The 145th Annual General Meeting of the AFS ran between August 16–20 in Portland, Oregon. There were over 3,200 fisheries professionals present and countless (well not technically countless) oral and poster presentations. The trade show was the biggest ever and even included the infamous salmon cannon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9qA8c-E_oA). As is typical of AFS meetings, the beer, food, and conversation were pleasing.
Canadians and CARS had plenty of things to celebrate. To start, there was a large western contingent of CARS members and plenty of talks on Pacific salmon! CARS members also cleaned-up on awards. Dr. Bruce Barton (retired, University of South Dakota) was awarded the Meritorious Service Award, Jake Brownscombe (PhD candidate, Carleton University) was awarded the Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship, and Dr. Richard Beamish was given his 50 year pin. Although not CARS members, the Ricker Award was given to the Coalition of Columbia Basin Tribes & Canadian First Nations in recognition for their efforts to conserve fish stocks in the Pacific Northwest; and Dr. Tony Farrell (University of British Columbia) received the Award of Excellence.
At the Plenary Session, the inaugural AFS Fellows were announced. AFS designates as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made outstanding or meritorious contributions to the diversity of fields that are included in the American Fisheries Society. Contributions can include, but are not restricted to, efforts in leadership, research, teaching and mentoring, resource management and/or conservation, and outreach/interaction with the public. CARS members (or suspected past members from what I can tell, apologies for those that may have been missed) honoured include Drs. Bruce Barton, Richard Beamish, John Boreman, Dale Burkett, John Casselman, Chris Goddard, Bill Franzin, Scott Hinch, William Leggett, Barbara Knuth, Chrintine Moffitt, David Noakes, Donald Noakes, and Daniel Pauly.
Next year’s meeting will be held in Kansas City, MO August 21–25, 2016.