President's Corner
April 2015

Spring is in the air and we are still receiving accolades for hosting one of the best Southern Division meetings EVER! If you can’t tell, we are still riding that wave and will probably continue to for a while. I was lucky enough to attend the AFS Governing Board meeting in Savannah and received many kind words from the members, including the AFS Executive Director and President, on an outstanding job hosting the SDAFS meeting. We want to thank the planning board and all the volunteers that pitched in to make the SDAFS meeting a huge success!

The Governing Board meeting fostered the development of a value proposition AFS can use to show younger members the value of the society. To relay this message, AFS members can share with their mentees how AFS fostered their careers through membership, whether it was by publications, networking for successful employment, or continuing education. Another important topic addressed was how to offer more support for student chapters so they can get more involved with the state chapters in order to help their transition in becoming professionals. Lastly, the Governing Board stressed that there is no such thing as the “Parent” society; it is “THE” American Fisheries Society and should be spoken of as so. The idea here is to streamline the idea that the state chapters Continued...

Bryant Bowen
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 throughout 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 interests. Together, we work towards the common goal of improving the fish and aquatic resources of Georgia.


Congrats to Gary Grossman for Receiving National Award!

Congrats to GA-AFS Chapter Member Gary Grossman for receiving the 2014 Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award from the American Fisheries Society. The American Fisheries Society presents this award to an individual or organization each year for “outstanding contributions to the conservation of fishery resources.” Gary is the 23rd person to win the award since it began in 1991.


2016 GA-AFS Chapter Meeting

The GA-AFS Executive Committee met on April 10, 2015 at the Go Fish Georgia Education Center. Several things were on the day's agenda, and one item in particular was voting for the location of the 2016 Chapter meeting. It is our pleasure to announce we will be meeting in Columbus, GA in 2016. Meeting dates and other details are still being determined. Stay tuned for more information!

Last updated: April 21, 2015