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OKAFS - Oklahoma Chapter of the American Fisheries Society




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Welcome to the Oklahoma Chapter of the
American Fisheries Society

The Oklahoma Chapter was chartered on September 8, 1968

The mission of the chapter is:

  • To promote conservation, development and wise use of the aquatic and fishery resources of Oklahoma.

  • To promote and evaluate the development and advancement of all aspects of fisheries science and management in Oklahoma.

  • To gather and disseminate scientific, technical and other information about fisheries science and management to Chapter members and the general public through publications, meetings and other forms of communications.

  • To encourage competent teaching of fisheries science and management in Oklahoma colleges and universities and promote the continuing education of Oklahoma fisheries workers.

Oklahoma Chapter Bylaws (Adobe Acrobat file)

Fisheries Management and Research in OK (Adobe Acrobat file)

History of Fisheries in Oklahoma (Adobe Acrobat file - 3 MB)

Link to National AFS Website

Link to Southern Division AFS


As a sub-unit of the National American Fisheries Society, the OKAFS is a 501(c)3 Tax-exempt organization.


Last Website Update -  18 April 2013


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Oklahoma Fish and
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Oklahoma AFS position statement: Sustainable Use of Water Resources in Oklahoma - Recent drought conditions in the southern Great Plains have heightened a growing awareness of a problem surrounding sustainable water use for consumptive and non-consumptive needs in Oklahoma.  The resulting problem for natural resources has been obvious for some time, but only when extreme conditions prevail does it become clear...

Oklahoma-Texas Chapters 2014 Meeting scheduled for February 13-14.  The meeting was be held at Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center on Lake Texoma in Pottsboro, TX...

Oklahoma's Supreme Court Water Case: Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann (State Impact)  On April 23, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, a case that has profound implications for Oklahomaís water resources and could impact interstate water compacts across the country.

OK/TX Water Fight - A visual guide (StateImpact)  The U.S. Supreme Court is set to weigh in on a water rights dispute between Oklahoma and Texas.  Here's a look at what the fight is about...

Water from Canton Lake (Oklahoma Gazette) Amid drought, controversy surrounds OKCís decision to take water from a lake in northwest Oklahoma...

News Archives:

Emergency paddlefish rules to maintain fishing opportunities while reducing harvest (Bixby Bulletin)  Oklahoma is known for having the best paddlefish fishery in the world, and emergency rules approved by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission will help ensure the fishing in northeast Oklahoma is as good in the future as it is now.  At its November meeting, the Commission...

Oklahoma Aquarium Opens New Shrimp Boat and Cove Exhibit  (Oklahoma Aquarium)  The Oklahoma Aquarium is officially opening a new exhibit to the public on Thursday, July 30th at 10:00.  The Reasorís Shrimp Boat and Cove in the Biodiversity Gallery is complete with the sounds of seagulls squawking, and a brightly colored backdrop.  The boat and adjoining tide pools house shrimp, horseshoe crabs, urchins... 

Water sale lawsuit gamble pits Oklahoma and Texas (Norman Transcript) The thought of sending southeastern Oklahoma water to housing and commercial developments in North Texas for free doesn't sit well for most state residents. Oklahoma lawmakers agreed and put a moratorium on the sale of state water to out of state interests until a long-range study is completed.

Don't sell water to Texas, speakers urge (NewsOK)  More than a dozen speakers, including two Texans, called on legislators and the governor today to resist any desires to sell Oklahoma water to Texas...

Paddlefish Program Praised (Tulsa World)  One of the most innovative projects ever created by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is under way in the far upper headwaters of Grand Lake...

Some Grand Lake fish under lead warning (Tulsa World) The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has released its 2007 fish study. The study involves fish from the Neosho River, Spring River, Grand Lake and mill ponds....

Researchers seek paddlefish details (Carthage Press) Biologists have started a pilot program to study an ancient fish species in Oklahoma's Grand Lake of the Cherokees...

New Kaw lake record flathead hooked (ODWC)If Lesley McNeff of Mustang had caught her 78 lb. flathead catfish from Kaw Lake this time last year...

Oklahoma Aquarium opens new exhibit (ODWC) The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks recently opened its largest addition since its opening in 2003. The Hayes Family Ozark Streams exhibit...

State's water resources become precious as oil (Norman Transcript) The governor's water conference in Oklahoma City this week addressed the long-term vision for managing the state's water resources...