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The mission of the New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and by promoting the development of fisheries professionals.
From Our President:
I’m writing this before PDSD (post deer season depression) sets in. To get through the coming short days and spotty ice fishing availability, I like to day dream about how much fun the Chapter’s annual meeting has been and will be again this year (any offers of ham with that cheese?). Anyway, here is my sales pitch for this year’s meeting:
The meeting will be held Feb 10-12 at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on the shore of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. We will have the run of this very fancy historic resort. We were able to negotiate a deal to get the state rate of $83/night at the main building and the neighboring Cooper Inn. I suspect attendance will be high to this centralized location and I suggest that everyone register as soon as possible. The Governor even made a special accommodation for those wanting to stay the weekend to ice fish. He has designed February 13-14 as a free fishing weekend.
For our pre-meeting workshop (Weds Feb 10) we will have Marc Nelitz and Brendan Connors from British Columbia come out to discuss how Adaptive Management can be used to create fisheries that are resilient to the more severe disturbance regimes common in today’s fisheries. They come to us from a group called ESSA, a consulting company specializing in environmental and social sciences and decision support. ESSA has developed and implemented Adaptive Management strategies for a wide range of clients including the USF&W Service, Army Corp of Engineers, US Bureau of Reclamation and the Nature Conservancy. They have applied their plans in environments from the East to West Coast, from the Everglades to Pugent Sound. I’m very excited that they are willing to make the long flight out to Upstate NY in February and hope everyone will take advantage of this unique opportunity. Here is a link to their Adaptive Management page: http://essa.com/services/adaptive-management/
Following the workshop will be our welcome social with horderves and beer. Thursday the 11th includes the plenary session, the business meeting and the banquet/raffle. The theme of the meeting is “Building Resiliency into Fish Management Plans – Sustaining Fisheries in a Changing World”. Dan Josephson and Brian Weidel have done an amazing job of lining up the following seven plenary presentations:
Dr. Olaf Jensen Rutgers University Resiliency (conceptual; stock assessments)
Dr. Brian Weidel US Geological Survey Resiliency (conceptual; food webs & invasives)
Dr. Matt Hare Cornell University Resiliency (conceptual; brook trout genetics)
Dr. Russell Brown Woods Hole Sea scallops, Haddock (North Atlantic Ocean)
Mr. Don Einhouse NYS DEC Yellow Perch (Lake Erie)
Mr. Nathaniel Gillespie US Forest Service Brook Trout (Eastern USA)
Dr. Charles Krueger Michigan State Lake Trout (North America)
Following the plenary session will be the business meeting, poster social and the banquet/raffle. Be sure to save your pennies for raffle tickets as this function helps to fund our student travel awards and tends to get exciting with numerous beer filled individuals getting lively. Friday will include split sessions of contributed papers and will run to early afternoon. For those that want to stick around, an ice fishing party will head out onto Otsego Lake that afternoon.
We plan on making a special effort to invite Fisheries professionals from within the Northeast Division to make this a great venue for networking and catching up with old friends. Please join us this February in Cooperstown, the meeting is bound to be a home run (sorry, had to through in a baseball pun).
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