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Mission Statement

The mission of the UGA Fisheries Society shall be that of the American Fisheries Society, as stated in Article 1, Paragraph 2, of the AFS Constitution, which reads:

The Society's objectives are to:

  1. Promote the conservation, development, and wise use of the fisheries;
  2. Promote and evaluate the development and advancement of all branches of fisheries science and practice;
  3. Gather and disseminate to Society members and the general public scientific, technical, and other information about fisheries science and practice through publications, meetings, and other forms of communication;
  4. Encourage the teaching of fisheries science and practice in colleges and universities and the continuing professional development of fisheries workers.
  5. Specifically, the UGA Fisheries Society seeks to provide educational enrichment, encourage community service, and promote professional enhancement among University of Georgia students, faculty, and staff interested in fisheries and aquatic sciences.

UGA Fisheries Activities

By-Laws

Section 1. NAME AND OBJECTIVES
(a) The name of this organization shall be the University of Georgia Student Sub-Unit of the American Fisheries Society ("Society"), hereinafter referred to as the "Sub-Unit."
(b) The objectives of the Sub-Unit shall be those of the Society as set forth in Article I of the Society Constitution, and especially, to encourage and promote community service, educational enrichment, and professional enhancement among University of Georgia students, faculty, and staff interested in fisheries and aquatic sciences.
(c) All activities of this Sub-Unit shall conform to the Society's Constitution, Bylaws, Rules, and Policies.

Section 2. MEMBERSHIP
(a) The membership of the Sub-Unit shall be composed of those who have an interest in fisheries and related issues of importance to the State of Georgia, and who attend, are employed by, or are otherwise affiliated with the University of Georgia.
(b) In accordance with the Constitution of the Society, only Society members may serve as committee chairs or vote on Sub-Unit business. Additionally, only Society and Georgia Chapter members are eligible to hold office within the Sub-Unit.
(c) Members are considered ‘active’ upon payment of semester dues.

Section 3. MEETINGS
(a) The Sub-Unit shall hold at least one meeting monthly, during the academic school year, at a time and place designated by its Executive Committee.
(b) Special meetings may be called by any member of the Executive Committee when such need arises.

Section 4. OFFICERS
(a) The officers of the Sub-Unit shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, and a Secretary-Treasurer, each of whom must be Society and Georgia Chapter members.
(b) Officers shall be elected at the end of spring semester, with the term beginning the following fall semester. Officers shall serve for one academic year; however, the Secretary-Treasurer may serve more than one term. If an office is vacated, the Membership shall appoint, by nomination and vote, a qualified replacement to fill the remainder of the term.

Section 5. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
(a) The President of the Sub-Unit shall preside at all meetings, chair the Executive Committee, make appointments, and perform other duties and functions as authorized by the Sub-Unit's Executive Committee.
(b) The Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President if the latter is unable to act and shall perform other duties and functions as authorized by the Sub-Unit's Executive Committee.
(c) The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep the official records of the Sub-Unit, submit an annual report of the Sub-Unit proceedings to the Georgia Chapter's Secretary-Treasurer at the end of the Spring Semester, disburse funds as authorized by the Executive Committee or the membership, submit a record of receipts and disbursements at each Sub-Unit meeting, and complete other duties as requested by the Sub-Unit's Executive Committee.

Section 6. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee of the Sub-Unit shall consist of elected officers, the Faculty Advisor, and other members as may be appointed by the President. The Executive Committee is authorized to act on behalf of the Sub-Unit between meetings.

Section 7. VOTING AND QUORUM
(a) All decisions at meetings are decided by a simple majority vote, except for bylaw revisions.
(b) A quorum at any meeting for transaction of official business shall be one-third of the Sub-Unit active membership, except that members present may approve a lesser number for a given meeting, if circumstances dictate.
(c) Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws or the Constitution of the Society, meetings are conducted according to the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order.

Section 8. DUES AND FEES
The Executive Committee shall establish annual dues subject to approval of the members voting at the last scheduled meeting of the academic year. Dues will be collected by the Secretary-Treasurer at the beginning of the Fall Semester, each academic year.

Section 10. AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS
(a) The Bylaws of the Sub-Unit may be amended by a two-thirds majority approval of those members voting, provided that notice of the proposed change(s) be given to the membership at least 14 days prior to a meeting.
(b) Following approval by Sub-Unit membership, Bylaw amendments must be submitted to the Executive Director at least 45 days before the next meeting of the Society's Executive Committee.
(c) Bylaw amendments shall not be implemented until they have been approved by the Society's Executive Committee.

Section 11. NON-DISCRIMINATION CLAUSE
The Sub-Unit shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap, political affiliation or sexual orientation.