INTRODUCED FISH SECTION
San Francisco, NY. September 3, 2007.
MINUTES (DRAFT 13 Sept.)
Members in attendance: President Elect Duane Chapman (USGS-CERC), Walter Courtenay (Retired, USGS), President Margaret Dochoda, Jason Goeckler (KS Wildlife and Parks, Past President Phil Moy (WI Sea Grant), Carl Page (ARS Consulting), Gwen White (IN DNR), Observers: John Dettmers (GLFC), Jill Finster (GLFC)
1. Call to order, introductions, announcements
A quorum of 15 IFS members was not present. However, seconded motions were invited for vote by members via e-mail or conference call.
Agenda and other materials are posted at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/aquatic_introductions/files/Introduced%20Fish%20Section/ .
2. Approval of agenda
3. President & Secretary-Treasurer 2007 report
M. Dochoda reviewed several IFS initiatives of the previous year including letters to USFWS re listing of Silver Carp & Largescale Silver Carp November 6, 2006), to USCG re ballast reporting requirements (March 16, 2007), to US legislators re proposed ballast water legislation (July 24), and to Audobon Society re mosquito fish introduction (August 1).
President Elect D. Chapman addressed the April 2007 meeting of the Fisheries Administrators’ Section re the need for consultation on proposed introductions.
The IFS provided $250 to the Equal Opportunities Section to support student travel in 2007.
Secretary-Treasurer Kevin Irons reported a balance of $12, 519.65 for the IFS.
In 2006, the IFS agreed to compile a list of terms commonly used to describe aquatic introductions, with definitions referenced from literature and policy instruments. The yahoo discussion group aquatic_introductions added terms and definitions to M. Dochoda’s draft compilation. More input is needed before the Section can deliberate on preferred usage as a basis for considering bylaw requiring terminology used by Shafland & Lewis (1984) and for considering changing name of IFS. Chapman and Courtenay expressed interest in developing the glossary.
[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.]
4. Student Paper Award
J. Hill (U of Florida) expressed continuing interest in fleshing out a proposal to award a plaque and $250 for best student paper, for consideration if IFS. He has conferred with AFS and International Association of Great Lakes Researchers on their student award procedures.
5. 2006 & 2007 Symposia Update
2006—Strategies to Prevent, Contain, and Manage Aquatic Invasions: How Can We Improve Effectiveness? A publication in Fisheries will not be forthcoming.
2007—The IFS and Marine Fisheries Section agreed to cosponsor a symposium on coastal marine invasions, however, a proposal was not submitted for the San Francisco conference. Members expressed regret that the west coast’s rich experience with marine invaders was not being shared at this conference.
2007—Likewise, a proposal was not submitted for a symposium of case histories of initiatives, which have prevented or contained aquatic invasions.
2008—proposals for IFS-sponsored symposia will be discussed in a conference call, e.g.,
Preventing Cross-Border Movement of Aquatic Invaders?
Accountability in Monitoring Vectors—Technologies and Programs to Ensure that Strategies Effectively Prevent and Contain Aquatic Invasions?
Quantifying Ecological & Economic Impacts of Aquatic Invasions?
Success Stories of Preventing or Containing Invasions?
J. Finster requested clarification on the process for organizing a future symposium.
6. Review of AFS Exotics Position Statement
There was no progress to report. The existing position statement was welcomed by legislative staff working on comprehensive exotics legislation for the US.
7. North American Vector Assignment Protocol
The aquatic_introductions discussion group had not expressed interest in developing a Vector Assignment Protocol or dichotomous key for North America, like that developed for the Great Lakes in Holeck et al. (2004) in BioScience 10: 919-929. The proposed project was dropped.
8. Section Name Change
Some prospective members believe (erroneously) that IFS confines itself to fish and to authorized introductions. In 2006, P. Moy and D. Chapman agreed to develop a proposal, with pros and cons, to change the name of the section to Introduced Fish and Invasive Species Section. However, because such a change may be contrary to bylaws on terminology (“invasive” is not among the terms permitted in the bylaws), the IFS will concentrate for now on developing the glossary for possible update to bylaws
[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.]
9. Other business
10. Membership issues
The 2008 Ottawa meeting may provide an opportunity to recruit Canadian members, in association with a symposium.
The AFS Governing Board discussed several actions that may help sections with recruitment and participation. Financial support will be offered on a need basis for section presidents to attend midterm meetings of the Board. For annual meetings of AFS, Section agenda may be posted on the web with other program information. Symposia proposals may be referred to relevant sections for input. G. White added that posters may be displayed in clusters near relevant section tables. An Electronic Services Committee will provide opportunity at each annual AFS conference to advise on member needs, e.g., real-time updates on section members, in order that they can be served.
11. Change in officers
As past chair, M. Dochoda will chair a nominating committee, which will propose candidates for new IFS President Elect (to succeed D. Chapman) and Treasurer (currently K. Irons). Those interested in serving on the committee or running for office should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
M. Dochoda relinquished chair to incoming President, D. Chapman, who presented her with a plaque recognizing her service.
12. Next meeting
D. Chapman will work with B. Cudmore (DFO) to organize a conference call to be held shortly, to discuss plans for symposia at the 2008 meeting in Ottawa, items not finalized at San Francisco meeting, any new business.
The IFS will meet at the 2008 AFS meeting in Ottawa.