Abstract submission and registration are now OPEN

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!!

2017 Chapter & Student Travel Awards

Happy New Year everyone! With our 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) right around the corner, it’s time again for our annual Chapter and Student Travel Awards.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Chapter Awards, which will be open until March 1, 2017.

Applications for Student Travel Awards to assist in attending the 2017 AGM are being accepted now until February 15, 2017.

Don’t delay, get those applications in soon!

Find more details about the awards on the Awards page, and check out the banner to the right for details on the upcoming AGM.

Surplus board & frame free to good home

Our Chapter has a couple items used in previous meetings that we no longer need and are willing to donate to a group who could use them. If you are interested in any of the items below, please contact Mark LaRiviere at mglariviere [at] aol.com. If you do claim an item, perhaps you would also consider donating to our next AGM’s Silent Auction or Student Travel Award fund (though not necessary!).

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Item 1: 8′ high x 8′ wide extendable aluminum tube frame (extends to max 12′ wide). Can be used for holding fabric backdrops or posters.

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Item 2: Large stand-alone poster board with case. Easy to use with velcro’d poster materials.

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WDAFS Small Project Grants – application period open!

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).

See the application description for further details.

Member spotlight: Larkin Award Recipient!

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).

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Nathan B. Furey, 2016 Larkin Award recipient

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.

See Nathan’s personal website for all the details of his work: http://nbfurey.wixsite.com/nathanbfurey

For more details about this award: http://cars.fisheries.org/2016-peter-a-larkin-award-competition/