During the Joint Meeting of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Chapters of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) students and professionals from across Pennsylvania and Ohio got the chance to interact and discuss some of the most important items affecting fisheries in their states today. During the three day meeting (February 25-27th) at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center there were many outstanding technical and poster presentations detailing the diversity of fisheries work taking place around the region. Attendees were also challenged to think outside-of-the-box by two highly respected professionals, Drs. John Dettmers and Doug Austen, during the plenary sessions, and engaged in AFS Chapter happenings during the Chapter business meetings. Two scheduled socials provided a chance to strike up conversation with colleagues over a few drinks and some good food. Attendees also made use of down time to explore the beautiful Presque Isle State Park and local establishments within downtown Erie.
Attendees staying for the third day had the chance to participate in a fantastic workshop organized aimed at sharpening your fish identification skills. Check out the Conference Agenda for more details about the workshop and conference. Overall, the meeting was a huge success and we’d like to extend our thanks to the members of the Pennsylvania Chapter for being such accommodating hosts.