Welcome to KYAFS!

You have stumbled upon the new home for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, which will serve as a hub for news and information on anything related to fisheries in Kentucky.  At the moment, we are in the process of developing a whole new site that will be more interactive than ever before.  So please be patient and don’t forget to bookmark the site so that you can easily return and check out our progress.

Even though the site is still in development, many folks have wondered what exactly we are about.  After some discussion, it was determined that the best to describe it is to simply provide you with the “Purpose” of our chapter…

Let’s first begin with some information on our parent society… The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists. The AFS promotes scientific research and enlightened management of aquatic resources for optimum use and enjoyment by the public. It also encourages comprehensive education of fisheries scientists and continuing on-the-job training.

The purpose and responsibilities of our chapter matches up with that of all chapters that have been organized under the AFS…

  • Facilitate communication among members (by newsletters and other means) regarding fisheries science issues and the conduct of the fisheries profession within the Chapter’s region.
  • Hold meetings, publish works, and perform other activities on a technical and semi- technical level that advance the status and performance of the fisheries profession within the Chapter’s region.
  • Determine the views of members relative to professional topics affecting their performance, for example, by conducting surveys and considering resolutions.
  • Present the views of Chapter members to the Division membership, the AFS membership, and to the general public and government agencies within the Chapter’s boundaries.
  • Hold annual meetings at which all Bylaw responsibilities are carried out.
  • Serve as technical and professional advisors to government agencies within the Chapter’s region.
  • Promote the fisheries profession within the Chapter’s boundaries through active and positive relations with journalists, government officials, special interest groups, other professional organizations, and the general public.
  • Promote proper use of aquatic resources by initiating and participating in special projects that increase public awareness, expand participation, improve habitat, and protect fragile resources.

Our members generally consist of employees of KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) as well as the faculty, students and alumni associated with the fish and wildlife programs at the various universities and colleges that are located throughout the state of Kentucky.

Other information, like contact info, a schedule of events and membership forms, will soon be available through this website.  However, if you have questions, comments, or even requests right now, then feel free to follow the “Leave a Reply” link just below this post and someone will see to it that you will get an answer.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check back often to see how the site has developed.