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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. 

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Retired NYSDEC biologist Walt Keller receives Conservationist of the Year award at 2016 NYCAFS meeting

Dear NYS AFS Members:

I am writing to thank you again for honoring me with at the annual banquet with the Conservationist of the Year Award which means so much to me. And again, I am humbled by your recognition.

My absence from the last day of the Chapter meeting was not intended. On that Friday morning drive from Stamford to the Otesaga I had some discomfort and started to berate myself for not having my nitro aboard. When I got to Cooperstown I had to decide whether to turn right at Price Chopper for the hospital or continue on to the Otesaga. An act of self-conservation, I turned right. Clue to all for fast admittance to and immediate undivided Emergency Room attention, the two magic words, “chest pain”. Fortunately for me a false alarm and they sent me home, absent any pain but still clueless, the next afternoon.

But detour aside and again, thank you so much for even considering to award me for something that I was not even aware might be obvious, my baby steps for conservation.


Walt Keller

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    Barry taking time to introduce Walt Keller
  • Barry and Walt
    Barry and Walt
    Barry presents the award to Walt
  • Walt
    Well Walt started to thank everyone and then began rambling as usual

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Fish Maps of New York State, webpage

atlas webpage primerReference as:  Carlson, D. and R. Daniels. 2013. Fish Atlas maps of New York, webpage. 184 pp http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/84622.html

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