New Executive Committee Members

The votes are in – and we had twice as many members voting this year!  The new ExCom members will begin their terms in August.  Here are the election results:

Vice-President – Tamara Knudson

Secretary – Erin Rechisky

Treasurer – Martina Beck

Communications Director – Brittney Jenewein

Communications Committee Member – Katie Pierson


Voting is now open for ExCom positions


Voting is now open for several positions on the WA-BC Chapter Executive Committee.  Read the candidate statements below and click on this link to vote:  Voting closes at 5:00pm on June 12, 2015.  Thanks!

Candidate Statements for Vice President
Tamara Knudson
My passion for all things aquatic began when I was a small child. I grew up near the Spokane River in eastern Washington where I enjoyed many summers exploring with my mask and snorkel. Fishing was a popular pastime in my family. I loved fishing the local lakes with my mom and dad; however, it was our semi-annual pilgrimage to the Washington and British Columbia coasts in search of rockfish, salmon, halibut, cod, and crab that really captured my interest. When I was a junior in high school, I had an opportunity to snorkel three habitats off the Florida Keys including the site of the sunken Spanish cannons, an eelgrass bed, and the coral reef. I was enamored with the biodiversity of fish and invertebrates I observed and the variability between sites. I was humbled as I hovered over the expansive, delicate reef system careful not to kick sand onto the corals. It was an unforgettable experience that inspired me to learn more and pursue a degree in aquatic science.

I obtained my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in fisheries and aquatic ecology from Eastern Washington University. As an undergraduate, I worked as a research assistant for the Department of Biology conducting limnological and fisheries surveys in eastern Washington. My graduate work was a collaborative project with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that identified and modeled predictors of growth and condition of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) stocked in eastern Washington lakes.

I am currently employed by the Spokane Tribe of Indians as a Limnologist under the Lake Roosevelt Fisheries Evaluation Program (LRFEP). I lead limnological surveys conducted in Lake Roosevelt that assess effects of hydro-operations on the ecology of the reservoir and provide support to Spokane Tribal Fisheries projects under the LRFEP.  I engage in regional workgroups focused on prevention of introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species and reduction of toxic substances in the Columbia River Basin and transboundary reach. I have a broad range of aquatic interests, and am enthusiastic about learning and sharing that knowledge with others, including our younger scientists where I work with local schools to introduce extracurricular aquatic science to elementary and middle school children.

The American Fisheries Society has given me an opportunity to connect with other fisheries professionals all over the country, which have provided me with new insight into resolving local challenges. As Vice President of the Washington-British Columbia Chapter of AFS, I will continue to develop relationships to increase exposure of young people to the aquatic sciences and encourage program development consistent with AFS goals and objectives. I will also work to increase tribal, and eastern Washington representation to the Chapter.

Gabriel Temple
Gabriel Temple is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stationed in Ellensburg, Washington.  He completed his education at Central Washington University and began working for the department in central Washington in late 1997.  His research interests include population ecology, Pacific salmon life history diversity, and species interactions associated with artificial production programs and native species reintroductions.  He has authored or co-authored numerous publications and presentations related to hatchery/wild interactions science, aquatic ecology, and fisheries management during his career.

Candidate Statement for Secretary
Erin Rechisky
After earning a degree in Marine Biology, I became interested in using telemetry as a tool for studying animal movements, migrations and survival-important variables used in fisheries science. Both of my post-graduate research projects used telemetry to investigate behavior of vulnerable marine species: while working with the Apex Predators group at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, I tracked juvenile sandbar sharks around Delaware Bay in a small boat to determine home range, and while at the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia, I worked with a team of scientists at Kintama Research Services in Nanaimo, BC to develop and deploy the world’s most extensive salmon tracking array and then used it to estimate post-dam survival of juvenile Columbia River Chinook salmon. I am an avid scuba diver as well, and as a Research Associate at the Caribbean Marine Research Center, I became an expert at identifying Caribbean reef fishes. And yes, I tracked those fishes as well. I am currently the Research Manager at Kintama Research, where we are working to develop cost-effective, large-scale telemetry arrays that can be used to improve salmon forecasting models by determining when and where salmon mortality occurs, as well as developing and testing hypotheses to determine why it occurs.

Why I’d like to serve:  Once a year at the WA-BC AFS AGM, we gather to see what our peers are working on, we meet up with colleagues, and catch up with old friends. I’d like to be a part of the effort that makes this happen, as well as and to become more involved in the Society by encouraging communication and collaboration among AFS members.

Candidate Statement for Treasurer
Martina Beck
I completed my Bachelors of Science in Biology at the University of Victoria in 2008, following which I gained work experience in commercial fisheries monitoring and assessing environmental performance of global marine finfish production. In 2011, I returned to the University of Victoria for graduate studies and my MSc. thesis was on the invasion ecology of the freshwater smallmouth bass in British Columbia lakes. During my graduate studies, I also worked as a teaching assistant for a biodiversity and conservation field course located in the central coast of BC and as a research analyst assessing ecological guidelines for establishing Marine Protected Area in BC. I am currently working for the BC Ministry of Environment on Aquatic Invasive Species. In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, camping and scuba diving. I have a strong passion for fisheries science and education and would love to continue to serve as an Executive Committee member for the Washington-British Columbia Chapter of AFS.

Candidate Statements for Communications Officer
Katie Pierson
Katie Pierson has been involved in the American Fisheries Society since graduate school. She was co-president of the NCSU Student Fisheries Society when it was awarded the Most Outstanding Student Subunit Award from both the Western Division and the parent society. She has been wanting to increase her involvement in a local chapter.  Currently, she is on the networking committee for the AFS annual meeting in Portland. She is looking forward to becoming more involved in the WA-BC Chapter and is hoping to bring some flair and innovation to the Chapter communications efforts. Katie currently works for the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership and the USGS. Historically, she has worked as a research scientist in a variety of capacities, most notably working for ODFW’s Marine Reserve Program and working in the field of oyster reef restoration studying their use as essential fish habitat in both North Carolina and Massachusetts.

Brittany Jenewein
I come from a family of commercial fishermen and enjoyed many summers fishing for sockeye, Chinook, and chum in the Fraser River in British Columbia. Sadly, I witnessed the crash of the industry first-hand and saw the impact of declining salmon populations on the people who relied on fishing for their livelihood. Fast-forward to adulthood: I learned how to conduct research while completing my Master of Science degree, then went on to work as a fisheries observer on a few different Pacific fisheries, and now I work with some of BC’s First Nations bands and fisheries managers to deliver their catch monitoring programs. I feel that I have a unique perspective on the fisheries industry and can empathize with the challenges each group faces. One thing I know for sure: the only way we’re going to keep the fishing industry alive is if we all start communicating better and understand why we need to compromise. Everyone deserves a piece of the (fish) pie. I am also a member of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists and currently serve as the B.C. District Director. My main focus for 2015-2016 is increasing membership in the region.

Why I’d like to serve on the ExCom:  Fisheries isn’t just a career for me, it’s really a lifestyle passed down in my family over three generations. Because of this, I want to be actively engaged in the profession to learn as much as I can from everyone involved and contribute to conservation efforts. After volunteering on the steering committee for the 2015 WABC Chapter meeting as the Spawning Run organizer, I realized just how many doors were opened from the experience. It helped introduce me to many incredible fisheries professionals and I felt like my contribution really helped in the success of the conference (I was told we had the largest turnout at the spawning run in years!). That whole conference was about communication, and now that I understand how critical it is, I’d like to serve as the Communications Director for the Chapter to get important fisheries information out to all our members and keep us connected.

Remember to submit your votes by June 12!  Thank you.

Nomination Period Open for Communications Officer Positions

There are two more WA-BC Chapter Executive Committee positions up for nominations this month (in addition to the Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer positions). We’re looking for nominations for two Communications Officers. These officers serve the vital role of keeping our members and the public informed of our Chapter mission and activities.

One of the Communications Officers will focus mainly on putting together the Chapter’s quarterly newsletter, The Confluence, while the other Communications Officer will be responsible for sending out emails via the Chapter listserv to our members, posting announcements on our Chapter website, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as keeping our Chapter listserv and website current. A brief description of the Executive Committee and the duties associated with each position can be found in our Chapter Bylaws:

If you’re interested, please send: your name, contact information, which Communications Officer position you’re most interested in (Newsletter Editor or Social Media/Website Coordinator), a brief summary of your personal/professional involvement in the field of fisheries, and why you’d like to serve on the Executive Committee.

Pass this info. on to anyone else who may be interested in becoming more active in this Chapter. Please send any questions and your nominations to our Chapter Past-President, Brian Missildine, at Brian.Missildine [at] by COB on April 30. We look forward to hearing from you!

Executive Committee Nominations

Once again, it’s time to nominate some new WA-BC Chapter Executive Committee members!  This year, the Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer positions are up for election. A brief description of the Executive Committee and the duties associated with each position can be found in our Chapter Bylaws:  Note that the Secretary and Treasurer each serve on the Executive Committee for a period of two years and the Vice-President serves for a total of four years – one year as VP, one year as President-Elect, one year as President, and one year as Past-President.

If you’re interested, please send:  your name, contact information, position you’re interested in, a brief summary of your personal/professional involvement in the field of fisheries, and why you’d like to serve on the Executive Committee.  Also, pass this email on to anyone else who may be interested in becoming more active in this Chapter and who you think will be passionate about serving and representing our members across the state of Washington and British Columbia.  Please send any questions and your nominations to our Chapter Past-President, Brian Missildine, at Brian.Missildine [at] by COB on April 30


First International Trout Congress to be held this summer

The 1st International Trout Congress will be held this July 2015 in lovely Bozeman, Montana. The congress is meant to be a celebration of these fish amongst the people they inspire around the globe. The agenda will have talks from world experts but the program is also very broad and will cover a variety of trout-related enterprises associated with science, art, history, culture, education, and conservation.  Check it out:



March/April 2015: Job & Grant Opportunities, Conferences, and More


Job opportunity for current federal employees or veterans:  The U.S. Forest Service is looking to fill a GS-12 Forest Hydrologist/Watershed Program Manager position on the Olympic National Forest.  This position will be a mix of Forest-level program management, technical hydrology, and watershed restoration, which means it will be a diverse, challenging, and professionally rewarding job.  The application period is open now and will close on March 18, 2015 and you need to apply through USAJobs:

Job opportunity working for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon:  The Nature Conservancy is recruiting an entry-level Biohydrologist (background in hydrology, wetland or aquatic ecology) to work on freshwater projects in Oregon. This is a great program and a great position for a smart, hard-working recent graduate student with a passion for freshwater conservation.  The Biohydrologist will perform field data collection, research, GIS and data analysis, and provide support for conservation projects implemented by the Freshwater and Willamette program and preserve staff. This is a full-time position and it is a termed position which ends June 30, 2016.  The Job ID is 42923.  Applications and associated materials are due March 19, 2015.  For a full job description and instructions on how to apply, go to:

Job opportunity with Idaho Rivers United:  Idaho Rivers United is  looking for a new Executive Director to be based out of Boise, Idaho. Here are some details:  Idaho Rivers United is an Idaho-based, non-profit, conservation organization dedicated to protecting Idaho’s rivers and fisheries.  IRU is well established with 3500 members, a dedicated Board of Directors, and 6 FTE staff, as well as a strong funding base and a proven record of success.  The Executive Director must have a passion for rivers and is responsible for leading and managing staff, fundraising, coordinating programs, communicating with foundations, donors, members, board, media, and the public. The position is full-time and will be based in Boise, Idaho, the fourth largest city in the Pacific Northwest.  Boise has all amenities and good schools and is minutes away from world class whitewater, hiking, mountain biking, camping, skiing, fishing & hunting.  Occasional weekend/evening work.  Salary range $50-65K, based on experience.  Please send resume and three (3) references by March 20, 2015, to:  board [at]  More info can be found at:

An evening of interesting talks and refreshments in Vancouver, BC:  Following the success of four previous events, Coastal Connection Vancouver is excited to bring you its 5th Coastal Connection Vancouver on Tuesday, March 31 from 6-10pm.  This event will be held at Science World (1455 Quebec St., Vancouver, BC  V6A 3Z7).  Coastal Connection Vancouver is an initiative that unites professionals involved with research, assessment, management, and conservation of marine and freshwater environments.  CCV provides a setting for academic, government, non-government and industrial organizations to meet and create opportunities for collaborative synergies in the fields of aquatic and marine conservation.  There will be a series of short talks on the topic of “Crossing Boundaries – Borders, Ecosystems, and Knowledge” and event updates will be posted regularly at  The agenda is:  Introductions/networking/refreshments from 6-7pm, presentations/discussion from 7-8pm, and further discussion/networking/refreshments from 8-10pm.  There will be a $5 registration fee, payable in cash at the door.  Please RSVP at:

International Travel Grant to go to this summer’s AFS conference in Portland, Oregon:  The Western Division of AFS and the International Section of AFS are proud to announce opportunities for funding to offset PROFESSIONAL travel for AFS members NOT RESIDING IN THE UNITED STATES to the joint 2015 American Fisheries Society and Western Division Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon on August 16-20, 2015.  The application deadline is April 1, 2015.   The following are the criteria for the distribution of these funds.

  1. Preference will be given to those presenting an oral (symposia or contributed session) or poster presentation at the Portland meeting.
  2. Applicant must demonstrate that his or her employer will not allow or pay for attendance otherwise.
  3. Applicant must be a member in good standing with the Society.  You will be required to enter your AFS membership number.
  4. Applicants must be a member of Western Division AFS and reside outside the United States.  Criteria for qualifications include the Provinces of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory in Canada; Mexico; U.S. associated entities in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; and individuals residing in other Society Divisions who elect to be members of the Western Division.
  5. These funds apply only to non-student, retired, or professional (employed by state, provincial, federal or private entity) Society members.
  6. Individual awards will be a maximum of $1,500 each and can include meeting registration, round-trip airline fare, parking fees, hotel costs and transportation to/from the airport.
  7. Preference will be given to applicants who can provide some match to offset total cost.
  8. Successful applicants will be required to volunteer for 4 hours during the AFS2015 Meeting in Portland. You will be contacted by the AFS2015 Volunteer Committee and assigned a mutually agreed-upon task to perform at the meeting.
  9. Successful applicants will be required to submit receipts after the AFS2015 Meeting for reimbursement.

To apply for professional-level travel assistance, please complete the application at:  You can also visit the Western Division AFS website for the link to the travel grant application.  Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2015 to be considered for funding. Evaluation of the applications will be completed by a committee formed of personnel from the AFS International Fisheries Section and the Executive Committee of Western Division AFS.  Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2015.  If you have questions regarding this application and funding opportunities, please contact Hilda Sexauer at Hilda.sexauer [at]

Call for applications for the AFS Emerging Leader Mentorship Award Program:  The American Fisheries Society requests applications for the Emerging Leader Mentorship Award (ELMA) Program.  The purpose of the ELMA Program is to develop future leaders of the Society, and the fisheries profession as a whole, by providing selected candidates an opportunity to participate for one year in activities of the Society Governing Board.  Participants in the Program are selected based on their level of involvement in AFS, as well as their potential for assuming leadership of Society units in the future.

A candidate must be a Society member in good standing and an application must be endorsed by an AFS member in good standing (preferably a member who has held or is holding a leadership position in AFS).  The application package must include a: (a) personal statement prepared by the candidate that explains why s/he wants to participate in the Program (not to exceed one page); (2) a curriculum vita; (3) at least one letter of support from AFS member in good standing (preferably a member who has held or is holding a leadership position in AFS), and (4) a letter from a current Governing Board member willing to serve as a mentor.

Candidates selected must attend the Management Committee meeting, Governing Board meeting, and the Governing Board retreat, and the AFS leadership training session(s), all of which are scheduled during the 3-d period immediately preceding the annual meeting; attend as many other sessions as possible at the annual meeting associated with the Governing Board (e.g., Incoming Governing Board Breakfast) and other meetings (e.g., Journal Editors meeting, Fisheries Science Editor breakfast) with their assigned mentor when possible; participate in monthly Conference calls of the Management Committee, as time allows; and prepare a report to the Governing Board prior to the mid-year meeting that summarizes her/his experience in the ELMA Program during the past year and provide recommendations for improving the Program.  For additional information about the Program and requirements, please see the AFS ELMA Program Procedures for Application and Selection of Candidates in the AFS Policy and Procedure Manual.

Due to limited funds to support this program ($500 per awardee to cover costs of attending AFS governance meetings immediately preceding the annual meeting), applicants should be those that already intend to attend the annual AFS meeting.  Applicants should inform their Division President of their intent to submit an application, submit their application directly to the ELMA Program Chair (Jim Bowker at jim_bowker [at], and cc: their Division President.  Division officers are encouraged to contact AFS Units in which the applicant is a member to seek matching funds to further support the applicant.  Applications must be received by April 1, 2015.

Annual conference hosted by Yakama Nation Fisheries:  The 8th annual Columbia Gorge Fisheries and Watershed Science Conference is right around the corner!  Mark your calendars for April 14, 2015 and register at:  The conference will be held at the beautiful Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon but seating is limited so register soon.  More information about the conference is available at and you can contact Bill Sharp at sharp [at] or 509‐865‐5121 x6355 if you have any questions.

Important (and quick!) AFS survey:  The Young Professional Committee of the Fisheries Management Section is working to assist those who are transitioning from being a student to a professional in fisheries science, conservation and management.  In 2015, the FMS dues for young professional members of the American Fisheries Society were reduced from $5 to $0.  Furthermore, the AFS governing board will be voting on extending the term for the young professional status from 3 to 5 years in an effort to recruit and sustain young professionals.  Recognizing that dues are not the only factor inhibiting fisheries professionals from membership and participation in the AFS, the Young Professional Committee is seeking your assistance in providing input into the reasons that may or may not have influenced your decision to become a member of the AFS.  In addition, we hope to determine the various facets of AFS that are important for fisheries professionals and identify specific areas that the society can enhance to better serve its members.  Please participate in a short survey by clicking the following link and encourage your colleagues (especially non-AFS members) to fill out the survey as well.  A summary of the survey results will be distributed via the FMS listserv and to all non-AFS participants who leave contact information (email address).  Survey:

We need your submissions for the next Chapter newsletter:  Want to showcase your fisheries project, program, or research results?  Write a short review of your favorite “fishy”-themed book?  Submit your photos and a write-up of your experiences at last month’s AGM?  Want to show off your fish-themed haiku-writing skills?  Share your personal story of how you became a Fish Biologist or your funniest or most challenging job experience?  We’d love to include any and all of these in our next Chapter newsletter!  Just send your ideas and any questions to Orlay Johnson (orlay [at] or to Stephanie Caballero (scaballero [at] ) as soon as you can so we can help you get your finished masterpiece into the next newsletter by April 3, 2015.

Fall 2014 issue of The Confluence

Read this issue for some important updates on membership dues, our AGM in February 2015, and some great book reviews by Dr. Fred Utter. WA-BC_Chapter-Newsletter_Fall-2014

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