President's Corner
May 2014

Thanks to all of you who braved the winter weather to attend this year’s chapter meeting in Athens. A huge thanks to Tim Bonvechio (GA DNR) and Rebecca Brown (Milton HS), who helped overcome some major obstacles to keep the meeting going and to keep our attendees warm and fed through all of the snow and ice. While some talks had to be cancelled because speakers could not make it to the meeting, several of our members valiantly stepped up to the plate and filled in to keep the program going. Overall, I don’t think the meeting could have gone much better considering the challenges we faced. Even with lower attendance, especially on Wednesday and Thursday, our raffle and silent auction still brought in more than $1,000!

Because of the weather situation, we made the decision to hold the chapter business meeting a day early on Tuesday while we had a quorum. Congratulations to Bryant Bowen (GA DNR) for his election to the position of President-Elect. Bryant will take over as President next year and will be in charge of planning the 2016 Georgia Chapter meeting. Also, huge thanks go to Chris Harper (GA DNR) and Pete Sakaris (SPSU) for volunteering to run. It is a credit to the chapter that we were able to decide between such well-qualified candidates. Continued...

Patrick O'Rouke
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.


2015 Southern Division AFS Annual Meeting

SDAFS 2015 Meeting Logo

The Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will be hosting the 2015 Southern Division AFS Spring Meeting in Savannah, GA from Jan 28 - Feb 1, 2015. Visit the 2015 SDAFS Meeting website to receive updated information.

The Program Committee is excited to announce the first call for Symposia and Workshop proposals with a submission deadline of August 15, 2014. To submit a proposal, visit the Symposia/Workshop page.

To receive updated information about the meeting as it becomes available, please RSVP for the meeting on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


Riverfront Savannah

The Waterfront on River Street in downtown Savannah.
Credit: Visit Savannah.

Last updated: June 24, 2014