North Carolina Aquarium

Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina

March 5-7, 2015



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29th Annual AFS Tidewater Chapter Meeting

March 5-7, 2015

North Carolina Aquarium

Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina

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Meeting Highlights

by Scott Baker

The Tidewater Chapter of the American Fisheries Society held its 29th Annual Meeting in Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina on March 5-7, 2015. We had 80 meeting attendees, evenly split between students and professionals, representing 25 academic, government, non-profit, and private organizations from five states: North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and New York. 

The meeting kicked off on Thursday afternoon in the Soundside Hall of the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores with Laura Lee’s continuing education class on comparing and selecting growth models. After the aquarium closed, the poster social was held in the Freshwater Gallery of the Aquarium. A total of 21 posters were presented, 13 by students. White Swan Chicken and BBQ of Atlantic Beach provided a great meal. 

This year, 29 oral presentations (19 by students) were held on Friday and half-day Saturday. This year, in place of the student-mentor lunch, a “round-the-room” ice-breaker was held first thing Friday morning by which students, and then professionals, gave up to a one minute self-introduction to the audience. Afterword, 19 students delivered oral presentations. It was miserably cold outside, so luckily we were able to take advantage of the gas fireplace in the back of the meeting room! Most people stayed for the entire day, which is always a good indication that folks were interested in the program.

The banquet social was held Friday evening in the Saltwater Gallery of the Aquarium. The Aquarium staff did a tremendous job setting up our dining area right in front of the largest saltwater tank in the state of North Carolina! Attendees enjoyed good company, delicious food by Beaufort Grocery, and great beer from Backstreet Pub while having the opportunity to visit all of the displays in the Saltwater Gallery. The banquet social also featured the presentation of awards for the best student poster and oral presentations, as well as awarding the door and raffle prizes. This year, we were able to secure three large donations that were used as part of our silent auction. This was a lot of fun and certainly earned the Chapter some extra cash -- note to the next President!

Thank you to all those who attended the 2015 Annual Meeting, as well as all our meeting sponsors. We could not have done this without you. I look forward to another great Tidewater meeting next year in Maryland!


includes Presidential remarks, photo links, and award winners.