(Atlantic City, NJ) August 22, 2018 – Oregon AFS Chapter received the award for Outstanding Large Chapter at the 2018 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey. AFS President Steve L. McMullin presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. The Best Unit Awards recognize outstanding professionalism, active resource protection and enhancement programs, and commitment to the mission of the Society.
“We applaud the distinguished contributions of the Oregon Chapter and thank them for their continuous conservation efforts,” said AFS President Steve L. McMullin.
The Oregon Chapter of the AFS was also chosen as the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Large Chapter Award for their extensive and varied activities including their education and outreach activities which consist of a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, chapter newsletters and a listserv which is sent to over 1,000 people.
The chapter has members from over 110 organizations. They held two 2-day officer retreats and have a legislative liaison. They updated their White Paper on Suction Dredge Mining and produced a White Paper on Effects of Herbicides and Pesticides on Aquatic Organisms: Implications for Policy and Management. They had 3 continuing education workshops, 20 technical sessions, 220 oral presentations at their 2017 Chapter meeting which was attended by 525 people.
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Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.
General link: fisheries.org
Link to AFS Annual Meeting: afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org