providers; our journal publisher; search information providers; and credit reference agencies) from whom AFS may receive information about you.


Changes to this privacy policy

American Fisheries Society has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Contacting us: If you have any questions about these terms and conditions, the practices of this site, change your consent or dealings with this site, please contact us at:

American Fisheries Society
425 Barlow Place, Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 897-8616
main@fisheries.org     www.fisheries.org

Updated on August 27, 2020

For more information about these terms and conditions contact Sjohnston@fisheries.org