The Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (GA-AFS) is a local chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS).

Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources.  The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

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

With over 180 members annually, GA-AFS is dedicated to the promotion of sound fisheries science and the development of our fisheries professionals.  Membership in GA-AFS is open to anyone interested in the progress of fisheries science and education, and the conservation and management of fisheries resources in Georgia.  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.

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The purchase of a fishing license is quick, easy and directly contributes toward conservation efforts.  One hundred percent of license fees go directly toward conservation and restoration, but licenses aren’t the only source of conservation funds. Each year, our Sport Fish Restoration Program distributes millions of dollars to state fish and wildlife resource agencies dedicated to restoration and enhancement projects across the country. This user-pay user-benefit reimbursement program relies on an excise tax paid by manufacturers, producers, and importers of sport fishing equipment as well as small engine and motor boat fuel taxes paid by recreational boaters. Since 1952, more than $8 billion in Sport Fish Restoration Program grant funds have been distributed to state agencies for approved grants, reimbursing them up to 75% of project costs. This includes fish management, species and habitat restoration, habitat protection, land acquisition, research, education, and public access for fishing and boating. (

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Check out the website Take Me Fishing™ ( to learn about fishing in different parts of the United States.  Click on any state link to learn more about fishing and boating in that particular state.   A Fishing license is one of the most important items any angler needs before they go fishing– every purchase helps protect, preserve, and enhance the sport of fishing today and for generations to come.