CELEBRATING GEORGIA’S AQUATIC DIVERSITY

Join us January 19 – 21, 2021 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.  The Poster Social on January 19th will be held at the GoFish Education Center and will be catered.  

The 2021 Annual Meeting Program will include: presentations on cutting-edge scientific research, opportunities to share experience and knowledge, networking opportunities to build relationships with colleagues, technical sessions and posters to entice the mind, and an awards banquet to celebrate achievements.

Hotel Information

Comfort Inn and Suites of Perry 

Let them know you are with the Georgia Chapter AFS to get the group rate.

Registration

Information coming soon

Abstract Submission

Call for Abstracts – We welcome topics including, but not limited to, fisheries management, aquatic invasive species, fish health, aquaculture, endangered species, non-game aquatic species, fisheries ecology in the urban interface, and all coastal fisheries. Please email your abstracts to Carolyn Belcher  (Carolyn.Belcher@dnr.ga.gov) by December 15, 2020. Abstracts (300 words max) should be submitted as an attachment in a Word document and include the following information:

Presentation Title
Presenting Author (with contact information; work address and email)
Co-authors (with contact information)
Abstract (300 words max)
Presentation type: Oral or Poster
*Please also indicate if you are a student presenter

Award Nominations

Do you know a fishery professional who has gone above and beyond to get the job done?  We are looking for nominations for Fisheries Professional of the Year.  You do not need to be a nominee’s supervisor to nominate them for this award.

Do you know of a Chapter member who has made outstanding contributions to the Chapter and its mission?  Nominate them for the Distinguished Service Award.

Do you know of a person or organization who has made a specific contribution or hosted an event that supports the Chapter or its mission.?  Consider nominating them for a Certificate of Appreciation.  This person or organization does not need to be a member of GAAFS.

Do you know someone who has recently retired/or about to retire soon and have made numerous and significant contributions towards the advancement of fisheries research and/or management in Georgia over the course of their career?  Nominate them for the Career Contribution Award.

Do you know of an individual or group for their outstanding contributions or service to fisheries conservation in Georgia?  Nominate them for the Fisheries Conservationist of the Year.

Do you know a person who may not be directly employed as a typical fisheries professional (e.g. biologist, technician, etc.), but provides exceptional work that is essential to the mission of promoting the conservation, development, and wise use utilization of fisheries resources.  Nominate them for the Unsung Hero Award.

Award nominations should be submitted to Steve Sammons (sammosm@auburn.edu)  by January 8, 2021.

Information about past award recipients: https://gaafs.org/award-nominations/

Scholarship Information

Application forms for both the academic scholarship and the travel stipend scholarship will be available to students in September.  https://gaafs.org/students/

Fundraising/Donations

Each year at the annual meeting the Chapter has a raffle/silent auction to fund conservation projects, community outreach projects, training workshops, scholarships, and travel awards which support the Chapter and its mission.  Recent contributions include a donation to the GoFish Education Center classroom in Perry, GA and a donation to support the Crayfish Creek restoration project.

The Chapter accepts monetary donations as well as raffle/silent auction donations.  You can contact our Fundraising Chair, Jackson Sibley, for more information.

https://gaafs.org/support-the-chapter/