The Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (ORAFS)was established in 1964 and is composed of over 400 fisheries and aquatic science professionals from federal, state, and tribal agencies, colleges and universities, private employers, students, and retired professionals of fisheries and aquatic science fields. Its mission is to improve the conservation and sustainability of Oregon fishery resources and their aquatic ecosystems by advancing science, education and public discourse concerning fisheries and aquatic science.
In February, I had the opportunity to attend the 2011 ORAFS Annual Meeting in Bend, OR. The meeting included a wide variety of opportunities for sharing technical expertise, ideas, results of research, and abundant networking opportunities. The plenary speaker was Dr. Don Chapman who has 55 years of fisheries experience. There were technical sessions that covered topics such as Marine Fishery Reserves, Fish Physiology, Salmonid Life History Investigations, Fish Passage Issues, and Fish Reintroduction Research. Networking activities included a student-mentor mixer, a banquet, and an auction/raffle (I co-chaired the raffle and auction this year and spent the last few months contacting donors, acquiring artwork, equipment, and fishing adventures). Another important role ORAFS plays is promoting the development of fisheries professionals. Student papers and posters were judged by fisheries professionals during the conference. Awards and scholarships were later presented to students recognizing their excellent work.
Submitted by Brook Silver.