President's Corner
March 2016

I am pleased to announce that the Georgia Chapter was awarded the Best Chapter Award during the 2016 Southern Division meeting in West Virginia. This was due in large part to our efforts to reach out to faculty and students at schools that aren’t currently active in the American Fisheries Society, our success in attracting and recruiting new membership, and also the success of the 2015 Southern Division meeting hosted by our chapter in Savannah. Each and every member of Georgia AFS is to be congratulated for their commitment to carry out the AFS mission to “advance sound science, promote professional development, and disseminate science-based fisheries information for the global protection, conservation, and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems”.

I would also like to congratulate everyone who helped make our 2016 joint meeting between Georgia and Alabama such a huge success. When the smoke finally cleared, there were 199 people in attendance that got to enjoy more than 60 presentations covering a wide range of topics. This included 36 student presentations. Judging by the quality and content of the student presentations, the future of our fishery resources is in good hands.


Chris Harper
Chapter President

Welcome to Georgia AFS

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

With over 100 members annually, GA-AFS is dedicated to the promotion of sound fisheries science and development of our fisheries professionals. 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. Together, we work towards the common goal of improving the fish and aquatic resources of Georgia.


Upcoming Meetings

2016 American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting

August 21-25, 2016 in Kansas City, MO

The Missouri Chapter and North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society invite you to attend the 146th AFS Annual Meeting in Kansas City, August 21-25, 2016. This year’s theme is: Fisheries Conservation and Management: Making Connections and Building Partnerships.


Best Chapter Award

GA-AFS received the Best Chapter Award during the 2016 Southern Division AFS meeting in February 2016. The Chapter was recognized for outreach efforts to GA univerisities, recruiting new membership, and hosting a successful 2015 Southern Division AFS meeting in Savannah, GA. Congratulations to all members!


2015 SDAFS Meeting Chairs

2015 Southern Division AFS Meeting Chairs

Last updated: August 22, 2016