UWGB AFS Meeting

October 25th Meeting with UWGB American Fisheries Society

On October 25th, 2016, Adrian Meseberg and Mike Renish, of Green Bay Trout Unlimited ( GBTU ), met with the University of Wisconsin Green Bay ( UWGB ) American Fisheries Society ( AFS ) president Jeremiah Shrovnal, and his committee,  to develop a closer relationship between the two organizations.  Jeremiah hosted the event in room 207 in the Mary Ann Cofrin Hall located in the center of the campus.  Other committee members from the UWGB AFS in attendance were Annie Linkenheld, Spencer VanderBloemen, James Salschieder, Phillip Duveneck, Amanda Henne and Emily Weber.


The American Fisheries Society (AFS) was founded in 1870, and is the oldest and largest professional society representing 9000 plus fisheries scientists from around the world ( http://fisheries.org/ ).

AFS serves several important functions including:

  • promoting scientific research and sustainable management of fisheries resources
  • publishing some of the world’s leading fisheries research journals and books,
  • organizing scientific meetings where new results are reported and discussed
  • encouraging comprehensive education for fisheries professionals

“The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.”

AFS is separated into four regional divisions (North Central, Northeastern, Southern and Western) that serve member needs across a large geographic area and coordinate activities federal, provincial and state-level agencies and organizations.

Divisions are then partitioned into 48 chapters in North America that connect aspects of fisheries, from marine stock assessment to hatchery management at the state level.

The North Central Division, for example, comprises 13 chapters representing 16 states and Ontario.

Student sub-units are then organized within chapters, typically housed at universities or colleges, and provide a way for students to be involved within their institution and network with local professionals.

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Student Sub-unit of the American Fisheries Society ( UWGB AFS ) is part of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society ( http://www.wi-afs.org/ ) in the North Central Division.

Our UWGB AFS generally meets every week during the academic year to view presentations by local fisheries professionals and participate in social and scientific activities.

Submitted by Jeremiah Shrovnal – President UWGB AFS