Accommodations for 2016 Chapter AGM

As you know, the 2016 WA-BC Chapter Annual Meeting will be held in Lake Chelan, WA at Campbell’s Resort.  The Steering Committee for the annual meeting has arranged a discounted rate at the resort.  To make reservations, please call:  (800) 553-8225 or (509) 682-2561. NOTE: Booking is NOT available online if you want to receive the discounted rate.

Reserve your room now under the reservation 310664 or American Fisheries Society to get a great rate!

More meeting details to come, so keep checking the AGM website for updates!



Theme Announced for Chapter AGM

The ExComm has decided on the theme for the upcoming chapter AGM:

“Building a Future for our Fishes”

It’s a far-reaching theme and we’d love to hear how you are working to help to ensure a bright future for a resource we’re all passionate about. Check out the call for symposia on the AGM website and send us your ideas for topics.

Be sure to check the website regularly for updates on all the exciting plans for the meeting! The link will always be conveniently available on the right sidebar, but you can also bookmark it now:

5th Field Technology Conference – Registration open!

The Western Forestry and Conservation Association is hosting the 5th annual Field Technology conference from November 18-19, 2015 at Portland, OR. Registration for this event is now open.

Collecting and managing electronic field data are evolving rapidly as new technological advances are applied in both fisheries and forestry fields. This conference will offer a wide range of topics and speakers with a focus on the practical and applied aspects of field data collection. Speakers will offer first-hand experience with field-tested applications and electronics that function well on an operational level and survive the rigors of field use.

Details of the conference, including the agenda, lodging information, and registration are available at:

This is a follow up to the Emerging Technology Workshop that Sitka Technology Group, PNAMP, and StreamNet organized November 18, 2014. This year we have joined the Western Forestry Association and GPS professionals to add a fisheries track to their recurring conference; which for the past four years, has been successful in bringing forestry professionals together.

Download the flyer here. – Feel free to distribute to anyone you think may benefit from this conference.

2016 AGM – First Call for Symposia

The Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society invites you to submit symposia ideas for the 2016 Annual General Meeting to be held in Lake Chelan, Washington, March 28 – 31, 2016.

Symposium organizers are encouraged to submit proposals, recruit presenters, solicit their abstracts, and direct them to submit their abstracts. Organizers are not required to recruit a full symposium at the time of proposal submissions.  A symposium should include a minimum of 5 presentations. Time slots are limited to 20 minutes, but multiple time slots (i.e. 40 or 60 minutes) may be offered to keynote symposia speakers or wrap-up panel discussions.


When submitting your proposal, please include the following:
1.    Organizer’s information: Provide first and last name, affiliation, telephone number, and e-mail address of organizer. (More than one person can help organize a symposium, but we will only collect information from the lead person.)
2.    Symposium title: Be brief but descriptive.
3.    Description: Submit a brief (<300 word) abstract that describes your proposed symposium. Deadline for symposia submittals is Friday November 13, 2015.
4.    Audiovisual requirements: LCD projectors and laptops will be available in every room. Please list special AV requirements, if any.
5.    Special seating requests: Standard rooms will be arranged theatre-style. Please indicate special seating requests (for example, “after the break, a panel discussion with seating for 10 panel members will be needed”).

For more information, please contact Tamara Knudson at tamarak [at], (509) 244-7031 or (509) 626-4413.

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


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: