This is the portal to the Alaska Chapter's student subunit of America's oldest and largest non-profit professional society for fisheries scientists... AFS!
We're also the northern-most student subunit of AFS!!
The objectives of the subunit are to:
Check out our new-and-improved Facebook page, updated regularly.
Our Alaska blackfish student research project is progressing well, we have identified a pond in the Goldstream Valley where blackfish can be readily caught and have caught and fin-clipped a large sample of fish. In mid-April we conducted a recapture survey, estimating the total population of the lake to be 52,940 individuals. Check out the "Student Research Project" page for more info.
We held a bbq/fly fishing outing at Badger Slough in North Pole on Saturday May 2, similar to the one we did last year. Everybody caught some grayling and we had wild game bbq!
Also, congratulations to Fisheries students who graduated in 2015: Mac Campbell, Jason Neuswanger, Trevor Haynes, Ben Gray, Kurt Heim, Jeremy Hadden, Shamariah Hale, Rodney Hobby, and Genevieve Johnson.
The subunit hosted the Fly Fishing Film Tour as a fundraiser for student club operations and our Alaska blackfish research project. The film tour was held at the Murie Auditorium on June 6, and there was a good turn out. Proceeds will go towards student group meeting expenses and the blackfish project for the 2015-2016 school year.
Students: make sure you sign up for fall 2015 classes, and have a great summer field season!
Our subunit was selected for the Western Division American Fisheries Society 'Outstanding Student Subunit Award' for our activities and involvement during the 2014-2015 school year! The award will be presented at the national AFS meeting in Portland, Oregon on August 18, 2015. The subunit also won this award in 2012-2013 so we are on a roll!