NWFSC Watershed Program Open House


NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center will be hosting an event that we think will be very interesting and pertinent to many of our members:

The Watershed Program at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center is happy to announce that its free biennial Open House will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at NOAA’s Western Regional Center in Seattle. We will present our completed and on-going scientific research during two sessions: (1) Life-cycle Modelling and Research and (2) Monitoring and Management Tools. This year’s presentations will include Columbia River action effectiveness monitoring, Puget Sound habitat status and trend monitoring, the development of habitat capacity and life history models, and much more.

The biennial Watershed Open House provides a forum for scientists to share information, foster new collaborative partnerships, and discuss current and emerging science. Watershed Program scientists share results of their research related to ecosystem processes, landscape ecology and recovery science, and restoration effectiveness.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive updates, please send an email to: nwfsc.watershed.program [at] noaa.gov.

Online registration for the 2015 Watershed Program Open House is open until March 6, 2015.  You can find a detailed agenda and register at: http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/news/events/openhouse/index.cfm

We are excited about the Open House and hope you are planning to attend.

Building 9 Auditorium
NOAA Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way
Seattle, Washington

AGM 2015 and Chapter Award Reminders

Important reminders! Chapter AGM is coming up fast – February 16-19 at the Executive Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in Richmond, BC.

AGM Reminders
Conference info. can be found at http://agm.wabc-afs.org/. NOW is the time to:
• register for the conference
• make hotel reservations
• submit abstracts
• apply for student travel scholarships
• become a sponsor or volunteer
• register for the Trade Show
Make your hotel reservations NOW to get the low rat of $99C/night. Direct link to make your hotel reservations:

Chapter Award Nominations
Chapter awards are due today! All you have to do to nominate a person or group is send us an email with:
1. the nominee’s name
2. the name of the award for which you are nominating them
3. a brief explanation for why they deserve this award
Submit nominations to Brian Missildine at brian.missildine [at] dfw.wa.gov. Award recipients will be announced at the AGM in February. Scroll down this webpage for full description of awards.

And here is a totally unrelated photo to make this post a bit more interesting! Photo of Gifford Pinchot National Forest crew setting charges to blow up the Martha Creek Dam and restore fish passage for ESA-listed Lower Columbia River steelhead trout. Project was fun and a huge success!



AGM 2015 Updates


We’ve extended the abstract submittal deadline to January 30.  You can submit your abstract online at:  http://agm.wabc-afs.org/abstract-submission/.

If you haven’t already, NOW is the time to register for the WA-BC Chapter AGM (to be held Feb. 16-19, 2015 in Richmond, BC) at:  http://agm.wabc-afs.org/registration/.  Also, you’ll want to reserve your hotel room quickly to take advantage of the low AGM rate of $99C/night.  You can either call hotel reservations at 1-800-663-2878 (it’s the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre) and quote “American Fisheries Society AGM” or you can make your reservations online at:

Make reservations online at;

Chapter Award Nominations


It’s time to submit your nominations for our annual WA-BC Chapter awards!  All you have to do to nominate a person or group is send us an email with:   (1) the nominee’s name, (2) the name of the award for which you are nominating them, and (3) a brief explanation for why they deserve this award.  Please submit your nominations to the Chapter Past-President, Brian Missildine, at brian.missildine [at] dfw.wa.gov by COB on January 23, 2015.  We will announce this year’s award recipients at our WA-BC Chapter annual conference, which will be held in Richmond, British Columbia on February 16-19, 2015. 

Conference information can be found at http://agm.wabc-afs.org/.  There’s still time to register, make hotel reservations,  submit abstracts, apply for student travel scholarships, become a sponsor or volunteer, or register for the Trade Show (COB on January 16 is the deadline for abstract submittals and for student travel scholarship applications).  An added bonus is that we’ll be co-convening with the Pink & Chum Workshop!  It should be a great conference with a wide variety of attendees from both British Columbia and Washington State.

Here are the award descriptions:

Haig Brown Award:  Established in 1981 to recognize those who have produced outstanding, non-technical articles or publications on any aspect of fishery management, research, habitat protection, enhancement, or other related fields.  Presented to an individual or agency who best exemplifies the journalistic spirit in Haig Brown’s book, The Western Angler: “Hand in hand with preserving and improving the fishery must go the work of presenting it properly to the public.”  The Haig Brown Award consists of a small sculpture and a $100.00 (US dollars) check.

Worthy Coelacanth Award:  First presented in 1984, the award goes to a senior member (over 55 years young) of the WA-BC Chapter who has made an outstanding contribution to fisheries management and science.

Volunteer Organization:  For a volunteer organization that has made exemplary contributions to fisheries conservation, education, or science.

The Fish Gaffe:  This award recognizes the most noteworthy faux pas by a Chapter member each year. [The first recipient was Jeff Cederholm for his outstanding collection of self-inflicted typos in a previous AGM agenda].

Certificate of Appreciation:  For a member, non-member, or organization who has significantly contributed to the betterment of the Chapter or it’s activities.

Certificate of Achievement:  For a Chapter member who has demonstrated significant professional achievement, consistent with AFS goals and policies.

Conservation Organization of the Year:  For an organization that has significantly contributed to a program or activity for conservation of fishery resources or habitats.

Meritorious Service:  Awarded to a Chapter member who has made substantial contributions to the success of the Chapter.

Tommy Brayshaw Junior Conservation Award:  Established in 1995, presented to someone 16 years or younger who has meaningfully involved in some form of fish conservation work.

Student Volunteer Opportunity


Grads and undergrads:  Are you interested in getting your registration fee waived for the annual WA-BC Chapter conference in February?  Then contact our Student Volunteer Coordinator, Katrina Cook, at katrina.vcook [at] gmail.com and let her know you’d like to volunteer for 8 hours.

Also, remember that the application period is still open for the Student Travel Scholarships to attend our annual conference.  Download the application at:  http://wabc-afs.org/2014/12/student-travel-scholarship-application-period-open/ or at http://agm.wabc-afs.org/students/.

Student Travel Scholarship application period is open

Attention all undergraduate and graduate students!  Want to attend the WA-BC Chapter’s annual conference in Richmond, B.C. on February 16-19, 2015?  Then complete your application for one of our Student Travel Scholarships.  It’s a quick and simple application but it does require a letter of recommendation from a current or recent professor, so get started on it soon.  The due date for this application is 5pm on January 16, 2015.




Communications and Modern Tools for Research & Management

The Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society invites you to submit symposia ideas for the 2015 Annual General Meeting to be held in Richmond, BC February 16 – 19, 2015.

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. Provide the telephone number and e-mail address where the lead organizer can most easily be reached.)
  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 December 1, 2014.
  4. Audiovisual requirements: LCD projectors and laptops will be available in every room. Other audio-visual equipment needed for the symposium will be considered, but computer projection is strongly encouraged. 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 Alix Blake, alix.blake [at] SpokaneTribe.com, (509) 626-4454.

WABC 2015 AGM – Richmond BC Feb 16-19

Meeting Announcement – WA-BC Chapter of AFS, 2015 Annual General Meeting:

Click on “2015 Annual General Meeting” in the  banner at the top of page!

The Washington-British Columbia chapter of the American Fisheries Society will hold their 2015 Annual General Meeting at the Executive Airport Plaza, Richmond, British Columbia February 16-19, 2015. The hotel room rates will be $99 C for those who reserve their rooms early. As we get closer to the date additional information will be available on the chapter web site at (http://wabc-afs.org/). For more information feel free to contact the current vice-president Mark LaRiviere (mlarivie [at] cityoftacoma.org) or at (253) 502.8767. Send in your travel requests to your employer or major professor NOW to attend the 2015 AGM.

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First call for papers for the 2015 AGM

Annual Meeting of the Washington-British Columbia Chapter
Communications and Modern Tools for Research and Management
February 16-19, 2015
Executive Airport Plaza Richmond, BC

FIRST Call for Papers
This call for papers seeks oral and poster contributions relevant to the conference theme on topics such as the following:

  • Endangered Species Act/ Species at Risk Act
  • Upper Columbia River Redband Trout
  • Pink and Chum Salmon Workshop
  • Communication
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Ecology of Juvenile Salmon in the Nearshore
  • Fish Culture
  • TBA*

Additionally, we seek contributing papers on topics such as fisheries management, fish biology, life history, and ecological studies related to fish and fisheries.

*The symposia list is tentative pending the finalization of a symposia submission. Symposia submissions are due December 1, 2014.
Abstract Submission
Abstracts are due January 16, 2014. Abstract submissions must include:

  • Type of presentation preferred (oral or poster).
  • Topic area from above list, or suggest a topic.
  • Abstract Title: Be brief but descriptive.
  • Author(s) name(s) as they should appear in the program, affiliation, mailing address, phone number and email address.
  • Name of presenter and contact person if different from first author.
  • Students indicate participation in “best student paper or poster”.
  • Text of abstract in 300 words or less.

Abstracts can be submitted on the conference website at:
For more information please visit the conference website (http://agm2015.wabc-afs.org/) or contact: Alix Blake at alix.blake [at] spokanetribe.com or 509-626-4454.