Winter 2013 Newsletter
The end of 2013 is fast approaching and reflecting back upon all that we have accomplished and experienced on the work and home fronts is always a good thing to do. I think that it makes us appreciative of the successes, failures, and time that we have shared together as friends, colleagues, and family. It is also a good time to take stock of everything that we would like to accomplish in the New Year. As fishery professionals, I believe that we have a lot yet to do to ensure the protection, conservation, and wise stewardship of our aquatic natural resources. The pressures, both internal and external to our agencies and organizations will continue to mount, but we must remain steadfast and vigilant in producing the best science possible with the hope that it will be used appropriately by our policy and decision makers. Staying informed and educated on the latest information and issues is the best way to be prepared. To that end, I encourage us all to attend and participate in the upcoming scientific meetings of our choosing, especially our Chapter and Division meetings. The 2014 AFS Southern Division Spring Meeting will be in Charleston, South Carolina from January 22-26, 2014 and the 2014 NC AFS Annual Chapter Meeting will be February 18-19, 2014 at the Millennium Hotel in Durham, North Carolina. Please see the information later in the newsletter about abstract submission, registration, and lodging for the 2014 Chapter Meeting. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2014!!!
Greg Cope, President