The American Fisheries Society is a large and diverse organization—a collaborative network—with over 160 units (Sections, Chapters, Student Subunits, Committees) that our 9000+ members belong to, serve on, or are affiliated with a broad range of activities related to all aspects of the fisheries professions. With such a large organizational structure, many of us could use an update on AFS and how it functions. A presentation titled “This is AFS” does just that and is available to educate AFS audiences and strengthen our network connections. Please view this presentation. More importantly share it with others and consider joining AFS as a member or increasing your involvement as a leader in your local or national unit. Our hope is that this presentation will help all of us better understand who we are, what we do, and how we do it. For more information about the American Fisheries Society, visit the official web site at fisheries.org.
The Ontario Chapter (OC) is the local organization in Ontario for the American Fisheries Society (AFS). Its members encourage and foster the exchange of information among members of the Chapter, the Society and others in the Province of Ontario.
AFS Membership includes access to the Membership Directory and the Members Only Archive which includes all issues of Fisheries magazine since 2005. Beginning in January 2018, AFS individual members will receive free online access to all five AFS journals. Members will continue to receive print copies of Fisheries as part of their membership benefits, and print subscriptions for journals will be available at the same rates as previously. In addition to all Society Membership Benefits, membership the Ontario Chapter includes an electronic subscription to our Newsletter, email notification of Employment Opportunities, an invitation to our Annual Meeting, access to on-line publishing via our Member Publications page, Continuing Education opportunities, and voting privileges including the election of chapter officers (Executive Committee).
AFS Member but not an Ontario Chapter Member?
There are many reasons that an individual AFS member should also join the Ontario Chapter.
1. Developing/rekindling relationships with others in the Province that share a common interest.
3. Get involved with grass roots fisheries projects, either by volunteering time or providing ideas/advice for projects.
4. Access to Continuing Education activities, such as the Introductory Bioengineering Course and also the opportunity to develop training initiatives.
5. Uniting the fisheries professional from all three levels of government, the private sector, academia, and NGO’s and giving them a forum from which they can learn/share information.
6. Keep current on fisheries issues that affect the Province of Ontario through the AFS-OC website and Newsletter.
Please consider joining the Ontario Chapter the next time you renew your AFS membership (or sooner). If you have any questions regarding the Ontario Chapter please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current members are encouraged to keep their email address up to date. Please send email address changes to the webmaster. In addition, please update your profile with the parent society at secure.fisheries.org.