General Information

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a paid summer internship program for high school juniors and seniors sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS).

Accepted students are known as “Hutton Scholars” and are mentored by a fisheries professional. Students are matched with a mentor in their local area and participate in a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting.

In order for student to receive full internship payment, they must complete both a mid-summer report as well as a final report. All reports must be submitted to the Educational Program Coordinator.

Our Mission:

To increase diversity within the Fisheries professions.

Our Vision:

The principle 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.


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.

Fisheries Science

What is fisheries science?

Fisheries science is the study of freshwater, marine and/or estuarine aquatic systems that involve humans. A fishery is any body of water with which humans interact, such as in the form of fishing or swimming. A body of water that does not involve human interaction in one form or another is not a fishery.

What do fisheries scientists do?

Fisheries scientists analyze the ecological health and sustainability of fisheries, how the health of fisheries affects the people who interact with them and vice versa. Fisheries scientists assess and monitor fish and aquatic invertebrate populations to determine ecological and economic health of the environment as well as to determine harvest rates of various species. Harvest rates refer to the amount of fish or aquatic invertebrates caught for commercial, recreational or subsistence purposes. Fisheries scientists conduct research in the field as well as in laboratories.

What are the major areas of research within fisheries science?

Fisheries science includes many areas of research, such as studying aquatic populations, habitats, ecological health, biodiversity, physiology and toxicology, socioeconomics and fisheries management. Aquatic resources management refers to the process of minimizing adverse impacts on aquatic populations within their shared habitat through science-based practices in order to conserve the aquatic resource as a whole.