2021 NCAFS Meeting

2021 Meeting of the NC Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

February 16-17, 2021

Join us for the 32nd Annual Meeting of the NC Chapter of the AFS in February.  This will be a virtual meeting, streamed via WebEx.  Email NCAFS President-Elect Ryan Heise if you have questions.

Schedule And Program

  • Tue, Feb. 16th
    • 0830 – 0845: Opening Comments, incl. raffle & meeting protocols
    • 0845 – 1210: Contributed Papers
  • Wed, Feb. 17th
    • 0800 – 1030: Contributed Papers
    • 1045 – 1215: NCAFS Business Meeting

View and download meeting program (abstracts included).


Abstracts accepted for oral, lightning, & poster presentations.  Topics addressing any aspect of fisheries and related aquatic sciences are welcomed, including, but not limited to, management, research, conservation, outreach and education.  Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes (including a question & answer period).

Lightning Talks

5 minute talks, 2 minute question/answer for each (PowerPoint optional), for students and professionals to present new projects or programs, results from ongoing work, emerging issues, and other research or management briefs.

Submission deadline for all sessions:  CLOSED.

How to submit an abstract:

  1. Complete the abstract submission form (click here to download).
  2. Attach the abstract submission form to an email with the subject line “NCAFS Meeting 2021 Abstract”.
  3. Email the form to BOTH NC Program Committee Members Ryan Heise at [email protected] and Bryn Tracy at [email protected].

All abstracts are limited to 300 words and should include clearly stated objectives, brief methods, general results, and the basic conclusion. Abstract title should appear in bold, followed by the author name(s), and affiliation(s). Please include contact information with email and phone number. If the presenter is a student, please note this on the submission. Abstracts must be submitted using the official form (example included). Please list several keywords at the end for future search capability.

Program Committee Members:  Ryan Heise, Bryn Tracy, Nick Wahl, Mike Abney, Matt McKinney

Judges will be scoring all presentations for awards in both the professional and student categories.


Since the Chapter meeting is virtual this year, there is no registration fee. However, all participants still need to register using the link below. You may join or renew your NCAFS membership using our online membership form here.

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Presentation Scoring Criteria

Presenters:  To assist you in putting together an award-winning presentation, below are the judging criteria for both professional and student papers.  You may also download a .pdf version of the scoresheet.

In a 5-point category, judges award 3 points for average quality (even though average quality may be very good), 4 for above average, and 5 for outstanding.

A. Individual Components (5 points for each)

  1. Title – Does it accurately describe the subject?
  2. Introduction – Does it provide adequate background, a historical context, and justification for the study?  Were the objectives and purpose clearly stated?
  3. Methods or Approach – Are they described with sufficient detail?

B. Content

  1. Structure and Organization (15 points) – Is there logical development and integration of the presentation?  Is the presentation comprehensible by members of the audience not engaged in that particular specialty?
  2. Originality (10 points) – How valuable is the presentation in communicating and presenting unique or innovative methods, concepts, or interpretations? How relevant and significant is it to fisheries science?
  3. Analytical Merit (10 points) – Are the analytical methods and study design or approach adequate and appropriate?
  4. Technical Merit (10 points) – Are interpretations consistent with the results or evidence presented?  Are limitations identified and evaluated?

C. Physical Presentation

  1. Delivery (15 points) – Does the presenter employ good voice quality, enthusiasm, grammar, eye contact, posture and body language, pronunciation, and articulation?
  2. Visual Aids (15 points) – Are the visual aids large enough, simple, understandable, relevant, and attractive?
  3. Timing (5 points) – Does the presenter complete the talk within the allotted time, and leave time for questions?

D. Other Considerations (5 points)

  1. Use this category to reward unique or attractive features which do not fit exactly into other criteria (e.g., judicious and effective use of humor).  It should be considered an extra and should not be awarded automatically.

E. Comments

  1. Provide a brief evaluation of your impressions of each presentation.  Comments will be used to break ties.