Introduction
The Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society was established in 1980 as the result of a number of dedicated Florida fisheries scientists, who were active members of the parent society, deciding that networking with each other would strengthen fisheries management and research in the sunshine state. Chapter members meet annually to present technical papers and to informally get to know one another better. There are no membership requirements other than a minimal annual dues of $10, and payment of appropriate registration fees for the annual meeting. However, Chapter members are encouraged to join the parent society of AFS.

Most Chapter members come from The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; various university fisheries schools (including UF, FSU, FIT, FAU among others), and the Federal Government (for example, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Forest Service). However we welcome individuals from commercial aquaculture, commercial fisheries, fishing guides, tournament fishermen, outdoor writers, manufacturers/retailers of fisheries products and anyone else interested in enhancing and sustaining Florida fisheries.

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