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).

Nathan B. Furey
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:

For more details about this award:

Seeking newsletter contributions


What did you do this summer? Do you have any exciting and/or funny stories to share about your work? Did you make some awesome fishy art or write a poem? We’re looking for contributions for our Fall newsletter! This is a great way to spread the word about your research (and HELLO STUDENTS – portfolio builder!!) – you will connect with over 1000 fisheries professionals in the WABC region!!

Please submit your work to Communications Director Brittany Jenewein (btjenewein [at] or afs.wabc [at] by Sept. 20, 2016.

See our past issues here:

2017 AGM Announced!

Mark your calendars! The Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society announces the 2017 Annual General Meeting to be held in Spokane, Washington on April 10-13, 2017. The meeting location is to be confirmed.

The WA-BC Chapter extends a special invitation to all AFS members and all fellow fisheries professionals in Washington and British Columbia, particularly Tribes and First Nations, to attend and participate in this conference.

For more information, please contact Tamara Knudsen, our upcoming WA-BC Chapter President Elect, at tamarak [at]

More details will be posted as they become available.

We have a lot of exciting things planned for this conference and are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Call for Candidates – Vice President

The Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is currently inviting candidate statements for the position of Vice President on the Executive Committee. Ever think about developing and refining your leadership skills? Or maybe just giving a little back to an organization that does so much for students, professional development and natural resource conservation? Then now is a great time to get more involved and help the chapter chart the course into the future.

The Vice-President position is a four-year progressive commitment, serving the first year as Vice-President, the second year as President-Elect, the third year as President, and the fourth year as Past-President.  During this term of service the Chapter will provide the member an opportunity to represent the Chapter at both a Western Division and Society meeting. Upon completion of the presidential series members are awarded Life Membership to the American Fisheries Society.

The election will run June 1 to June 15, and term will begin in concert with the Society officer transition (September). Further detail and a description of duties the position carries out can be found in our bylaws ( Feel free to contact current or recent officers to find out what their experience was like.

Candidate statements are due by 5:00 pm Pacific time on Friday, May 13. Please email your nominations to Matt Klungle, past-president (Matthew.Klungle [at] Nominations should contain a brief written statement that includes the position you are nominating for, your background, why you want to serve on the Executive Committee, and what vision you have for the Chapter. These statements will be made available to the Chapter membership for use in voting. Please also include a photograph of yourself (jpg format) that can be used for the election.  Contact Matt Klungle, Nominating Committee Chair, at the above email address if you have any questions.

Call for Student Volunteers

We need volunteers for the Washington-British Columbia American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting! Volunteers are needed for registration desk, AV during sessions, Spawning Run, and anything else we need a body!! Student volunteers receive free registration into the meeting and a great opportunity to witness the interworking of putting together a professional meeting. Please wait to register at the door and we will take care of the cost! If you have already registered we will reimburse your registration cost. We will need student volunteers Monday March 28th starting at 1:30PM until Thursday March 31st 3:00PM. Send me, Alix Blake, your dates available (and time block if necessary) and preferred job.

Deadline for student volunteer sign-up is March 18th

Volunteer Jobs

Registration Desk: Help people check in and on site registrants. Sell T-shirts and answer questions!

AV: Assist the moderator and presenters load their presentations onto the laptop, setup the next talk and keep track of time.

Spawning Run: Assist Brittany starting the spawning run and directing people to the event.

Floaters: A couple of student to answer questions and assist the meeting organizer as needed.

Alix Blake, alix.blake [at] (509) 389-1905

Announcing 2nd Continuing Education Workshop for Chapter AGM

We are now offering a 2nd Continuing Education workshop at the 2016 Chapter AGM.  Details below:

Level A Fish Passage Assessments at Freshwater Culverts
Cost = $30
When: 1 – 3 PM, Thursday March 31

Workshop: This introductory course provides an overview of the culvert barrier assessment protocols described in WDFW’s 2009 Fish Passage Barrier and Surface Water Diversion Screening Assessment and Prioritization Manual. This nationally used publication provides science-based assessment methods for evaluating various instream features, including a ‘Level A’ and ‘Level B’ barrier analysis for culverts. Participants will learn how to assess fish passage conditions through culverts using the Level A standardized data collection procedures. Learning will occur in the classroom and through hands-on field training. The Level B hydraulic analysis will be introduced, but is not fully covered in this short course. Each attendee will receive a Level A Barrier Analysis Training Certificate of Completion.

Presenter: Justin Zweifel is the Fish Passage Inventory and Assessment Unit Coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Within the Habitat Program, the Fish Passage Inventory and Assessment Unit includes 10-16 full-time staff working statewide to collect field data on fish passage and screening features. Justin is the agency lead for fish passage training events which are regularly attended by representatives from federal, state, and local governments, tribes, and various conservation groups.

Sign up through the online AGM registration or at the registration booth at the conference.