The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program aims to stimulate career interest in Fisheries Science among young people from underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

Our Mission

To increase diversity within the Fisheries professions.

Our Vision

The principal goal of the Hutton Program is to stimulate interest in careers in Fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women.

General Program Overview

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a paid summer internship and mentoring program for high school students, and is sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS). Selected students known as “Hutton Scholars,” are matched and mentored by a fisheries professional in their local area to enjoy a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting.

Hutton Scholars receive a $4,000 award as well as valuable work experience in an exciting and rewarding field. Each student must complete mid-summer and final reports in order to successfully complete the program.


The American Fisheries Society has overall program management responsibility. The Executive Director of AFS provides an annual report on the program to the Governing Board of AFS. A Hutton committee appointed by the AFS President evaluates and makes recommendations for improvements in the Hutton Program.

Contact Us

Telephone: (301) 897-8616 ex. 204

Email: [email protected] 

Mailing address:

American Fisheries Society
425 Barlow Place, Suite 110
Bethesda, MD 20814-2199