It’s time again for our annual Executive Committee elections. This year we have several positions available because terms are ending. The positions up for election are:
Student Subunit Representative
Do you know anyone who would fit one of these roles? Are you interested in filling one yourself? Send in your nominations to Past President Mark LaRiviere (mglariviere [at] aol.com) by 5pmJune 16, 2017. EXTENDED to 5pm June 23, 2017!
Please include the following information:
Name of nominee
Email address of nominee (if not a self-nomination)
Company, City, and State/Province where nominee works
Max 250 word description of why the nominee would be a good fit for the position
Note: Candidates must be a member in good standing of the American Fisheries Society AND the WA-BC Chapter.
Please don’t hesitate to ask any of our current ExCom members if you have questions about a position. Current contact info can be found here. We have greatly enjoyed our experience working with you all and hope to stay connected!
The Winter 2016/2017 issue of The Confluence is here. In this issue, you’ll find plenty of details about our 2017 Chapter AFS Conference in Spokane, including an article about why you should attend! There is also a review of the book “The Soul of an Octopus”, Call for Mentors, and more.
Have you been busy preparing your abstract for one of the symposia being featured at our upcoming AGM? We are now accepting submissions! You will find an easy-to-use form right here, but if you have any questions please contact Vice-President Gabe Temple and he will help you out.
At the same time, why not register for the conference and secure that early bird pricing? Our registration page is now open as well! We are using a new system this year where you can register right on this website. We are still able to accept credit card payment through PayPal. Any questions or problems regarding registration, please send an message to Treasurer Martina Beck.
Remember, both the abstract submission and early bird registration deadlines are March 15, 2017. It will be here before you know it, so hurry and secure your spot!!
The Western Division currently has project funding available for Division Chapters, Subunits, and other fisheries-related groups. Grants are usually modest but can help get a project started or be used to complement other funding sources. This year, the WDAFS Executive Committee approved a budget of $5,000 to fund as many small projects as appropriate. Applications must be received by the Western Division Past President no later than January 5, 2017 COB Mountain Time. Questions should be directed to WDAFS Past President Jim Bowker (jim_bowker [at] fws.gov).
Are you interested in sponsoring the 2017 WA-BC Annual General Meeting, or participating in the Trade Show? Details about sponsor benefits and trade show fees are now available on the AGM website: http://agm.wabc-afs.org/sponsors-tradeshow/
The WA-BC Chapter of AFS would like to say congratulations to one of its members, Nathan B. Furey at the University of British Columbia, for being selected as one of three recipients of the 2016 Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries at a Canadian Institution (PhD Level). This is awarded annually by the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section (CARS) to identify the top current MSc and PhD level students that are conducting fisheries research at a Canadian institution (not restricted to Canadian citizens).
Nathan’s research focus is on movement ecology and animal migrations, and he has recently been investigating migration behaviour and success of juvenile salmon smolts, predator-prey interactions during migration, and the role of disease in migratory success.