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. The Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society (SDAFS) includes AFS members from the southern states who meet regularly to discuss research findings and management applications pertaining to the region.

The current membership of the Southern Division is composed of Society members in good standing residing in, or having an interest in the fishery resources and related technical information of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other Caribbean Islands.Valuable assets of the Southern Division have always been the work of its committees and its contributions to the policies and operation of AFS. These committees include:

    • Reservoir Committee
    • Trout Committee
    • Striped Bass Committe
    • Warmwater Streams Committee
    • Small Impoundments Committee
    • Aquaculture Committee
    • Alligator Gar Committee
    • Catfish Committee
    • Nongame Aquatics

An Executive Committee of five elected officers is authorized to preside over meetings, perform appropriate functions, and act on behalf of the Division.  A complete list of officers can be found here.

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