President's Corner
September 2017

I hope you have enjoyed these last few weeks of summer as most schools are back in session. This is a great time to be a member of the Georgia Chapter! In January 2017, our Past-President, Chris Harper, led the planning of a very successful, informative meeting that had a total of 128 attendees and included a diverse program of 38 talks and 19 posters. Nearly 60% of the presentations were given by students, with a number of undergrad presenters! We hope that this trend continues.

In addition, the GA Chapter and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently co-sponsored a Fish Aging Workshop at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, GA. This two-day workshop provided attendees hands-on instruction in otolith extraction, mounting, processing, and reading/interpretation for centrarchids, ictalurids, and several marine fishes. A total of 30 biologists from around the state of Georgia attended this workshop and included GA-DNR fisheries personnel, students, and consultants. The Go Fish Education Center (GA-DNR) provided their facilities and various resources to conduct this workshop. Past-President Tim Bonvechio (GADNR – Freshwater Fisheries) and Donna McDowell (GADNR – Coastal Resources Division) served as co-instructors. Our goal is to provide at least one summer workshop each year as a continuing education opportunity for all our members, as well as non-members.

As a Chapter, we need to continue our great work in increasing student participation and promoting diversity among our membership. Please feel free to share your ideas with me either by email at or even at the next annual meeting, so we can be most effective at achieving this goal. Continued...

Peter Sakaris
Chapter President

Welcome to Georgia AFS

The Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (GA-AFS) was formed in 1986. Prior to that time, fisheries professional in Georgia were organized as the Georgia Fisheries Workers Association (GFWA). GA-AFS, like the GWFA before it, is the premiere fisheries professional organization in the State of Georgia.

With over 100 members annually, GA-AFS is dedicated to the promotion of sound fisheries science and development of our fisheries professionals. Our members come from across the Southeast, ranging from natural resource managers, aquaculturists, researchers, conservationists, and numerous biological disciplines; and representing state and federal government, academia, private consulting, industry, and recreational fishing. Together, we work towards the common goal of improving the fish and aquatic resources of Georgia.

2018 GA-AFS Chapter Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars for the 2018 GA-AFS Chapter Meeting to be held in Unicoi State Park, Helen, GA during January 23-25, 2018. Only minutes away from the alpine village of Helen and the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River, Unicoi State Park and Lodge offers guests rest, relaxation and 1050 acres of wild and wondrous Chattahoochee National Forest.



2018 GA-AFS Chapter Annual Meeting Documents

Check out the Meeting page for more information about registration, abstract submittal, lodging rerservations, sponsors, and more.

Thanks to Go Fish Education Center!

We appreciate the Go Fish Education Center's continued support in allowing GA-AFS to host continuing education workshops and trainings at their facility.

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Last updated: September 7, 2016