The Utah Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is an organization composed of professional fisheries biologists,scientists,and policy makers interested in promoting the well-being of Utah’s fisheries and aquatic resources through scientific advancement and enhancement of the public’s appreciation and understanding of the aquatic world,its biological diversity,its fishery communities,and its ecological processes.
The mission 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 promoting the development of fisheries professionals.
I am pleased to invite all of you to our next annual meeting in Price,Utah from March 11th-13th,2014. I encourage all meeting participants to plan some time into their trip to enjoy the local offerings. Castle Country is a great place to explore Utah’s exciting array of geology and prehistoric cultures. Nine Mile Canyon,along the north side of the Book Cliffs,is full of rock art,historical structures,and wildlife that are easily accessible by vehicle or short hikes. Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum has graciously offered UTAFS participants a reduced entrance fee. Here visitors are immersed in the geology,fossil record,and archaeology of eastern Utah. If you are into outlaw stories of the Old West you might find a brochure-guided walk through Price City Cemetery a great way to “kill” time learning about local pioneers and Butch Cassidy’s cohort. And Carbon County is appropriately named for the large amounts of coal deposits in the area. There are historic coal mine settlements and mines to visit and learn about the industry that was the foundation of Castle Country. As I write this message in subfreezing Utah County temperatures,Price is boasting a balmy 42°F;so bring your hiking boots and bikes and get out for a good Spring stretch.
The theme for this year’s meeting is FISH! and we are now accepting abstracts for the following sessions:Fisheries management and monitoring (native and sportfish),Recovery programs,Stream restoration and aquatic habitat monitoring,Aquatic invasive species,Fish culture,and Beyond FISH! (outreach,recruitment,motorboat access,etc). I know all of our UTAFS members work hard each year to contribute to our profession and presenting at our annual meeting is your chance to share what your efforts have accomplished. Without presentations we would not have an annual meeting,so please be sure to submit your abstracts and encourage your coworkers to do the same. Please submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider attending one of our two continuing education workshops,Age and Growth and Strategic Planning for Stream Restoration,on Tuesday March 11th. Age and Growth will focus on various techniques for aging fish,including some of the pitfalls,as well as introduce participants to what resources are available for our use. Strategic Planning for Stream Restoration will include success stories of the Ogden and Weber Rivers and a site visit to future restoration areas along the Price River.
Our fundraising activity this year will be a trap shoot. For our “advanced” marksmen we are offering a challenging competition for a low entry fee of $20. Details of how this competition will be structured are forthcoming but I can tell you the winner will be taking home a very worthy prize. For less competitive members,such as myself,there will also be a fun shoot for an affordable $10. The fun shoot is geared towards the casual shotgunner or those who are entirely new to the sport. UTAFS is providing clays so grab your shotguns and shells when you head out to Price. If you have several shotguns on hand,consider bringing a few to allow the newbies a chance to be introduced to this activity. (For our agency members:contact an EXCOM member if you require assistance in transporting your firearms.)
Finally, no UTAFS meeting would be complete without some fishing. Consider staying after the meeting to take part in our networking field trip – icefishing on Scofield Friday March 14th. We all need to make more time to fish and here’s your chance to catch up with old friends,meet new ones,and catch some monster trout.
As you can tell,your executive committee is working hard to provide a professional and fun-filled annual meeting. I hope you appreciate their efforts as much as I do and I can’t wait to see you in Price.
President, Utah Chapter of the American Fisheries Society