October 2019 Message from Georgia AFS President Jim Page

It’s hard to believe how the year has flown, but Fall is officially here!  With the arrival of cooler temps and changing leaves also comes the realization that we aren’t too far away from our annual meeting!  As a reminder, mark your calendars to join us in Augusta at the Doubletree on January 28-30.  Our theme for this year’s meeting is “Managing Our Aquatic Resources for People, the Economy, and Nature”, and we are scheduled to have a symposia on “Georgia’s Public Fishing Areas”.  This symposium will be an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the many public fishing areas Georgia has to offer, and provide attendees with the chance to meet many of the folks who manage these wonderful resources.  Several of these folks are county, state, and federal employees, and thus students and those considering pursuing fisheries work should hopefully find this opportunity as a good chance to learn about and learn from those in their future career field.   In addition to learning about public fishing areas, we are excited about the professional and student talks as well.  In that realm, I encourage each of you to strongly consider giving a presentation and informing us on some of the work you are engaged in.  Remember, if you are interested in being a presenter, you’ll want to sign up before December 1 with Carolyn Belcher (Carolyn.Belcher@dnr.ga.gov) to ensure you have a spot. 

As we draw closer to the meeting and wrap up the calendar year, I want to extend my utmost appreciation to everyone who has helped further the GA AFS mission over the last several months.  Whether it be those who helped facilitate the successful fish disease/biosecurity workshop we had in July; the team that represented GA AFS at our CoastFest booth this year where over 10,000 people visited; the work of the many committees in the Chapter trying to help grow our members and strengthen our Chapter;  the efforts of those who helped update our bylaws for the first time since 2000 (which I’m happy to report were approved); or the work of those diligently preparing and tackling all of the tasks necessary to conduct the annual meeting we have forthcoming in January, each of you are equally important, needed, and appreciated for what you contribute! 

In closing, as we wind down this year and stare at 2020, I strongly encourage each of you, particularly for those not currently serving, to become actively involved in our Chapter.  Many of our committees can certainly use your help, and our success as a Chapter cannot be fully achieved without people stepping up and helping out. 

I hope to see you in Augusta on January 28-30 for some good times, great fellowship, and a wonderful time of learning about much of the hard work you do and wonderful opportunities awaiting all of us in the public waters of our beautiful state!

 

Jim Page

(Jim.Page@dnr.ga.gov)

Chapter President

Congratulations 2019 AFS Fellow Cecil Jennings

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Congratulations to Cecil Jennings for becoming an AFS Fellow.  AFS designates as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made outstanding or meritorious contributions to the diversity of fields that are included in the American Fisheries Society. Contributions can include, but are not restricted to, efforts in leadership, research, teaching and mentoring, resource management and/or conservation, and outreach/interaction with the public.

2020 GA-AFS Chapter Annual Meeting

2020 GA-AFS Chapter Annual Meeting

January 28 – 30, 2020 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Augusta

The 2020 meeting will be at the fabulous Doubletree by Hilton in Augusta.  Expect presentations on a wide range of topics which focus on the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems.

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 1, 2019. 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

Proposed Chapter Bylaw Changes

Greetings Georgia Chapter American Fisheries Society Members!

Message from Georgia AFS President Jim Page:

In recent years, the American Fisheries Society has tasked all Chapters with evaluating and updating the bylaws of each Chapter.  In an effort to fulfill this request, Executive Committee (EXCOMM) members of the Georgia Chapter have recently evaluated, updated, and otherwise modified our bylaws, which were last amended in 2000.  These proposed modifications brings our bylaws up-to-date, provides a way to formally establish many of our previous practices, and puts our Chapter into compliance with AFS standards.  Below you will find some of the highlights of these newest proposed updates. 

Highlights of updated proposed bylaws include:

  • Addition of an Executive Secretary-Treasurer, which shall be appointed by the President and is currently held by Rebecca Brown.
  • Modification of Secretary-Treasurer to now read “Recording Secretary-Treasurer”.  This position will be elected and will work closely with the Executive Sec-Treasurer.
  • More clearly defined expectations of each officer.
  • Per AFS Constitution, requirement that committee Chairs must be AFS members.  In the event that no committee member having AFS membership agrees to serve as Chair, the President may appoint a Chair member to serve as Director of a committee until such time a Chair can be appointed.
  • Added several new standing committees to bylaws (e.g. Ballot, Fundraising, Arrangements, Training, Scholarship, Communications, etc.) and more clearly defined the duties of each standing committee.  Many of these committees have been used but were never formally established in our bylaws.
  • Per AFS Constitution, requirement that only AFS members can vote on Chapter business. 
  • Defined quorums for meetings and ballots and established the use of electronic ballots.
  • Added multiple new Sections to bylaws (Rules/Procedures, Sub-Units, Student Opportunity Fund, Lobbying, Resolutions)….Many of these were already being practiced but have not been formally established in our bylaws.

Please note that the EXCOMM will be placing these proposed bylaws on our website (www.gaafs.org), along with posting them via other media outlets (Facebook, etc.).  Proposed bylaws will be made available for viewing for the mandatory 30-day period prior to a vote occurring on potential adoption of these updated bylaws.  At the completion of the 30-day review period, ballots will be sent to voting members.  Voting members, as identified by the AFS Constitution, shall consist of those individuals having AFS membership.  Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the following EXCOMM members (President: Jim Page; President-Elect: Jamie Roberts; Executive Sec-Treasurer: Rebecca Brown).

Jim Page
President – Georgia AFS

2019 Proposed Bylaws: GA CHAPTER BYLAWS 2019 FINAL DRAFT

Reminder – only Chapter members who are also members of AFS are allowed to vote on Chapter business as required by American Fisheries Society Constitution.  We value the voice of ALL of our Chapter members.  Although you may not vote on the proposed bylaw update/changes,  your opinion counts.  You can always contact one of the members of EXCOM to voice your concerns.  We will send out ballots for voting on the amended Chapter bylaws in 30 days.

It is important we have an updated list of all of our members who are members of AFS.  You need to complete the 2019 membership form.  The membership form is a fillable pdf which you can complete and email back to the Chapter (it will help if the file name of the pdf you submit is your name).

2019 Membership Form: 2019 membership form

 

First Message from our new GA-AFS Chapter President

March 2019

As new journeys begin all around us with the arrival of Spring, I am excited to also begin my term as President of the GA Chapter AFS.  I am grateful for what our Chapter has accomplished over the last year, and I look forward to the many things we hope to do and accomplish over this next year.  Before we get too deep into that, I would first like to extend my appreciation to everyone who helped make our 2019 meeting in Cordele at Lake Blackshear such a success.  We had over 120 participants, along with some great presentations and fun times during the social events.  None of it would have been possible without help from our sponsors and the many hands it took to make the event such a success.  So to each person who contributed, in big and small ways, THANK YOU! Our Executive Committee is actively seeking a location for our next Annual meeting in January 2020, so stay tuned to our website as we will keep you posted as to the exact details once they are finalized.

In the meantime, please note that we are planning to continue holding at least one, if not multiple, training opportunities again this year.  These training events continue to be a great way to provide opportunities to hone skills or learn new ones.  Some training workshops that we are considering include a fish disease workshop and a fish kill workshop, among others.  If you have additional workshop topics, we strongly encourage you to email and let us know of those ideas!

Finally, as we embark on this upcoming year, I strongly encourage each of you to become actively involved in our Chapter.  We have several committees that need members like you to serve, and our success as a Chapter cannot be fully achieved without people filling these vitally important roles.  So, if you have a desire to get involved, please don’t hesitate to let us know!  Similarly, if you have suggestions or ideas that you feel may benefit to our Chapter, please share them!

Hope to see you out on the waters of our beautiful state enjoying the many fisheries we have to offer!

Jim Page
Chapter President

Updates for the 2019 GA-AFS Chapter Annual Meeting

2019 GA-AFS Chapter Annual Meeting

February 5-7, 2019 in Cordele, GA

The 2019 meeting will be at the beautiful Lake Blackshear Resort at Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele.  Expect presentations on a wide range of topics which focus on the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems.

Meeting Materials

Registration for the meeting is $100 for professional and $50 for students.  GA-AFS dues for 2019 are $10.  This year, we ask you register using the Online Google Form and mail your payment.  Or you can download the  2019 GA-AFS Annual Meeting registration form.

2019 meeting sponsors2019 fundraising donors

New Message from GA-AFS Chapter President

October 2018

Feels like it was only yesterday that I wrote the last letter to the group, but it has actually been 7 months almost to the day.  Another change of seasons is upon us and with that change, GA-AFS’ Executive Committee is beginning to plan for the 2019 Meeting which will be held at Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele from February 5th through 7th,, 2019.  Because of the park’s distance from town, this year’s registration will be higher to cover the cost of meals.

We had two very successful training workshops at the GoFish Georgia center this summer.  The FAMS workshop was taught by Steve Sammons and has since sparked an interest in the attendees to continue on with at least one additional workshop where past participants would bring their own data for analysis.  The fish ageing workshop, now in its second year, was also well attended. We are extremely thankful to the instructors (Tim Bonvechio, Donna McDowell, and Peter Sakaris) for donating their time again this year.

The Executive Committee meeting is currently planned for October 9th. If you have items you would like for us to discuss, please send them my way and I will add them to the agenda as time permits.  Right now, we will be checking in with the committees for updates and putting together the planning timeline for the 2019 meeting. As always, if you are interested in becoming an active part of our Chapter, please consider volunteering to be on one of our committees.

Please be thinking about nominations for our various chapter awards, encouraging students to put in for our Ronnie Gilbert Scholarship, drafting your abstract for a talk or poster presentation as those due dates will be quickly approaching.  We will be looking for sponsors for the meeting as well as donations for raffle prizes, so keep your ears and eyes open. Keep watching our Facebook page and the website for news and other important messages.

If you have ideas/suggestions for consideration, please don’t hesitate to email me (carolyn.belcher@dnr.ga.gov).

Carolyn Belcher
Chapter President