The Georgia Chapter AFS plans workshops to benefit both fisheries professionals and fisheries students. Members of the Georgia Chapter AFS pay a discounted rate for our training workshops.

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Have you been asked to facilitate a training workshop? Check out these guidelines for some tips as to how to keep your participants engaged and provide a memorable learning experience for everyone.



  • R Workshop (Facilitator Michael Baker)
    • This two-day training workshop.  Participants will have opportunities to practice skills and ask questions.  This workshop is intended for students and professionals. Each participant should bring a laptop with R and RStudio already installed (available for free, see for instructions.)
      • Introduction to R
        • The facilitator will provide a basic introduction to using R and RStudio.  We will describe selected examples and associated code in detail.  Topics will include an overview of R object types, general approaches to working with data frames, use of built-in functions, and selected R packages.  Content will be presented through mini-lectures and demonstrations of examples.  Coding exercises may include the use of queries, sub-setting data, conditional statements, logical tests, simple statistical analyses, and plotting data in base R. 
      • Intermediate R and data visualization
        • The facilitator will provide opportunities to work with data, conduct selected analyses, and construct publication-quality graphics using R and RStudio.  We will describe the associated code in detail; however, having some working knowledge of R (such as the first session) and basic fisheries concepts would be beneficial.  Topics will include simple linear regression, linear regression with continuous and categorical variables, nonlinear regression, logistic regression, and model selection methods.  Plotting exercises may include histograms, boxplots, scatterplots, and line plots.


  • Fish Age and Growth for Centrarchidae, Ictaluridae, and marine fishes: Facilitators: Peter Sakaris, Donna McDowell, and Tim Bonvechio
    • Learning Objectives
      • Fish aging application and general procedures
      • Otolith Extraction
      • Otolith preparation and processing
      • Otolith interpretation and aging

  • Fisheries Analysis and Modeling Simulator (FAMS): Facilitator Steve Sammons
    • FAMS is designed to simulate and evaluate the dynamics of exploited fish populations. It allows for the evaluation of minimum, slot, and inverted length limits and bag limits on exploited fisheries. Input parameters require age-structure data and uses the Jones modification of the Beverton-Holt equilibrium yield equation to compute both a yield-per-recruit and a dynamic pool model. For the dynamic pool model, the entire population is simulated over time. In addition, it helps to analyze several predicted population parameters including the number of fish harvested and dying naturally, mean weight and length of harvested fish, number in the population above and below some lengths of interest, total number of fish and biomass in the population, stock density indices, number of age-1 fish, and the Spawning Potential Ratio (SPR)

  • Fish Disease and Biosecurity
    • Learning Objectives
      • Fundamental concepts of disease
      • Specific pathogens: clinical signs, life cycle, pathobiology 
      • Fundamentals of tissue stabilization & fixation
      • The 3 “Ms” of biosecurity
      • The National Aquatic Animal Health Plan
      • Developing a biosecurity plan for recirculating aquaculture systems and raceways
      • Developing a biosecurity plan for ponds