Awards – Zachary Bess, University of Nevada Reno
Bylaws and Nominations – Ramona Swenson, Environmental Science Associates
Communications – Lisa Thompson, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
Conservation – Gary Sprague, NOAA Fisheries
Continuing Education – Stephanie Durkacz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Diversity and Outreach – Esther Tracy, Department of Water Resources
Exhibits – Andrew Hampton, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Finance – Wayne Lifton, Cardno
Grants – Shawn Acuna, Metropolitan Water District
Historian – Jim Hobbs, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Membership – , Vacant
Native Fishes – Damon Goodman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Policy and Resolutions – Sheena Holley, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Time and Place – Kelly Souza, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
BYLAWS AND NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
The Bylaws and Nominations Committee submits to the Executive Committee a slate of candidates for specific Chapter offices, and periodically reviews the Chapter Bylaws.
The Communications Committee provides information on Chapter activities, positions, and opinions. The committee is responsible for maintenance of and updates to the Cal-Neva Chapter website, including those related to the annual Chapter meeting; production and distribution of the quarterly e-newsletter and occasional “newsblasts” in Constant Contact; emails and web-based ballot for the annual Chapter election.
The Conservation Committee shall review fisheries legislation, issues and environmental recommendations and policies of the Society and other organizations. This Committee shall submit review statements as verbal testimony, written or electronic comment letters, letters to editors of newspapers or position statements on aquatic environmental issues with suggested actions for approval and signature by majority vote of the Executive Committee or by majority vote of the Chapter membership at the next general membership meeting. The Conservation Committee Chair shall represent the Committee on the Chapter’s Executive Committee and regularly provide updated information for inclusion on the Chapter website, write Committee articles for publication in Pisces and serve as the Chapter representative on the Environmental Concerns Committee of the Division. Conservation Committee Update for 2016-2017
The International Committee shall encourage and support personal communication and exchange of fisheries-related technical information between Cal-Neva and Mexico Chapter members; promote the joint conservation and sustainability of trans-boundary inland and marine fisheries resources of California and Mexico; support collaborative fisheries research activities between Californian and Mexican scientists; and participate in international activities of the AFS International Fisheries Section and the Division Mexican Fisheries Committee.
The Historian maintains the historical records of the Chapter, including a detailed set of important Chapter documents and photographs, and uses these to prepare reports or summaries of historical value to Chapter membership and the Society.
The Membership Committee promotes and expands Chapter membership by identifying and implementing efforts to increase the enrollment of new Chapter members, creating and carrying out recruitment actions or projects and assisting other AFS recruitment efforts when possible.
NATIVE FISHES COMMITTEE
The Native Fishes Committee is responsible for promoting the awareness and conservation of California and Nevada’s native fishes through education and outreach activities, public recognition of outstanding work towards native fish conservation, and serving as an outlet for the discussion and dissemination of information pertinent to California and Nevada’s native fishes.
The Planning Committee arranges the program, consisting of technical presentations, symposia, and other fishery-related activities, for the general membership meeting. The Chair of the Planning Committee is the winner of the most recent presidential election, and retains the Chair when he/she assumes the duties of President-Elect. The Planning Committee Chair is the lead for all other aspects of planning of the Annual Meeting and nominates the Time and Place Committee Chair for appointment by the President.
POLICY AND RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE
The Policy and Resolutions Committee drafts and recommends to the Chapter and/or the Executive Committee for approval those resolutions, policies, and position statements that accomplish Chapter objectives.
TIME AND PLACE COMMITTEE
The Time and Place Committee selects appropriate times, locations, and facilities to accommodate the general membership meetings. The Time and Place Committee Chair typically coordinates and plans the logistics of the annual meeting.