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

2019 GA-AFS Chapter Annual Meeting

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.

Pre-registration for the meeting is $85 for professional and $40 for students, and the pre-registration deadline is January 23, 2019.  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.

Book your room at Lake Blackshear Resort for $99 per night, February 3-6, 2019. Reservations must be made by January 18, 2019. Attendees may begin to make their room reservations by calling 800-459-1230 and ask for group block #307710. Identify yourself as a member of the Georgia Chapter AFS in order to obtain the discounted rate. Or you can book online by visiting: www.lakeblackshearresort.com and entering Group ID: 307710.

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 by December 1, 2018. 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

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