INTRODUCED FISH SECTION
Lake Placid, NY. September 12, 2006.
1. Call to order, introductions
M. Dochoda called the meeting to order, inviting attendees to introduce themselves. A quorum of 15 not being met, it was decided that any major decisions would be e-mailed as seconded motions for consideration by entire IFS membership.
2. Approval of Agenda
The agenda was not amended.
3. President & Treasurer Report
The IFS-sponsored symposium Strategies to Prevent, Contain, and Manage Aquatic Invasions: How Can We Improve Effectiveness? was held at the 136th AFS conference.
The IFS brochure created by Jaci Savino (USGS) and Jeff Hill (U of FL) was distributed at the IFS-sponsored symposium, 136th AFS conference. Members are invited to add photos and use generic version posted at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/aquatic_introductions/files/Introduced%20Fish%20Section/
The IFS’s yahoo discussion group aquatic_introductions was established and the first e-meeting of the IFS was held in June 2006.
The IFS President’s nominee, the Great Lakes Fish Health Committee, was awarded the AFS President’s Conservation Award.
The IFS provided the Asian Carp Symposium with $250 for a poster session reception.
The IFS had a balance of $11,767.54 as of August 15, 2006. $181 was spent for refreshments at this meeting. The bulk of funds are in a CD which is due for renewal in November 2006.
4. Publication Plans for Strategies to Prevent, Contain, and Manage Aquatic Invasions: How Can We Improve Effectiveness
Organizers B. Cudmore, M. Dochoda, and J. Gannon plan to prepare an overview for publication in Fisheries. They plan by end of October to circulate a couple of paragraphs among presenters. Presenters can contribute to overview and/or submit accompanying articles on their respective topics.
5. Plans for 2007 Symposia
Participants requested a symposium on marine coastal invaders. M. Dochoda will look for co-sponsors and organizers in the IFS, the Marine Fisheries Section, the western regional ANS Panel, Sea Grant (e.g., Russ Moll), and in Canada and Mexico.
[Upon conclusion of the 2006 symposium, M. Dochoda accepted Barbara Shields’ (Oregon State U.) offer to organize a 2nd symposium for IFS. Shields will invite case histories of initiatives, which have prevented or contained aquatic invasions.]
6. New Business
Student Award. Seconded motion: the IFS will offer a plaque and a $250 award for best student paper. J. Hill will flesh out a proposal for consideration of IFS in November via e-mail. [To come into being, the student award requires a simple majority of at least 15 members.] As proposed, students must be members of IFS. Judges (two per paper) will be sought. The award will be advertised. Decision should be made by early January 2007 in order for awards to be publicized for San Francisco AFS conference in 2007. The FL Chapter’s judging form may be a useful model. J. Gannon will send Hill student award procedures used by International Association of Great Lakes Researchers. [Done.]
Terminology/Glossary. The IFS will compile a list of terms commonly used to describe aquatic introductions, with definitions referenced from literature and policy instruments. D. Chapman will ask via yahoo discussion group aquatic_introductions for terms and definitions to add to M. Dochoda’s draft compilation. The first draft suggests that compilation might serve as glossary for members and nonmembers alike, as basis for considering bylaw requiring terminology used by Shafland & Lewis (1984), and as basis for considering changing name of IFS. [A proposed bylaw amendment or rules suspension must be circulated in writing 30 days in advance of a vote. A 2/3 majority of members choosing to vote is needed to amend bylaws or to suspend a rule. Upon adoption, the amendment is reviewed by the AFS’s Constitutional Consultant, who presents it to the Governing Board. The amendment takes effect when the Executive Director gives written notice of Governing Board approval.]
AFS Position Statement on Exotics. M. Dochoda appointed a task force to review the AFS position statement on exotic species, for IFS consideration at the 2007 AFS meeting in San Francisco. Chaired by P. Moy, members include B. Cudmore, J. Hill, Chris Kohler, Barbara Shields, and Nathan Stone. The AFS proposes to review all policies on a regular basis. P. Moy will coordinate with the AFS’s Resource Policy Committee.
Newsletter. D. Chapman will solicit news items for IFS newsletter.
7. Membership Issues
M. Dochoda reported that sections with more than 50 members may now vote on the AFS’s Governing Board. [The threshold used to be 200; IFS membership hovers around between 190.]
IFS’s original concerns (stocking, aquaculture) are now dealt with in the mainstream, e.g., the symposium Impacts of Introduced / Aquaculture Fish on Native Salmon Populations was sponsored by the AFS Fish Culture Section and Southern Illinois University Student Subunit of the World Aquaculture Society, and not the IFS. IFS’s continuing relevance depends on its providing value to its members, e.g., symposia, position statements and articles, the proposed student award and terminology compilation, and other useful products such as technology for monitoring vectors, risk assessment, and experimental designs for quantifying impacts, a North American Vector Assignment Protocol.
North American Vector Assignment Protocol. M. Dochoda initiate a discussion in the yahoo discussion group aquatic_introductions to see if a VAP should be developed for use throughout North America.
Section Name Change. P. Moy and D. Chapman will develop a proposal, with pros and cons, to change the name of the section to Introduced Fish and Invasive Species Section. Some prospective members believe (erroneously) that IFS confines itself to fish and to authorized introductions. However, such a change may be contrary to bylaws on terminology (as now written), and “invasive” has several meanings (Colautti and MacIsaac. 2004. A neutral terminology to define ‘invasive’ species. Diversity Distrib. 10, 135-141). [A proposed bylaw amendment or rules suspension must be circulated in writing 30 days in advance of a vote. A 2/3 majority of members choosing to vote is needed to amend bylaws or to suspend a rule. Upon adoption, the amendment is reviewed by the AFS’s Constitutional Consultant, who presents it to the Governing Board. The amendment takes effect when the Executive Director gives written notice of approval.]
8. Next Meeting
The IFS will meet with the AFS in San Francisco in 2007. In the meantime, the entire IFS will be invited to vote by e-mail on seconded motions described in these minutes. Business may be discussed as needed in the yahoo discussion group aquatic_introductions. (Join by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .)