2017 Summer Business Meeting was held at the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve in Erie County. After the business meeting, several members of the OCAFS unit and Toledo Rockets Student subunit had the opportunity to introduce our profession to a group of 8th graders from the Urban Community School in Cleveland. Students participated in fish collection, identification, and processing; macroinvertebrate identification and use as indicators of water quality; larval fish identification; and fish aging using scales and otoliths. They also learned about aquatic invasive species and their impact on the Lake Erie food web through an interactive game, models, and specimens. Everyone had a great time, despite almost an inch of rain that fell throughout the event!
2015 Summer Business Meeting was held at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium and included free admission and a behind the scenes tour of the newly renovated aquarium facilities.
The 2012 Summer meeting was held at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park and included a presentation from special guest Dan Imhoff. Dan recently retired from the Ohio EPA and is an avid fisherman and kayaker. His photo presentation detailed his long excursion in a homemade kayak from our Hocking River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
The 2011 Summer meeting was held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and included a behind-the-scenes tour of the manatee and fish aquarium facilities.
The 2010 Summer meeting was held at The Wilds, near Cumberland, OH. The business meeting was held in the brand new Conservation Science Training Center. The meeting was followed with presentation from The Wilds faculty on current wetlands restoration projects. After a brief lunch, we were granted access to fish some of the private ponds on the Wilds property. Numbers and sizes of fish caught were recorded to provide a baseline of data for area managers. Click on the picture to the left for more pics.
The 2009 Summer meeting was held at Stone Laboratory, Put-In-Bay, OH. After the morning business meeting and lunch, meeting participants were treated to an afternoon of perch fishing aboard one of Stone Lab’s research vessels. OCAFS made the most of this opportunity by mixing in a little research with the fishing fun. Participants took turns fishing with live emerald shiners, frozen emerald shiners, salted emeralds, and the artificial Berkely Gulp! Results showed live bait was hard to beat when it came to reeling in Lake Erie perch.
The 2008 Summer meeting was held at the Brown Family Environmental Center on the campus of Kenyon College. After the business meeting, presentations were given by Doug Lead from ODNR Div. of Watercraft and Doug McClarnan and Kim Marshall from Knox County Parks highlighting the Kokosing River Water Trail Program. We wrapped up the afternoon with a 6 mile float trip down the Kokosing thanks to canoes loaned by the Scenic Rivers Program. This provided ample opportunities to try and hook up with some feisty Kokosing River smallies.