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					                              52nd Annual Meeting
                                     of the
                             North Central Division




                 69th Annual Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference
                                Hyatt Regency
                                Columbus, Ohio

                            Governing Board Meeting
                               December 14, 2008
                         9:00 a.m. - noon, Marion Room

                               Business Meeting
                              December 15, 2008
                       5:15-6:45 p.m., Delaware Room C


Past President                                           Joe Hennessy (WI)
President                                                Jessica Mistak (MI)
President-Elect                                          Mark Porath (NE)
Secretary-Treasurer                                      Randy Schultz (IA)
Table of Contents
NCD Governing Board Meeting

Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio

   1. Call to Order and Welcome (Determine a Quorum)- Jessica Mistak on behalf of Joe
      Hennessy
   2. Declaration of Proxies- Jessica Mistak
   3. Introduction- All
   4. 2007 Governing Board Minutes- Randy Schultz .................................................... 1
   5. 2007 Business Meeting Minutes- Randy Schultz ................................................... 5
   6. Treasurer Report- Randy Schultz............................................................................9
   7. Summary of Old Business- Jessica Mistak ............................................................. 10
   8. Proposed 2008-09 Plan of Work and New Business- Jessica Mistak ..................... 11
   9. Proposed 2008-09 Budget- Jessica Mistak ............................................................. 14

   10. Chapter Reports
          a. Dakota- Randy Hiltner ................................................................................ 16
          b. Illinois- Ann Holtrop................................................................................... 17
          c. Indiana- Dave Kittaka ................................................................................. 18
          d. Iowa- Alan Johnson
          e. Kansas- Craig Paukert................................................................................. 21
          f. Michigan- Carl Ruetz .................................................................................. 22
          g. Minnesota- David Fulton
          h. Missouri- Mike Kruse
          i. Nebraska- Mark Pegg ................................................................................. 24
          j. Ohio- Rich Carter ........................................................................................ 25
          k. Ontario- Jon Clayton ................................................................................... 26
          l. Wisconsin- John Kubisiak ..........................................................................27
          m. Mid-Canada (Alberta, Manitoba, NW Territories, Saskatchewan)

   11. Student Sub-Unit Reports
          a. Iowa State- Travis Neebling .......................................................................30
          b. Northland College- Katie Renschen ........................................................... 31
          c. Ontario- Caleb Hasler ................................................................................. 32
          d. South Dakota State University- Andy Jansen .............................................32
          e. University of Minnesota- Ryan Foley......................................................... 33
          f. University of Nebraska-Lincoln- Dan Kolterman ......................................33
          g. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point- Hilary Meyer .............................. 34

   12. Standing Committee Reports
          a. Archives- Mark Flammang
          b. Auditing- Needs to be appointed
          c. Awards- Mark Porath .................................................................................. 36
          d. Communications- Andy Fowler and Keith Hurley .....................................37
          e. Continuing Education- Angie Grier ............................................................ 37



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          f.   Membership- Doug Workman ....................................................................38
          g.   Newsletter- Tom Slawski
          h.   Nominating- Mike Staggs ...........................................................................39
          i.   Resolutions- David Lonzarich
          j.   Student Affairs- Casey Schoenebeck .......................................................... 39

13. Technical Committee Reports
       a. Centrarchid- John Nelson ...........................................................................41
       b. Esocid- Edward Braun ................................................................................ 41
       c. Genetics & Biodiversity
       d. Ictalurid- Mark Porath................................................................................. 42
       e. Rivers and Streams- Lucas Borgstrom ....................................................... 43
       f. Salmonid- Mark Ebbers
       g. Walleye- Donna Hanen Muhm ...................................................................44
       h. Fish Culture (inactive)
       i. Great Lakes (inactive)
       j. Reservoir (inactive)

14. Special Committee Reports
       a. Fenske Award- Jessica Mistak ....................................................................46




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2007 GOVERNING BOARD AND
BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
Governing Board Minutes
The Executive Committee (excom) of the North Central Division of the American Fisheries
society (NCD-AFS) was called to order by Past-president Stu Shipman at 9:40 a.m. in the
Wisconsin Room, Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin on December 9, 2007. Past-president
Shipman welcomed membership to the meeting and acknowledged attendance of AFS Executive
Director Gus Rassam and AFS President Mary Fabrizio. Afterward, Past-president Shipman
asked for a Secretary’s report. Secretary/treasurer Randy Schultz stated minutes from the 50th
NCD Governing Board and Business Meetings had been posted in the spring 2007 Mainstream
newsletter. Secretary/treasurer Schultz stated that no additions or corrections to the minutes had
been received from membership. Past-president Shipman asked for a motion to approve the
minutes from the past meetings. President-elect Jessica Mistak so motioned and Angie Grier
seconded. The motion carried. Next, Past-president Shipman asked for a treasurer’s report. The
report was displayed and discussed by Secretary/treasurer Schultz. Some discussion was
initiated by Past-president Shipman concerning travel expenses for executive committee
members to attend the AFS Governing Board meetings. Patrick Hanchin asked for some
clarification as to the status of the Salmonid Technical Committee, in light of the fact that funds
had not been used by this committee for any purposes in many years. President Hennessey
stated that Mark Ebbers, Salmonid Technical Committee Chair, had contacted the NCD
executive committee about a Salmonid Symposium in the planning stage. President Hennessy
continued that historically the Salmonid Technical Committee had a large number of participants
from the Great Lakes region, but their membership has drifted away, and focus has shifted to
inland salmonid fisheries. Past-president Shipman noted that the NCD’s AFS dues rebate was
lower than had been anticipated. On the other hand, travel expenses and Duffy Award
participation was lower than expected, so debits were not as high as expected. Dues rebates were
lower than expected due to the increased number of Young Professional and Student
memberships. These two categories garner fewer rebates to the NCD, as opposed to Regular
memberships. AFS Executive Director Rassam noted that Student memberships in the AFS had
increased by approximately 15%. Past-president Shipman asked for a motion to approve the
treasurer’s report as submitted, which was provided by President-elect Mistak and seconded by
Angie Grier. The motion carried.

Past-president Shipman began a discussion of old business. Past-president Shipman
acknowledged some items related to NCD bylaws were still being worked on. Past-president
Shipman stated he still has interest in including Canada Chapters more extensively than they
have been in the past, also acknowledging that the Ontario Chapter is hosting the annual AFS
meeting in 2008. Past-president Shipman noted that the Mid-Canada Chapter participation in the
NCD has fallen-off in recent years, and more inclusion is needed. Past-president Shipman
moved on to the National Fish Habitat Initiative, and Past-president Shipman noted that the
Initiative wants the NCD to take a more active role. Past-president Shipman noted that student



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initiatives have increased and the NCD has stayed engrossed in student issues, and that the NCD
needs to maintain its focus on students. Past-president Shipman stated that a resolution from the
Kansas Chapter concerning reduced dues had been taken to the AFS Governing Board. The
Kansas Chapter had proposed that national members be allowed a similar dues structure as that
allowed for international members. Kansas Chapter President Dan Mosier provided some
clarification on the background of the Kansas Chapter’s resolution. Executive Director Rassam
noted that it is more expensive to mail AFS products internationally. Hence, the reason
international members can receive Fisheries at a reduced cost. Advertisers are very concerned
about the number of advertising viewers, but they cannot accurately gauge the number of online
viewers of their advertising. Past-president Shipman continued with his discussion of old
business, by bringing up discussion of the new AFS open access marine journal in progress.
AFS President Fabrizio stated that publication date should be late 2008. President Fabrizio
continued that this journal is an experiment of a new format, a fisheries forum. This will be a
peer-reviewed, refereed essay. This format may transfer to other journals. At this point,
President Hennessy asked Executive Director Rassam and President Fabrizio to address the
group. President Fabrizio began by discussing the make-up of the Governing Board. The
Governing Board is comprised of 35-40 people. A smaller group, the management committee, is
composed of officers and executive committee members. President Fabrizio has initiated some
changes to the Governing Board. The agenda is now posted to get as many officers and
executive committee members to participate as possible. The officers/excom has a conference
call monthly, as well as the officers. President Fabrizio acknowledged uncertainty in agencies
funding travel to Governing Board meetings. Therefore, President Fabrizio initiated a new travel
fund ($20,000) which will provide grant money to executive committee members so they may
attend Governing Board meetings. A committee led by Past president Shipman will develop
criteria and screen applications for this money. President Fabrizio continued with a discussion of
strategic planning. A membership survey will be conducted this year prior to the business
meeting, and the results will be used for strategic planning. How do we want AFS to be
perceived? What outcomes are we after? President Fabrizio is concerned about young
professionals’ participation and engagement with AFS. We need to figure ways to reach out to
them and issues they are concerned about. Finally, President Fabrizio is revamping leadership
workshops for unit leaders.

Executive Director Rassam provided further discussion on the travel fund for excom members.
Typically, AFS has invested funds above one year’s operating expenses into new initiatives.
With this new fund AFS is investing into its members instead of just getting interest. Director
Rassam also provided more discussion on the new marine journal. Finally, Director Rassam
discussed a new initiative to translate and make available scientific information to the public and
decision makers. We want to be more proactive. We will select from our journals items of
interest to the public. Article ideas will be given to professional writers to discern and make
available in printed and electronic form. Director Rassam encouraged the members to pick
articles from AFS journals and let Bethesda know the most pertinent article topics.

President Hennessy asked for further discussion on last year’s old business. Hearing none,
President Hennessy moved on to his Plan of Work. President Hennessy’s vision for the
upcoming year is to provide a means for communication from Chapters and Tech Committees to
the excom. President Hennessy plans regular updates on what other groups are doing. President



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Hennessy began by discussing the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference (MWFWC) and
participation by the NCD. Discussion ensued on how the AFS has not traditionally sponsored
the MWFWC, and, therefore has never made any income off the meeting. Currently, NCD
income is tied to interest bearing accounts and dues rebates from the Parent Society. This
especially hurts excom travel, and does not allow the NCD to provide more support to Chapters
and Tech Committees. President Hennessy did acknowledge, however, that the NCD is a
sponsor of this year’s MWFWC because of the web support services NCD provided. This was
accomplished without monetary investment by the NCD. President elect Mistak asked for more
clarification on what President Hennessy meant by support. President Hennessy spoke primarily
of financial support. If the NCD could provide more support, it could gain some income,
acknowledging that income is tied to risk. Mark Porath detailed that there is a potential for some
states in the planning process of the MWFWC to have severe restrictions placed upon them as
the meeting actually came into being. A guidance manual for host states could be beneficial,
although each host state has its own set of challenges. President elect Mistak pointed-out that
NCD staff may find it hard to be more active in planning MWFWC’s when they are already very
busy. President elect Mistak acknowledged that some continuity between last year’s staff and
the new host staff could be beneficial. President Hennessy suggested a person from the NCD be
a fisheries liaison, allowing coordination of activities from meeting to meeting. Involvement by
other NCD members could also be helpful. Kansas President Mosier mentioned that this could
be a mechanism for sates such as Kansas, who have not hosted a MWFWC recently to become
more involved. Past president Shipman stated there is a huge value in the NCD playing a role as
mentors for future MWFWC’s without being intrusive. President Hennessy proceeded to detail
his vision of how the NCD could become more involved in MWFWC’s. A standing position
would be appointed, which would be a regular MWFWC attendee. This person would attend
each year’s Time and Place Planning Committee. They would be a clearing-house for people
who can help with planning MWFWC’s. This might allow the NCD to take the risk of having a
MWFWC in Kansas or the Dakotas. Much discussion ensued on organization, signing of
contracts, and other NCD protocols to establish meetings, plus Technical Committee funding.
Director Rassam mentioned some risk is involved with not meeting the number of attendees
planned upon. Director Rassam reminded members that the AFS has available the services of a
professional convention and hotel negotiator for use. President Hennessy asked for a motion to
bring the position of liaison who would be a NCD representative for use by host agencies to a
vote by the full membership. President elect Mistak so motioned, seconded by Past president
Shipman. Further discussion was initiated by Keith Hurley, who was concerned that it may be
very difficult to find a person willing/able to take on such a position on a long-term basis. Past
president Shipman agreed that the position needed to be outlined exactly as to what role they
would play, but thought the position would not be difficult to fill. Angie Grier suggested that
perhaps this role could be best filled by a committee. President Hennessy suggested that perhaps
it would be best to sit down and define the roles of the position prior to bringing the idea to a
vote from the full membership. As a point of discussion, President Fabrizio mentioned there is
no need to ask the membership to vote on the establishment of a committee. President Hennessy
amended his motion to redefine the liaison position, which would be conducted by the excom.
This would be an ad hoc committee charged with defining the NCD’s participation with the
MWFWC and create a liaison position to work between the NCD and MWFWC’s. Keith Hurley
so moved. Angie Grier seconded, and the motion carried.




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Discussion returned to continuing education, with Angie Grier suggesting that if there was a
continuing education account money could be placed there as seed money. She proposed that
creation of this account could offset the cost for students to attend continuing education courses,
plus offset the cost for more professionals to do the same. President Hennessy noted that the
planning committee for this year’s MWFWC made general requests for workshops. Again, this
is a place where the NCD and the continuing education committee were not able to participate
effectively. President Hennessy also noted that these continuing education courses are generally
run at cost, subsidizing support for members, and a reason to belong to AFS. President
Hennessy suggested moving some money from the NCD money market into a continuing
education account. Executive Director Rassam added that providing seed money is a good idea,
but a stipulation should be placed on workshops. For instance the stipulation might be that the
goal of continuing workshops is to break even.

Casey Schoenebeck discussed opportunities for students. A brochure has been developed for the
web. Hopefully this will encourage more Duffy Award nominees. Most of the brochures will be
emailed but a limited printing will be used to target schools without fish or wildlife programs.
Approximately $200 was spent on the printing. President Fabrizio asked for some clarification
on the Duffy Award. She thought that perhaps this could be an NCD award whereby the NCD
would ask Chapters to contribute $100 then the Division goes through the applications and
selects students, with the goal being to try to pick one student from each Chapter. Kansas
President Mosier stated he would want a guarantee that a Kansas student would be selected
under this scenario. Discussion subsequently moved to discerning why there are not more
applicants for the Duffy Award. Casey Schoenebeck wondered if it simply lacked the prestige of
an award such as the Skinnner Award, primarily because the Duffy Award is not being promoted
as heavily as it might be. Mark Porath suggested the monetary portion of the Duffy Award is
insufficient to draw interest by students. Past president Shipman stated an ongoing goal is to
have Chapters update their bylaws to include the Duffy and Fenske Awards. Casey Schoenebeck
suggested the excom should encourage Chapters to revisit these awards, making sure they are
known and are available. President elect Mistak asked whether we should encourage increasing
the amount of the Duffy Award. President Hennessy suggested for the current year we maintain
the award as is. Revamping of the Duffy Award will fall to President elect Mistak’s Plan of
Work. Hearing no further discussion President Hennessy asked for a motion to approve his
budget. Past president Shipman so moved, seconded by Patrick Hanchin, and the motion carried.

Discussion then moved to clarification on what the bylaws state about exceeding the budget for
travel. Past president Shipman stated the bylaws do not cover this topic, but the excom can
spend up to $500 for items before needing approval from the membership. President Fabrizio
encouraged the excom to make the membership fully aware of the AFS grant money for mid-
year Governing Board travel.

President Hennessy asked for further discussion or amendments on any of his Plan of Work
objectives. Seeing none President Hennessy asked for a motion to present the objectives to the
membership as proposed. The motion carried.

President Hennessy moved on to new business. President Hennessy stated we need a new
webmaster, and an Audit Committee Chair. Discussion on Technical Committees ensued. The



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Walleye Technical Committee provided $100 for a travel award to the MWFWC. The
committee is also moving forward on the re-write of the Walleye Synopsis, to be published as an
AFS book. Steve Pescitelli reported that the Rivers and Streams Symposium at last year’s
MWFWC was a big success. President elect Mistak reported that 24 students would be attending
the Fenske Award Breakfast, and two scholarships were given.

President Hennessy began a discussion of the NCD listserve. A committee within AFS is being
developed to assist with listserves. Past president Shipman stated there are currently database
management issues. Doug Workman is currently working with AFS to solve the problems.
Executive Director Rassam stated this issue is likely a staff mistake. He suggested that when
asking for a listserve to ask for both current and last year’s members. Some people may not have
renewed at the time the listserve is issued. Mark Porath related that Nebraska had an error rate
of 40% for email addresses when Nebraska was contacting people for last year’s MWFWC.

Hearing no more discussion, President Hennessy asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting,
motioned by Dan Mosier and seconded by Angie Grier. The motion carried and the meeting was
adjourned at 12:10 p.m.

Business Meeting Minutes
Past-president Stu Shipman called the 51st annual meeting of the North Central Division of the
American Fisheries Society (NCD-AFS) Business Meeting to order at 5:28 p.m. in Room E,
Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin on December 10, 2007. Past-president Shipman
welcomed membership to the meeting. Afterward, Past-president Shipman acknowledged AFS
Executive Director Gus Rassam and AFS President Mary Fabrizio and thanked them for taking
the time to attend the 68th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Past-president Shipman also
acknowledged the many NCD past presidents in attendance. Past-president Shipman next turned
the program over to NCD President Joe Hennessy. President Hennessy began by asking
Executive Director Rassam and AFS President Fabrizio to address members in attendance.

President Fabrizio discussed her Plan of Work for the upcoming year. President Fabrizio began
by discussing her preparation for a new strategic plan. A major goal will be to conduct a
membership survey for feedback on how AFS can operate better and ascertain information on
activities AFS should be involved with. Cornell University will be implementing the survey
electronically. President Fabrizio encouraged members to complete and return the survey.
President Fabrizio continued with relating to membership that the AFS budget is in good shape,
which has allowed new initiatives to be enacted. To encourage participation of AFS leadership
at governing board mid year and annual meetings, AFS will be setting aside grant money for
governing board members to attend governing board meetings. President Fabrizio related that it
is sometimes difficult for officers to attend these meetings due to funding from their agencies.
Past-president Shipman has been tasked to chair a committee developing criteria and an
application process for this grant money. President Fabrizio relayed that NCD President
Hennessy asked her to comment on the role of divisions in the AFS. President Fabrizio replied
that she is reconsidering how the governing board should function. The AFS needs to be
relevant to upcoming professionals, and President Fabrizio will task the governing board
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Executive Director Rassam followed by thanking the NCD for the invitation to attend t he
NCD’s annual meeting. Executive Director Rassam touched on the financial stability of the AFS
which has allowed AFS to develop new initiates. The AFS funding process designates a certain
amount of surplus funds above one year’s operational reserves, which will still be retained, but
the new initiatives will come from surplus funds in excess of one year’s operational budget.
Executive Director Rassam reminded members that AFS Past-president Kohler encouraged units
to discern new initiatives that the units would like AFS to develop. At the governing board
retreat in Lake Placid ideas were further refined and prioritized. At the Atlanta mid year
governing board retreat some further refining and prioritizing of the initiatives continued, and it
was decided that the governing board would maintain a list of ideas and continue to prioritize
them. Executive Director Rassam continued with a discussion of the new initiatives that have
been undertaken. Firstly, a marine and coastal journal that will be open access and online is
close to being finalized. The first issue of this journal will occur before the 2008 AFS annual
meeting. Executive Director Rassam described this as an exciting venture for two reasons: 1)
the journal will be exclusively on-line, and 2) the journal is open access. Additionally, a
fisheries forum is being developed, whereby opinion pieces will be peer reviewed and
moderated. This will bring some public opinion items into AFS publishing which the Society
has never catered to. This forum will be able to accept any electronic media and will be a model
for other AFS journals in the future. Another initiative will be to translate published articles into
language accessible to public. This has been an ongoing request by units/members. Finally,
Executive Director Rassam informed membership that AFS is contemplating the sale of its
headquarters. AFS headquarters will be moving within a year most likely, although the specific
location is not known yet.

President Hennessy expressed appreciation for Executive Director Rassam and AFS President
Fabrizio traveling to and attending the NCD annual meeting. President Hennessy turned the
meeting over to Vice President Jessica Mistak who presented Past-president Shipman with a
certificate of appreciation for service to the NCD. Secretary/treasurer Randy Schultz relayed that
minutes from the 2007 NCD business meeting conducted at the 67th Midwest Fish and Wildlife
Conference had been published in the spring NCD newsletter, Mainstream, and no corrections or
additions had been received from the membership. President Hennessy asked for a motion to
approve minutes. Angie Grier so motioned and Stuart Shipman provided a second. The motion
carried. Secretary/treasurer Schultz continued with a discussion of the treasurer’s report.
Afterward Secretary/treasurer asked for a motion to accept the treasurer’s report as presented.
Past-president Shipman motioned and David Willis seconded. The motion carried.

President Hennessy began with a discussion of his Plan of Work. President Hennessy informed
members that he would be carrying on Past-president Shipman’s plan of work, but he is planning
on focusing on clarifying the Divisions role in relation to chapters and technical committees.
President Hennessy plans regular correspondence with chapter and technical committee
presidents to facilitate communication among chapters. Secondly, President Hennessy will focus
his plan of work on continuing education. President Hennessy noted a number of good fish
related workshops being conducted at this meeting. However, President Hennessy noted there
can be disconnect between continuing education organizers and the NCD. President Hennessy
acknowledged Angie Grier as the Division’s continuing education chair and noted she will be
working with OH & IL planners for upcoming NCD meetings to allow the NCD to draw from



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chapters that have put on great workshops. Thirdly, President Hennessy will redefine and
expand the Division’s role in participating in the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Better
coordination between the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference and the Division can provide a
form of continuity for the NCD’s activities, especially in regards to award coordination and
judging student papers. President Hennessy proposed an ad hoc committee to develop and
define the idea of a liaison to allow continuity between organizers of upcoming and past
Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conferences. President Hennessy related he envisioned each year’s
planning committee using the liaison’s assistance only to offer advice but not to take over
planning. President Hennessy concluded his discussion of his plan of work, and asked for a
motion to approve such. Angie Grier such moved, and Past-president Shipman seconded. The
motion passed.

President Hennessy moved to discussion of his proposed budget. President Hennessy discussed
the fact that we received less dues rebates last year because of increased Division membership in
the Young Professional and Student categories. These membership levels do not earn as great a
rebate for the NCD as is received with regular membership. President Hennessy noted that the
NCD received more interest income during 2006-2007 due to large account balances in the
technical committee accounts. President Hennessy noted the NCD is looking for a new
webmaster and encouraged membership to either express interest or encourage someone they
know. The NCD can provide assistance with training technical committee members on how to
upgrade their own information via the web. Additionally, the NCD needs a new chair for the
Audit Committee.

President Hennessy initiated discussion of the Student Affair Committee’s pamphlet detailing
resources/awards available to students. President Hennessy stated that Casey Schoenebeck,
Student Affair Committee Chair, will be distributing a small printing but otherwise the pamphlet
will be distributed electronically. Discussion led to President Hennessy detailing that the NCD
will be providing money for best student papers and posters, which is stated in his budget.
President Hennessy stated he will attempt to obtain grant money to provide support for executive
officer travel to Governing Board meetings to limit the travel expenditures paid by the NCD.

President Hennessy returned to other items in the budget. President Hennessy acknowledged
that travel is the largest item in the budget. President Hennessy then acknowledged the budget as
proposed is not a zero-sum budget due to expense of travel to Ottawa. President Hennessy
reiterated that officers try to gain money from agencies for travel, but the Governing Board
meeting does not apply directly to work supported by agencies, so it is seldom covered.
President Hennessy will be working for grants for travel. This led to some discussion
acknowledging the NCD’s only income is due to interest from bank accounts and dues rebates.
Therefore, President Hennessy will look into broadening our revenue sources. President
Hennessy acknowledged our contributions to groups and awards should be continued instead of
removing money from these worthwhile endeavors just to reach a zero sum budget. It was
acknowledged that a non-zero sum budget does not negatively impact long term finances, but
cannot be sustained forever.

Discussion by President Hennessy moved to continuing education. President Hennessy proposed
dedicating $2,500 to continuing education to organize workshops with the intention that money



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would be seed money and returned instead of a line item in the budget every year. The status of
this continuing education funding would be housed similarly to technical committee funds and it
would operate on a zero sum annually.
President Hennessy motioned for approval of his budget as presented. Mark Porath motioned
and Joe Morris seconded the motion. Discussion ensued by Mike Duvall for clarification on the
line item ―other initiatives‖. President Hennessy said in last year’s budget this item was used for
continuing education. Past president Shipman noted that items less than $500 can be approved
by the Executive Committee. Mike Brown asked about the sum of $2,500, and asked if that had
any basis for past continuing education costs. President Hennessy stated no, and Past president
Shipman stated that the idea is for the Continuing Education Chair to know there is start-up
money for continuing education, and we will have to have a minimum number of attendees to
ensure that the amount borrowed is returned. Past president Shipman admitted that the money
available is always a challenge to host continuing education. Angie Grier stated one workshop
this year was profitable because the person hosting it did not want money returned. President
Hennessy acknowledged the Centrarchid and Rivers and Streams Technical Committees asked
for money for continuing education, which the executive committee did not anticipate. Ed Peters
noted that money could be used to augment ideas from technical committees to sponsor
workshops. President Hennessy agreed and asked for more discussion. Some discussion from
the floor about increasing the Duffy Award amount noted that might encourage more students to
apply. President Hennessy said he will contact Chapter Presidents early 2008 to discuss such.
President Hennessy wants to ensure an attendee or an alternate is chosen from each Chapter in
the NCD. President Hennessy will also ask Chapter Presidents why there are not more
applicants from the Chapters. Plus, President Hennessy will ask Chapters if they could increase
their dollar match. President Hennessy mentioned some discussion is ongoing about an
endowment for the Duffy Award. President Hennessy asked whether there were other
comments/discussion of the budget as proposed. President elect Jessica Mistak acknowledged
both the Duffy and Fenske awardees. Additionally Past President Shipman acknowledged Mark
Porath as NCD first Vice-president. President Hennessy asked whether technical committee or
chapters had any business they would like to voice. Hearing none President Hennessy asked for
a motion to adjourn. The motion was submitted by Past president Shipman and seconded by
Angie Grier. The motion was carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.




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TREASURER REPORT
Financial Statement – December 30, 2007 through December 1, 2008

The North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society has $91,835.56 on hand as of
October 30, 2008. This amount is divided between two accounts as follows.
      Money Market (2.8% interest)                                $82,208.47
      Checking                                                    $ 9,627.09

The North Central Division’s share of all accounts is $34,596.80.
      Major income items during the period were:
             AFS dues rebate                                      $ 7,470.80
             Money market interest                                $ 2,208.47

       Major expense items during the period were:
              Equal Opportunities Section, AFS                   $ 500.00
              Hutton Program                                     $ 3,000.00
              Joan Duffy Student Travel Award (MWFWC)            $ 200.00
              Travel                                             $ 2,442.23
              Plaques                                            $ 125.00
              Servergrid (website)                               $ 134.55

       Fenske Award                                              $ 6,123.19


The Technical Committee’s share of the Money Market Account is $57,238.76.
      Account balance after income, money market disbursements and expenses.
      Centrarchid                                              $ 727.64
      Esocid                                                   $ 2,110.00
      Ictalurid                                                $18,707.83
      Rivers & Steams                                          $ 2,109.62
      Salmonid                                                 $ 8,161.26
      Walleye                                                  $25,422.41


Prepared by:
Randall Schultz
Secretary/Treasurer NCD
Iowa DNR
24570 U. S. Hwy. 34
Chariton, IA 50049
Randy.Schultz@dnr.iowa.gov




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SUMMARY OF OLD BUSINESS
      Midwest liaison – At last year’s Governing Board meeting, the excom was
       charged with defining the NCD’s participation with the Midwest Fish and
       Wildlife Conference and with creating a liaison position to work between the
       NCD and Conference Steering Committee




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PROPOSED 2008-09 PLAN OF WORK
                                Jessica Mistak, President
                              Mark Porath, President Elect
                            Randy Schultz, Secretary-Treasurer

         Presented to the membership at the Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference
                                  December 15, 2008

            Focus Areas: Aquatic Stewardship (AS), Information Transfer and
                      Outreach (ITO), and Member Services (MS)

Aquatic Stewardship-
  1) The NCD will be active in providing science-based information to assist policy makers
      and other publics in developing sound natural resource policies. NCD members are
      regionally and nationally recognized as important sources of science-based information.
      The NCD also will support the implementation of the National Fish Habitat Initiative
      (NFHI) and continued development of the North American Fisheries Action Plan. (Goal
      AS 1, Local and Global Leadership: Strategy AS 1.5, Targets 1.5a – 1.5b; Goal MS 2,
      Science-based Information: Strategy MS 2.1, Target MS 2.1b & c; Strategy MS 2.4,
      Target 2.4b)

   2) The NCD will support programs and activities produced by Division units to educate
      various publics on aquatic resource issues. The NCD also will disseminate and support
      use of FCF-derived materials to facilitate information transfer to general audiences. The
      NCD will promote conferences and symposia that focus on sustainability and sound
      stewardship. (Goal AS 2, Stewardship Education: Strategy AS 2.1, Target 2.1b; AS 2.3,
      Target 2.3a; Strategy AS 2.10, Targets 2.10 a & b)

   3) The NCD will promote the use of sound science in the stewardship and conservation of
      aquatic ecosystems. The NCD will increase the number of aquatic stewardship activities
      of the Division by partnering, as appropriate, with other organizations with special focus
      on NFHI efforts. The NCD will actively support member/unit applications for
      grants/contracts that will result in resources to be used in aquatic stewardship policy and
      management decisions. (Goal AS 3, Promotion of Stewardship: Strategy AS 3.1, Target
      AS 3.1.1; Strategy AS 3.3, Target AS 3.3.a)

Information Transfer and Outreach
   4) The NCD will participate, as appropriate, with other scientific organizations to produce
      joint meetings and other collaborations. The NCD will participate in the Midwest Fish &
      Wildlife Conference to be held December 14-17, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. During the
      conference, we will collaborate with The Wildlife Society in supporting the Fenske
      Memorial Award for Outstanding Students. The NCD will also identify a liaison to the
      Midwest Steering Committee in an effort to ensure continuity in annual conference


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       planning, increase our visibility at the conference and streamline our involvement with
       conference activities such as Fenske Award breakfast and continuing education courses.
       (Goal ITO 2, Collaboration: Strategy ITO 2.1, Target ITO 2.1a; Goal MS 2, Science-
       based Information: Strategy MS 2.1, Target MS 2.1b & c; Strategy MS 2.4, Target 2.4b)

   5) The NCD will promote activities that focus on professional standards and foster
      recognition of fisheries professionals. (Goal ITO 3, Professional Stature: Strategy ITO
      3.5, Target ITO 3.5a)

   6) The NCD will continue to expand and improve the content of our new web site and
      enhance our information network. The NCD will publish Mainstream electronically
      twice a year and notify members electronically, through a newly developed listserve
      process. The NCD will encourage Chapters to keep their web sites and other information
      resources up-to-date and will work with AFS leadership to improve member services,
      particularly web services. (Goal ITO 4, Information Network: Strategy ITO 4.2, Target
      ITO 4.2a; Goal MS 3, Online and Web Services: Strategy MS 3.1, Target 3.1d; Strategy
      3.3, Target 3.3 a & b)


Member Services
  7) The NCD will provide quality continuing education experiences to Division members by
     offering professional courses taught by qualified individuals or groups, either at the
     Division level or by supporting Chapter and Technical Committee efforts. Specifically
     NCD will look to sponsor workshops at the 2008 Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference,
     look to enhance distance learning opportunities, and post unit CE activities on the NCD
     website. (Goal MS 1, Professional Development and Recognition: Strategy MS 1.1,
     Target MS 1.1a-c & f)

   8) The NCD will provide awards that recognize individuals, groups, and Chapters who have
      provided distinguished service in the stewardship of aquatic resources in their geographic
      regions. All awards should have local and regional press packages to further promote
      AFS to the public. (Goal MS 1, Professional Development and Recognition: Strategy MS
      1.5, Target MS 1.5a &b; Goal ITO 3, Professional Stature: Strategy ITO 3.5, Target ITO
      3.5a)

   9) The NCD will actively recruit new members and focus attention to the recruitment of
      under-represented groups especially via student subunits. The NCD will continue to
      support the Hutton Junior Fisheries Program’s effort to recruit under-represented groups
      to the fisheries profession. All units are encouraged to reach out to under-represented
      groups and encourage greater participation and leadership development and to track and
      report those efforts. (Goal MS 4, Diversity: Strategy MS 4.1, Target 4.1a)

   10) The NCD will continue to support student travel to the Midwest Fish & Wildlife
       Conference with matching Duffy Award travel grants to each Chapter and improve this
       process as warranted. The NCD will improve communication with Student Subunits and
       present an Outstanding Student Subunit Award. The NCD will support student



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    colloquium initiatives. (Goal MS 1, Professional Development and Recognition: Strategy
    MS 1.7, Target MS 1.7a & b)

 11) The NCD will encourage all units to develop strategic plans and annual work plans that
     follow the general themes developed in the AFS Strategic Plan. The Division further
     encourages all newly elected unit officers to review these planning documents to help
     them better understand their role. Finally, all units are expected to report results of these
     planning efforts in support of the next round of AFS strategic planning via NCD reports.
     (Goal MS5, Strategic Plan Implementation: Strategy MS 5.3, Target MS 5.3b)

 12) The NCD will update the procedure manual and bylaws as needed to reflect changes
     including support of the Fenske Memorial Award for Outstanding Students and updates
     to the Duffy Award. The NCD will also encourage all units to update their bylaws as
     needed. (Goal MS5, Strategic Plan Implementation: Strategy MS 5.4 )




NEW BUSINESS
        1.   Midwest liaison
        2.   Update Duffy Award (e.g., match amount, endowment)
        3.   Update bylaws to reflect Duffy and Fenske awards
        4.   Committee appointment- Auditing
        5.   NCD representation at Chapter meetings




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PROPOSED 2008-09 BUDGET
                                            December     December
                             Description      2008         2007

NCD CURRENT
BALANCE: The North
Central Division of the   Checking           $9,627.09    $1,643.60
American Fisheries        Money Market
Society has $91,835.56    (2.8% interest)   $82,208.47   $48,979.16
on hand as of             12-month CD            $0.00   $11,010.83
December 1, 2008.         24-month CD            $0.00   $16,477.31
                          TOTAL             $91,835.56   $78,110.90




                          Centrarchid         $727.64      $886.42
TECHNICAL                 Esocid             $2,110.00     $678.71
COMMITTEE                 Ictalurid         $18,707.83   $11,506.09
BALANCE: The              Rivers & Steams    $2,109.62    $1,788.93
Technical Committee’s
                          Salmonid           $8,161.26    $7,945.78
share of the Money
Market Account is         Walleye           $25,422.41   $17,753.07
$57,238.76.               Continuing Ed          $0.00    $2,500.00
                          TOTAL             $57,238.76   $43,059.00

                          Fenske Award       $6,123.19




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                                                        2008-09     2007-08     2006-07
                                                       Proposed      Actual      Actual
                                    Description         Budget      Budget      Budget



                                AFS dues rebate         $7,500.00   $7,470.80   $7,760.00
INCOME: The North Central
                                Checking interest           $0.00       $0.00   $2,050.00
Division’s share of all
accounts is $34,596.80.         Money market
Major income items during       interest                $2,500.00   $2,208.47   $1,082.77
the period were:                CD interest                 $0.00       $0.00   $1,190.85
                                Catfish 2000
                                Proceeds                 $300.00    $393.96    $258.00
                                TOTAL                  $10,300.00 $10,073.23 $12,341.62

                                Equal Opportunities
                                Section, AFS             $500.00     $500.00     $500.00
                                Hutton Program          $3,000.00   $3,000.00   $3,000.00

                                Joan Duffy Student
                                Travel Award             $900.00     $600.00     $500.00
                                Travel (Mid-Year
                                Governing Board in
                                D.C. , AFS in TN,
                                Chapter Meetings)       $5,000.00   $2,442.23   $2,660.00
                                Plaques                  $125.00     $125.00     $125.00
                                Servergrid (website)     $134.55     $134.55     $135.00
EXPENSE: Major expense          Clemens-Rigler              $0.00       $0.00    $500.00
items during the period were:   Student Affairs
                                Initiative                 $0.00       $0.00       $0.00
                                Other Initiatives
                                (e.g., CE)                 $0.00       $0.00     $500.00
                                Midwest Fish and
                                Wildlife Conference        $0.00     $500.00       $0.00
                                Midwest Best
                                Student Paper and
                                Poster Awards            $300.00     $300.00       $0.00
                                AFS Executive
                                Officer Travel to
                                Division Meeting            $0.00       $0.00       $0.00
                                TOTAL                   $9,959.55   $7,601.78   $7,920.00




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CHAPTER REPORTS
Dakota Chapter
TO: Jessica Mistak, President North Central Division
FROM: Randy Hiltner, President Dakota Chapter 

       Chapter Officers
     President: Randy Hiltner
     Past-President: Todd St. Sauver
     President-Elect: Mike Barnes
     Vice President – Scott Gangl
     Secretary-Treasurer: Russell Kinzler
     Webmaster: Mike Brown

    I. Action
          a. Action requested:                      None
          b. Recommended Motion:                    None
          c. Minority View:                         None
          d. Background for Motion:                 None
          e. Cost:                                  None

  II. Outcomes or Accomplishments
    2008 Dakota Chapter Annual Meeting. The Dakota Chapter held its 44th annual meeting
     jointly with the Iowa Chapter in late February 2008 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The joint
     meeting provided a diverse array of presentations and accomplished its primary objective,
     facilitating information transfer among fisheries professionals. The 2009 Dakota Chapter
     annual meeting will be held in Bismarck in February.

     Continuing Education. There was no workshop in 2008. However, plans are coming
     together to have a Fish Disease Workshop at the annual meeting in February, 2009.

   Professional Development and Recognition

    Schmulbach Memorial Scholarship Fund
    This scholarship is awarded in memory of Dr. James C. Schmulbach, a retired professor at
    the University of South Dakota and long-time Chapter member. The scholarship fund has a
    base amount of $10,000 and initial plans are to use annual fund earnings to help finance the
    education of fisheries students pursuing a bachelors of Science or Arts degree in a North or
    South Dakota college or university. The 2008 recipient was Ryan Schmaltz; he received a
    $400.00 scholarship.

    Distinguished Professional Service Awards
    Mark Drobish, an Army Corps of Engineer biologist and Ron Koth, a habitat biologist with
    the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks were presented the Distinguished


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   Professional Service Award in 2008, for their dedication to the fisheries resources of the
   Dakotas.
   Student Expense Awards
   Four $100 Sauger Scholarships were awarded to help cover student meeting expenses
   incurred at the Dakota Chapter annual meeting. The 2008 recipients were Bethany Galster,
   Jeffrey Grote, Jonah Dagel and Nathan Kuntz.

   Other Dakota Chapter Annual Meeting Awards
   The Best Professional Paper award was presented to Mike Barnes of the South Dakota Game,
   Fish and Parks for his presentation entitled ―Dietary Supplement for Rainbow Trout.‖ Best
   student paper was by Steve Ranney for his paper entitled ―Model Corrections for
   Largemouth Bass.‖ The Best Student Poster was awarded to Bryan Spindler for poster
   entitled ―Distribution and Habitat Use by Juvenile Pallid Sturgeon in the Fort Randall Reach
   of the Missouri River.‖

Illinois Chapter
TO: Jessica Mistak, President North Central Division
FROM: Ann Marie Holtrop, President Illinois Chapter
DATE: November 14, 2008


Visibility:
    Many members of the Illinois Chapter have been actively involved with outreach
        activities that promote the fisheries profession such as participating in children’s fishing
        clinics, and speaking to special interest/angling groups and sports clubs.
    Eastern Illinois University was added as a student sub-unit, joining Southern Illinois
        University and University of Illinois. All three student sub-units held outreach activities
        to promote awareness of the state’s aquatic resources.
    Recently the Chapter selected a new logo to reflect the changing membership of the
        Society.
    The Chapter plans to formally support the National Fish Habitat Conservation Plan.

Collaboration:
    The Illinois Chapter held its annual meeting in March 2007 at Cliffbreakers Resort in
      Rockford, Illinois.
    The Chapter is currently working with state agencies in planning of the 2009 Midwest
      Fish in Wildlife Conference to be held in Springfield. The Chapter will co-chair the
      conference raffle with the IL Wildlife Society and will play a large role in student events.

Information Network:
    The Chapter continues to revamp and update our website, including the additional of on-
      line payment of dues and meeting registration fees.
    The newsletter continues to be the preferred method for communicating information to
      the Chapter members.



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      The Chapter is in the process of developing a listserv to increase communications
       between the chapter membership and student sub-units.

Public Policy:
    The Illinois Chapter continues to maintain its membership with Illinois Environmental
       Council and work in conjunction with this group on mercury and wetlands issues.
    The Chapter drafted a letter to all public officials in the Apple River Watershed urging
       them to oppose a massive dairy operation that was to be cited on karst near a high quality
       river reach that supports threatened and endangered organisms.
    The Chapter is developing a position letter on the proposed revisions to the federal
       Endangered Species Act rules.

Professional Development and Recognition:
    The Chapter awarded Stephen Warner (EIU) the 2008 Lewis L. Osborne Best Student
       Paper at the annual state meeting.
    The Chapter awarded Brian Metzke the 2008 Best Professional Paper at the annual state
       meeting.
    The Chapter awarded Dawn Sechler (SIUC) the 2008 Best Poster at the annual meeting.
       This was the first time the Chapter awarded a best poster.
    The Chapter initiated a professional travel grant program and awarded Steve Pescitelli a
       travel awarded to the Midwest meeting in Madison.
    The 2007 Joan Duffy Student Travel Award to attend the Midwest Fish and Wildlife
       Meeting was awarded to Nicholas C. Wahl (SIUC).
    The Chapter initiated a student research awards program and will award the first
       recipients this winter.
    In 2008, the Chapter provided Student Travel Grants to the state meeting to: Michael
       Stahl (SIUC), Matthew VanLandeghem (UIUC), and John M. Zeigler (SIUC).
    The 2008 Larry Jahn Student Travel Grant was awarded to Dawn Sechler (SIUC).

Science-Based Information:
     The Chapter hosted a continuing education workshop on mussel identification and
       ecology in August 2007, but was unable to host a workshop on crayfish in Spring 2008
       because of state budget issues.

Strategic Plan Implementation:
    President Holtrop recently completed a Visionary Leadership course offered by the
       Management Assistance Team and is working with the Chapter Executive committee to
       develop vision and mission statements for the Chapter.

Indiana Chapter
TO: Jessica Mistak, North Central Division President
FROM: Angela Grier, Indiana Chapter President
DATE: September 26, 2008

Goal AS 1, Local and Global Leadership: AFS leads outreach and advocacy efforts for sustainable
fisheries and aquatic natural resources from local to global levels.


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   The Chapter hosted a continuing education workshop in September titled
    "FAST", taught by Dr. Mike Maceina from Auburn University.
   The keynote speaker for the Indiana Aquatic Resources Conference in January 2009, in Indianapolis,
    IN is Kelly Hepler, Chair of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.

Goal AS 2, Stewardship Education: AFS develops, improves, and provides programs that educate those
outside the scientific arena on the complex issues surrounding fisheries and aquatic natural resources,
focusing on issues of sustainability and sound stewardship.
   The Chapter is in the final stages of organizing the Indiana Aquatic Resources Conference for January
    2009, in Indianapolis, IN, in conjunction with other state-wide resource groups that include Indiana
    Lakes Management Society (ILMS), Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society, and Indiana Water
    Resources Association. This meeting will be geared towards bridging the gap between scientists in
    the field and concerned citizens who may or may not be members of various resource groups such as
    Muskie Hunters or trout clubs.
   The keynote speaker for this conference is Kelly Hepler, Chair of the National Fish Habitat Action
    Plan.

Goal AS 3, Promotion of Stewardship: AFS promotes the sound stewardship and conservation of
aquatic ecosystems, including the importance of biodiversity, watershed management, and habitat
conservation in addition to the traditional fisheries focus.
  The Chapter is in the final stages of organizing the Indiana Aquatic Resources Conference in January
   2009, in conjunction with other state-wide resource groups that include Indiana Lakes Management
   Society, Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society, and Indiana Water Resources Association.
   This meeting will be geared towards bridging the gap between scientists in the field and concerned
   citizens who may or may not be members of various resource groups such as Muskie Hunters or trout
   clubs.
  The Chapter donated money to help fund the AFS Special Publication on Paddlefish.

Goal ITO 1, Visibility: Improve the visibility and image of AFS as a scientific organization and
information source.
   Several Indiana Chapter members attended the 2008 Conservation Day event at the Statehouse. These
    members set up a booth for IN AFS, handed out brochures with information about our Chapter, and
    were on hand to speak with State legislators and others about natural resource and conservation
    issues. Chapter members are currently planning for the 2009 Conservation Day event.
   The Chapter has created an Outreach Committee that will organize member involvement at the State
    Fair fishing pond and the Outdoor Expo each year.

Goal ITO 2, Collaboration: Improve communication and collaboration with other scientific and
professional organizations that share aquatic interests
   The Chapter held its annual meeting at Clifty Falls State Park February 27-28, 2008. The meeting was
    attended by 20 students from 4 colleges or universities, and 58 professionals from 12 different
    affiliations from 4 states. Students and professionals presented 12 papers and 4 posters. Scott Hale
    (Ohio DNR), Ray Valley (Minnesota DNR), and Andy Crozier (Indiana Division of Law
    Enforcement) gave presentations on hydroacoustics at the plenary session.
   The Chapter held its fall business meeting at Ball State University on September 15, 2008.
   The Indiana Chapter also sponsored a FAST workshop taught by Dr. Mike Maceina who used Indiana
    data to teach the workshop.
   The Indiana Chapter will be participating with the Indiana Conservation Alliance by donating $125 to
    the Conservation Day event at the statehouse and sending the Legislative Communications Chair and
    several volunteers to the planning meetings and Conservation Day event.



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   The Chapter pays for technical committee representatives’ travel to one NCD technical committee
    meeting a year.
   The Chapter donated $1,000 to the Cool Water Fish Culture Workshop to assist them with costs.
   The Chapter was a sponsor for the 2008 Annual Meeting in Ottawa.
   The Chapter, along with ILMS, supported the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership by purchasing a
    banner for use at forums and conferences throughout the Midwest.

Goal ITO 3, Professional Stature: Enable researchers, educators, managers, and administrators involved
in the fields of fishery and aquatic science and resource management (aquatic resource professionals) to
be recognized and valued by employers and the public.
    State employees are encouraged to attend the Chapter meetings and CE workshops. In addition,
     students are encouraged to attend meetings by their faculty advisors.
    Student Chapter membership is free if they are also Parent Society members.
    The AFS Certification Chair regularly helps members through the certification process.

Goal ITO 4, Information Network: Establish and maintain an information network which provides
access to scientifically based fisheries and aquatic resource management information.
   The Chapter has a very informative and easy-to-navigate website that is constantly updated and
    interactive.
   Chapter members vote on the website.
   We also have a membership directory that is available to all members on the website.
   The newsletter and listserve continue to be excellent and effective methods of communicating to the
    Chapter members.
   The Chapter webmaster has also created a website for the Indiana Aquatic Resources Conference that
    enables registrants to register and pay online through the site.

Goal ITO 5, Public Policy: AFS will be involved actively in the development of public policy affecting
fish, fisheries, and aquatic ecosystem.
    The Indiana Chapter maintains its membership to the Indiana Wildlife Federation.
    The Chapter continues to be actively involved with the Indiana Conservation Alliance.

Goal MS 1, Professional Development and Recognition: AFS will be a leading provider of services for
professional development and continuing education on topics related to the conservation of fishery
resources and aquatic ecosystems.
   The Chapter awarded Jayson Beugly for Best Student Paper.
   The Chapter awarded Jennifer Pritchett for Best Student Poster.
   The Chapter awarded Dr. Tom Lauer for Best Professional Paper.
   The Chapter awarded Michelle Cain for Best Professional Poster.
   The Chapter Awards Committee awarded a $100 grant to the best student paper winner to attend the
    Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. In addition, the recipient is nominated for the Joan Duffy
    Student Travel Award.

Goal MS 2, Science-Based Information: AFS will be a primary source of scientific and technical
information on fisheries and aquatic resource topics.
   The Chapter hosted a continuing education workshop in September titled "FAST," taught by Dr.
    Mike Maceina from Auburn University.

Goal MS 3, Online and Web Services: AFS will provide information networks and services
emphasizing intrasociety communications and information exchange.




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   The Chapter has a very informative and easy-to-navigate website that is constantly updated and
    interactive. Chapter members can vote on the website. We also have a member directory that is
    available to all members on the website.
   The newsletter and listserve continue to be excellent and effective methods of communicating to the
    Chapter members. The look of the newsletter was updated this past year and it is now called ―Lateral
    Lines: The Hoosier Edition.‖
   The Chapter webmaster has also created a website for the Indiana Aquatic Resources Conference that
    enables registrants to register and pay online through the site.

Goal MS 4, Diversity: AFS will increase the diversity of its membership.
  The Chapter is actively trying to interest high school and college students in fisheries by seeking out
   potential Hutton scholars. One high school student from Columbia City is in the process of applying
   for a Hutton scholarship and if he receives it, he will work at the Columbia City DNR office with the
   North Region Research Fisheries Biologist.
  Summer aides for the DNR are encouraged to attend AFS business meetings and become student
   members.
  We have incorporated a line item in our budget to donate $100 each year to the Equal Opportunities
   Section.

Goal MS 5, Strategic Plan Implementation: AFS members, leaders, staff, and Units will participate
actively in implementing the Strategic Plan.
   The Chapter has updated its Procedures Manual and is in the process of creating a new Strategic Plan.
TO: Jessica Mistak, North Central Division President
FROM: Angela Grier, Indiana Chapter President
DATE: September 26, 2008


Kansas Chapter
TO:         Jessica Mistak, President North Central Division
FROM:       Craig Paukert, President Kansas Chapter
DATE:       10 October 2008

Chapter Officers
      President: Craig Paukert
      Past President: Dan Mosier II
      President Elect: Jessica Mounts
      Secretary-Treasurer: Eric Johnson
      Webmaster: Jodi Whittier

ITO 2, Collaboration:
    The Kansas Chapter will hold a joint meeting in conjunction with the Kansas Chapter of
       the Wildlife Society, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Great Plains Society of
       American Foresters, Kansas Section of the Society for Range Management, Kansas
       Association of County Agricultural Agents, Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, and Kansas
       Alliance for Wetlands and Streams as part of the Kansas Natural Resources Conference
       in Wichita in January 29-30 2009.

ITO 4, Information Network:



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      The Kansas Chapter updated its web page (www.k-state.edu/kscfwru/ksafs/).
      The Kansas Chapter has included more student information on its webpage in an effort to
       generate more student participation.
      The Kansas Chapter maintains an active listserve that announces various jobs, activities,
       policy, and other relevant information to its membership.
      The Kansas Chapter created the first Chapter newsletter in at least five years.

MS 1, Professional Development and Recognition:
   The Kansas Chapter presented the Best Paper Award at the annual chapter meeting to
      Nate Davis (―An assessment of Neosho madtom related to gravel harvest from the
      Neosho River, Kansas‖).
   The Kansas Chapter presented the Best Student Paper Award at the annual chapter
      meeting to Joe Gerken (―Land use management and habitat conservation for the cave
      dwelling grotto sculpin‖).
   The Kansas Chapter presented the Tom Wenke Award for Best Poster at the annual
      chapter meeting to Travis Robb (―A streambank inventory of the Verdigris River‖).
   The Kansas Chapter continues to offer the Otto Tiemeier-Frank Cross Student
      Scholarship to a graduate student and the Harold Klaassen Scholarship to an
      undergraduate student. Each is a $300 scholarship, and the chapter pays expenses for the
      recipients to attend the annual chapter meeting.
   The Kansas Chapter paid the annual dues for membership in the parent society for two
      students.
   The Kansas Chapter and the North Central Division again are jointly co-sponsoring a
      $200 travel award for a student to attend the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in
      December 2008.

MS 2, Science-Based Information:
   The Kansas Chapter hosted its annual chapter meeting in February 2008 as part of the
      Kansas Natural Resources Conference, which included both oral and poster presentations
      by fisheries professionals and by graduate and undergraduate students.
   At least six members gave presentations at the annual AFS meeting in Ottawa, Canada in
      August 2008.
   The Kansas Chapter submitted a bid for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Wichita.

MS 5, Strategic Plan Implementation:
   The Kansas Chapter has updated parts of its procedural manual.

Michigan Chapter
TO:       Jessica Mistak - President, North Central Division
FROM:     Carl Ruetz - President, Michigan Chapter
DATE:     November 14, 2008


    ITO 2, Collaboration:



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      The Michigan Chapter held its annual meeting at Lake Superior State University in
       Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (March 4-5, 2008).
      Many students and fisheries professionals attended a nongame fishes identification
       workshop that was held prior to the chapter meeting (March 3-4, 2008).
      The Michigan Chapter’s River and Streams Committee hosted an introduction to
       electrofishing workshop at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan on
       September 29-30, 2008.
      The Michigan Chapter in conjunction with Lake Superior State University hosted a
       Michigan freshwater mussel identification workshop in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
       on November 13-14, 2008.

ITO 4, Information Network:
    The Chapter’s Communications Committee has continued to keep the membership
       up-to-date on Chapter business (e.g., annual meeting and workshops) via the annual
       newsletter, web page, and listserv.

MS 1, Professional Development and Recognition:
   The Justin W. Leonard Award for Professional Excellence was presented to Dr.
      Richard Clark of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
   The Albert S. Hazzard Award for Excellence in Student Research was presented to
      Dr. Heather Dawson for her dissertation research completed at Michigan State
      University.
   The Best Student Paper Award for the annual Chapter meeting was presented to
      Scott Collins of Lake Superior State University.
   The Chapter created a Best Student Poster Display Award at its 2008 annual
      meeting. The award was presented to Ryan Namespetra of Lake Superior State
      University.
   Brett M. Alger—a student at Michigan State University—received the Chapter’s
      Student Annual Meeting Travel Grant to attend the 138th Annual Meeting of the
      American Fisheries Society in Ottawa, Ontario.
   Mark Kaemingk—a student at Central Michigan University—received the Chapter’s
      Midwest Fish & Wildlife Student Travel Grant to attend the 69th Midwest Fish &
      Wildlife Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
   Andy Nuhfer was recognized for his service as president of the Michigan Chapter
      over the past year.
   Financially supported the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biologist Program ($400).

MS 2, Science-Based Information:
   Twenty-one oral presentations and eight posters were made at Michigan Chapter’s
      annual meeting. For the first time in several years, the Chapter had concurrent
      sessions for oral presentations, which were well received by the membership.
   The Michigan Chapter’s annual meeting featured Dr. Paul Seelbach of the Institute
      for Fisheries Research, MDNR as the plenary speaker. He discussed Michigan’s
      proposed water withdrawal assessment process and recent emergence of water
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           Hosted or co-hosted three workshops: identification of nongame fishes, introduction
            to electrofishing, and identification of Michigan’s freshwater mussels (see above).

    MS 3, Online and Web Services:
       Updated web page with current information.
       Distributed information on a wide variety of continuing education opportunities and
          training workshops via the listserv.

    MS 4, Diversity:
       The Michigan Chapter contributed $400 to the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biologist
          Program.
       The Michigan Chapter contributed $250 to the Equal Opportunities Section to
          support student travel to the annual meeting.

Nebraska Chapter
Officers:     President – Mark Pegg
              Past-President – Keith Koupal
              President Elect – Tony Korth
              Secretary-Treasurer – Ken Hatten

Annual Meeting
     - The Nebraska Chapter hosted the 39th annual meeting at Aksarben Aquarium, Gretna,
        Nebraska on February 12-13, 2008.
     - The meeting’s theme was centered on urban fishing and outdoor experience
        opportunities.
     - Members presented 20 oral presentations and 5 poster presentations to the 65
        attendees

Aquatic Stewardship
NE AFS voted to provide funds sponsoring a public presentation by Richard Louv. Louv is the
author of the book Last Child in the woods – Saving our children from nature deficit disorder.
Richard Louv spoke at the UNL Lied Center as part of the E. N. Thompson lecture series in
April 2008.

Member Services
The Nebraska Chapter currently has 99 paid members.

Student Subunit
The formation of the University of Nebraska Student Subunit began in 2007. The student
subunit was formally recognized in early 2008.        The student subunit has been active in
supporting research and outreach in Nebraska since its formation by volunteering for sampling
and also helping with fishing clinics and other outreach activities. The subunit also co-hosted
(with the Iowa State subunit) the first Midwestern fisheries student colloquium at the UNL
campus in March, 2008. The colloquium was attended by over 30 students from five
universities.



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Scholarship and Bob Thomas Scholarship Fund Committees
The annual Bob Thomas $1,000.00 scholarship award was given to Daniel Kolterman from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008. Tony Barada was awarded the NE AFS/NCD travel
award to attend the 2007 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference.

Ohio Chapter
TO:       Jessica Mistak, President, North Central Division
FROM:     Rich Carter, President, Ohio Chapter
DATE:     November 14, 2008

    ITO 1, Visibility:
        Ohio Chapter members have been actively involved with outreach activities that
           promote the fisheries profession such as judging state high school science fairs,
           participating in children’s fishing events, and speaking to special interest/angling
           groups and the media.

    ITO 2, Collaboration:
        The Ohio Chapter held its annual meeting in conjunction with the 48th Annual Fish
           and Wildlife Conference, co-hosted with the Ohio Chapter of the Wildlife Society
           and the Ohio Fish and Wildlife Management Society, February 1st, 2008. The
           conference theme was Habitat Restoration: Providing a Landscape of Opportunity
           for Fish and Wildlife.

    ITO 4, Information Network:
        The Ohio Chapter recently revamped and updated its web page
           (http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~ocafs/).

    ITO 5, Public Policy:
        Nothing to report.

    MS 1, Professional Development and Recognition:
       The award for ―Best Fisheries Paper Presentation‖ at the 48th Annual Fish and
          Wildlife Conference was given to Dr. Joseph D. Conroy for his presentation titled
          ―Quantifying the potential for restoring Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie: A mere dream?‖.
       The award for ―Best Fisheries Poster Presentation‖ at the 48th Annual Fish and
          Wildlife Conference was given to Emily Sopkovich for her poster titled “Temporal
          and spatial population genetic structure of the Eurasian round goby: Invasion
          patterns in the Great Lakes.” .
       The chapter awarded five Milt Austin Aquatic Science Awards to high school
          students at the Ohio State Science Fair.
       The chapter continued reimbursement for the cost of AFS Professional Certification
          for one member this year.
       The chapter contributed $250 to the Jan Fenske Memorial Award to be awarded at
          this year’s Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference.

    MS 2, Science-Based Information:


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           The Ohio Chapter held its annual meeting in conjunction with the 48th Annual Fish
            and Wildlife Conference, co-hosted with the Ohio Chapter of the Wildlife Society
            and the Ohio Fish and Wildlife Management Society, February 1st, 2008.
           The Ohio Chapter held its annual summer meeting on September 19, 2008 at the
            Brown Environmental Center in Gambier, Ohio. The meeting included a
            presentation on the Kokosing River Water Trail and canoe tour of the Kokosing
            River.

    MS 4, Diversity:
       Nothing to report.

    MS 5, Strategic Plan Implementation:
       In 2008 the Ohio Chapter completed a comprehensive review of milestones
           accomplished under the existing strategic plan, and steps necessary to meet
           milestones yet completed.
       The Ohio Chapter is currently in the process of reviewing its strategic plan, and will
           be revising the plan as necessary in 2009.



Ontario Chapter
TO:         Jessica Mistak, NCD
FROM:       Jon Clayton, Ontario Chapter President
DATE:       November 14, 2008

II Activity Report:
   (A) Charge or Annual Program of Work: Work plan included in midyear report.

    (B) Summary of Outcomes and Accomplishments:

    ITO 2, Collaboration (and AS 1, Local and Global Leadership, and AS 3, Promotion of
        Stewardship):
        Ontario Chapter participated in Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research and
           Canadian Aquatic Resources Section meetings.

    ITO 4, Information Network (and MS 3, Online and Web Services):
        The OC website, constructed and maintained by our webmaster, Robert Eakins,
           continues to be a source of rapid dissemination of information, and facilitate
           information transfer among members at www.afs-oc.org.
        The OC webmaster also maintains an up-to-date email list of members for topical
           announcements.
        The OC continually uses online voting for officers, bylaw changes and surveys.

    ITO 5, Public Policy (and AS 3, Promotion of Stewardship):
        The OC is a supporter of the group actively working at re-introducing Atlantic
           salmon to Lake Ontario.


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    MS 1, Professional Development and Recognition:
       The Chapter provided 8 awards for student travel to the Annual Meeting.
       The Chapter supported student colloquiums in February and October which were
          organized by the Chapter Student Sub-Unit.
       The Chapter also recognized the best student oral presentation (named after Dr. E.J.
          Crossman) and best student poster presentation (sponsored by B.A.S.S.) at the
          colloquium in October.
       Providing matching money for the Joan Duffy Student Travel Award to a chapter
          member who is presenting at the 2008 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference.
       The OC is actively supporting the Ontario student subunit. the student reps on our
          EXCOMM are working hard to raise awareness on their respective campuses.

    MS 2, Science-Based Information:
       The Ontario Chapter held our AGM in March, 2007 at Geneva Park, Orillia, ON. We
          held a science based conference at the same time. The 2007 theme was ―Applying
          Inter-disciplinary Science on the Ground: Theory and Practice‖.
       The Ontario Chapter helped with co-ordination, planning, registration and t-shirt
          sales at the annual Meeting in Ottawa. The Chapter organized and held a successful
          raffle with approximately $35,000 in prizes.
       The Student Sub-unit helped with the organization of student activites at Ottawa
       Numerous Chapter members presented or were moderators at the Annual Meeting.

    MS 4, Diversity:
       The OC agreed to contribute $250.00 to the Equal Opportunities section.

    MS 5, Strategic Plan Implementation:
    (C) Recommendations or Suggestions for Future Consideration:

   1) The OC is continuing to build the chapter, and is in the process of developing continuing
      education opportunities. The Chapter organized a bioengineering workshop and
      electrofishing training in 2007 but organization for the 2008 Annual meant no extra for
      additional opportunities this year. We are planning new workshops and training for the
      future.
   2) The Chapter is helping to co-ordinate a Tri-chapter meeting with Wisconsin and
      Minnesota in February of 2009.

Wisconsin Chapter
TO:           Jessica Mistak, President AFS – North Central Division
FROM:         John Kubisiak, President AFS – Wisconsin Chapter
DATE:         October 13, 2008
SUBJECT:      Wisconsin Chapter Activities during the past year.

Aquatic Stewardship (AS)
AS 1, Local and Global Leadership


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      Helped organize ―Knocking at the Gates‖ Aquatic Invasive Species workshop
       (Milwaukee – February, 2008).
      Gave $1000 towards Great Lakes Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel meetings (Milwaukee
       – June, 2008).

Information Transfer and Outreach (ITO)
ITO 1, Visibility
    Built a bridge between Fisheries Management and Hatcheries: WI-AFS coordinated
       private donations and contractors to complete the Art Oehmcke memorial footbridge.
       The bridge is faced with natural stone and recreates a historic bridge at the site. It
       crosses Throughfare Creek, connecting the Art Oehmcke state fish hatchery with DNR
       Fisheries Management offices and serves as a starting location for hatchery tours.
    Gave $1,000 to Mid-Continent Railway Museum towards restoration of Badger Car #2.
       The country’s sole surviving fish-stocking rail car, the #2 shipped fish for stocking from
       1912 to 1945.

ITO 2, Collaboration
    Teamed up with WI Chapter of The Wildlife Society and WI Department of Natural
       Resources to co-sponsor the 2007 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Madison,
       WI.
    The 2008 annual chapter meeting (February 5-7, 2008) was a joint meeting with WI
       Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

ITO 4, Information Network
    Published 2 Teleogram newsletters.
    Co-sponsored the 2007 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Madison, WI.

Member Services (MS)
MS 1, Professional Development and Recognition
   The Bill Threinen Outstanding Service Award for a Wisconsin Chapter AFS member was
      presented to Steven Gilbert ($50).
   The Steve Yeo Best Student Paper at the 2008 chapter meeting was awarded to Luke
      Roffler (and Brian Sloss, advisor, $50).
   The Steve Serns Best Professional Paper at the 2008 chapter meeting was awarded to Ron
      Bruch and co-author Shannon Davis-Faust ($50).
   Best fisheries student presentations at the 2007 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference
      were awarded to Jeffrey Stein ($150), Daniel Garrett ($100) and Justin Van De Hey
      ($50).
   Best fisheries student posters at the 2007 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference were
      awarded to Thomas Bacula ($150), Bryan Spindler ($100) and Brandon Spude ($50).
   The Richard Frie Memorial Scholarship (for a UW Stevens Point Student) was awarded
      to Joshua Maxwell ($1,000)
   The Caroll Norden Memorial Scholarship (for a student outside of UW Stevens Point)
      was awarded to Katie Renschen ($1,000).

MS 2, Science-based Information


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      2008 Chapter meeting (joint meeting with WI Chapter of The Wildlife Society) had
       attendance of 229 and featured 43 talks and 10 posters.

MS 3, Online and Web Services
   Wisconsin Chapter updated its website and migrated to a new Internet provider
      (www.wi-afs.org).
   Used the Chapter list-serve to advertise meetings, gather input and vote on issues.

MS 4, Diversity
   Supported professional diversity by inviting annual meeting presentations from non-
      members working in stream restoration and fish passage at culverts.
   Supported biological diversity with donation of $500 towards development of a poster
      ―Rare and unusual fishes of the lower Wisconsin Riverway‖.
   Supported cultural diversity in the fisheries profession with donation of $1,000 to the
      Hutton Jr. Fisheries Biology program.

MS 6, Financial Security
   Net profits of about $7,000 from Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference were invested in
      scholarships, future meetings and general funds.




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STUDENT SUB-UNIT REPORTS
Iowa State University Student Sub-Unit
President – Travis Neebling - neebling@iastate.edu
President Elect – Rebecca Burch - rmburch@iastate.edu
Secretary – Matthew Mork - mmork@iastate.edu
Treasurer – Andrew Schaefer - aschaef@iastate.edu
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Michael Quist - mcquist@iastate.edu
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Joseph Morris - jemorris@iastate.edu

Our web address is: http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/isu-afs/

Completed activities for the 2008 school year:
      Lake Laverne fishing derby – open to the public
      Continued long-term monitoring of the fish assemblage in the Squaw Creek watershed
      Assisted the Iowa DNR with night electrofishing on the Mississippi River

Proposed activities for the 2008 school year:
       Hosting the 2nd Annual Midwest Student Fisheries Colloquium
       Assisting the Iowa DNR with electrofishing and gillnetting on local lakes and reservoirs
       Sending students to the Iowa Chapter annual AFS meeting
       An ice fishing tournament
       A mid-winter banquet
       A spring canoe-fishing-camping trip
       A public outreach display at VEISHEA (one of the nation’s largest student-organized
        events)

Brief summary:
The Iowa State University Student Subunit has been very busy the past few months. The
Subunit changed their major outreach event this year from a kid’s fishing clinic to a large scale
fishing derby in a lake on campus. Fish were sampled from the lake prior to the event, tagged,
and released, giving Subunit members the opportunity to hone their electrofishing and tagging
skills. Members of the public then had the opportunity to fish for the tagged fish to win prizes.
The event had a much better turnout then past events and was deemed a success by all who
attended.

The Subunit has also been active in their work with the Iowa DNR. Recently members have
assisted with night electrofishing on the Mississippi River and will soon be assisting with
electrofishing and gillnetting on local lakes and reservoirs.

The Subunit is in the process of organizing the 2nd Annual Midwest Student Fisheries
Colloquium. The first colloquium was held last spring in Lincoln, Nebraska, and now Iowa State
will continue to maintain the high standard set by the University of Nebraska. The colloquium
will be a 1.5 day event held in January, giving students from throughout the Midwest an


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opportunity to present their research in a low-stress environment, while networking and
socializing with their peers.

Other events planned for the rest of the school year include sending members to the Iowa
Chapter annual meeting, an ice fishing tournament, a mid-winter banquet, and a float-fishing-
camping trip in the spring.

Northland College Student Sub-Unit
President- Katie Renschen, email: renschenk01@northland.edu
Vice President- Tim Werner, email: wernert01@northland.edu
Secretary- Cassie Wainwright, email: wainwrightc01@northland.edu
Treasurer- Tyler Zesiger, email: zesigert01@northland.edu

Fall 2007
Students traveled to the Iron River National Fish Hatchery for the day to help with spawning
activities. The group received a tour of the facility, and then helped spawn brook trout for the
rest of the day. This was a great hands-on experience for students. Everyone got to handle and
spawn fish.

Winter/Spring 2008
Students helped with several projects during the winter and spring months. We assisted the
Ashland National Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in setting coaster brook trout eggs to be
hatched in Whittlesey Creek, as well as help the U.S. Forest Service construct fish cribs on
Sawdust Lake. In February we took a group of students down to Wausau, WI for the annual
state AFS meeting, where we attended presentations, and networked with other fisheries
professionals. In February we also had a couple students help with registering speared sturgeon
down at Lake Winnebago. Students also helped the Red Cliff Tribal Hatchery clip 15,000
coaster brook trout over a two day period. Students got a tour of the facility and a free lunch! In
April the subunit had Ted Koehler from the Ashland National Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Office come and give a presentation about fish passage and culvert replacement projects that are
going on in Ashland County.

Fall 2008
The subunit held their first meeting of the school year September 17th. We had several new
students interested in being a part of AFS. During the month of October students (on several
different occasions) helped the Iron River National Fish Hatchery sort and spawn brook trout and
lake trout, helped the Wisconsin DNR clip fish at the Bayfield hatchery, and assisted the
Wisconsin DNR with their annual lake trout spawning survey.

Future Plans
Our subunit has several other things planned for the rest of the school year. We are in the
process of designing t-shirts for our group, working with our local fire department to hold our 2nd
annual ice safety workshop, planning for our annual ice fishing tournament, and as always,
looking for volunteer opportunities.




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We have a large group of students working on funding proposals to attend the tri-chapter AFS
meeting in February, 2009, as well as a few students working towards attending the Midwest
meeting in December.

Ontario Chapter Student Sub-Unit
President: Caleb Hasler, Carleton University (chasler@connect.carleton.ca)
Vice President: Monica Granados, University of Toronto (monica.granados@utoronto.ca)
Tresurer: Connie O’Connor, Carleton University (coconno4@connect.carleton.ca)

The Ontario Chapter student sub-unit is unique, as we represent all students in the province of
Ontario. The sub-unit has been busy recently. Having just had our elections we are in the
planning phase for a number of projects. We are hoping to run a course (TBA) sometime during
the spring and are planning a winter retreat. Many of our members helped out during the Annual
General meeting in Ottawa. A special thanks to all the students who helped at the registration
table, the t-shirt sales table, and sold raffle tickets, and especially Michael Donaldson for
planning all student events. We also recently held our annual student symposium ―The
Crossman Symposium‖. Paul Venturelli from the University of Toronto won the Crossman
Award for best talk and received a copy of ―Freshwater Fishes of Canada‖ by Ed Crossman and
Bev Scott. Sarah McConnachie from Carleton University won best poster.

I would also like to acknowledge our outgoing executive. Mary Finch (University of Waterloo),
Michael Donaldson (formally from Carleton University, now at The University of British
Columbia), and Andrew Drake (University of Toronto) created the sub-unit in 2005 and did a
tremendous job for the past two years….our new exec has big shoes to fill this coming year.

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Student Sub-Unit
President- Andy Jansen
Vice President – Will Schreck
Secretary – Will French
Treasurer- Dan James
*elections take place in December

Completed Activities—2008
   Annual Job Fair for undergraduate students
   Under-ice gillnetting demonstration and club ice fishing tournament
   Dakota Chapter AFS – Annual meeting planning and conduct raffle
   Attended 1st Annual Midwest Student Fisheries Colloquium, Lincoln, NE
   BioBlitz (South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks) – coordinated and conducted all fish
      sampling
   ADVANCE Group—fishing clinic
   Brookings Optimists Club—Kids Trout Extravaganza
   Collaborated with TWS student chapter to produce the 60th annual department awards
      banquet
   Boy Scouts of America—kids fishing clinic with local Cub Scout groups
   Annual fish fry, two events



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      Hosted guest speakers—Dr. Robert Arlinghaus (Humboldt-University of Berlin), Tim
       Goeman (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources), Dr. F. Joseph Margraf (Alaska
       Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit)
      Fundraising—chili feed
      Recruitment activities—booth at SDSU fall festival and College of Agriculture and
       Biological Sciences ice cream social

Proposed Activities—2008-2009
    Fundraising—chili feed
    Host guest speaker—Dr. Trent Sutton (University of Alaska—Fairbanks)
    Annual Job Fair for undergraduate students
    Under-ice gillnetting demonstration and club ice fishing tournament
    Dakota Chapter AFS – Annual meeting planning and conduct raffle
    Attend 2nd Annual Midwest Student Fisheries Colloquium, Ames, IA

Requested Actions for NCD Governing Board
No actions required at this time.


University of Minnesota Student Sub-Unit
Ryan Foley
fole0108@umn.edu
612-859-5639

Last winter we helped the MN DNR catch and record data on Lake Minnetonka Muskellunge,
and we hope to do the same this winter. We are still working with the DNR to include us in more
activities. Our group goes on fishing trips throughout the year, we have an ice fishing trip
scheduled for January 9th or so in conjunction with the U of M's Hunting and Fishing Club.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for anything in the future!

University of Nebraska- Lincoln Student Sub-Unit
Dan Kolterman – President
1910 Knox St. Apt. 26
Lincoln, NE 68521
dan.kolterman@huskers.unl.edu

Michael Mcguire – Vice President
5015 Vine Street. Apt 218
Lincoln, NE 68504
402-312-0615
michaelmcguire@mail.unomaha.edu

John Walrath – Historian
4001 Holdrege St.
Lincoln, NE 68503



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308-750-1898
jwalrat2@bigred.unl.edu

Philip Stollberg – Secretary Treasurer
1411 N. 9th St. Apt. 5
Lincoln, NE 68503
402-720-2865
philipandrew11_14@hotmail.com

Summary of Activities
Completed activities include co-hosting the 1st Annual Midwest Student Fisheries Colloquium
with the Iowa State Student Subunit. We had 10 members assist Nebraska Game and Parks
personnel during the Spring 2008 Pallid Sturgeon Broodstock Collection. Members of the
Cornhusker Student Subunit have also been involved and contributed to many recent fisheries
meetings. Members of the subunit presented eight papers at the Nebraska Chapter AFS meeting,
seven papers at the 68th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Madison, WI, and seven
papers at the 138th American Fisheries Society Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Future plans include assisting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission with their current
recruitment, development, and retention plan to promote angling in the state, assisting the
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission with rehabilitation and management of a local reservoir,
and conducting recruitment activities at UNL to bolster subunit membership.


University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Student Sub-Unit
2008-2009 Officers
President- Hilary Meyer
e-mail: Hilary.A.Meyer@uwsp.edu
Phone: 414-322-6744

Vice President: Jorge Buening
e-mail: Jorge.T.Buening@uwsp.edu
Phone: 608-606-0837

Treasurer: Max Wolter
e-mail: Max.H.Wolter@uwsp.edu
Phone: 715-864-2968

Secretary: Eric Nothem
e-mail: Eric.R.Nothem@uwsp.edu
Phone: 262-689-5335

Web Weaver: Lisa Hulberg
e-mail: Lisa.M.Hulberg@uwsp.edu
Phone: 715-346-2217




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Advisor: Dr. Michael Hansen
e-mail: mhansen@uwsp.edu
Phone: 715-346-3420

Summary of Completed Projects as of January of 2008:
The UWSP Fisheries Society has been very busy with activities since January of 2008. We have
had multiple guest speakers at our meetings who have been presenting new research, and
information on internships and jobs that are available for students. We have also completed
many projects this year. We held our bi-annual Wisconsin River fyke-net survey at the end of
April with the help from the Wisconsin Walleyes for Tomorrow Group. We caught well over
500 fish in just one weekend! However, due to lasting ice in northern Wisconsin, we were
unable to complete our annual Spring Lake Fyke-net survey in Oneida County, Wisconsin. This
fall started off with the Little Plover River stream shocking survey that we conduct every fall.
We used a tow-barge to shock this Central Wisconsin trout stream during the first weekend of
October. Overall, there was a good turn out, and a lot of members were able to get some real
hands on experience. Our Wisconsin River Survey was held during the last weekend of October
this year. We had a very good turn out on Saturday, with a few very nice fish. Unfortunately,
extremely high winds stopped us from finishing our survey on Sunday afternoon. Overall, the
survey went well. This coming year, we have a few new ideas for projects. A new dissolved
oxygen monitoring project will be starting sometime in January of 2009, depending on ice
conditions. The UWSP student sub-unit would like to work in conjunction with the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources to monitor dissolved oxygen levels in problematic lakes in
Portage County. This spring, we would also like to get together a children’s fishing workshop.
We would like to hold a small informal workshop to teach children how to fish. This workshop
would also give children an understanding of aquatic communities right in their own community.
Our student sub-unit is also hoping to expand our annual alumni banquet to include all fisheries
professionals in Wisconsin, along with the traditional UWSP alumni. We have had great
turnouts for meetings and surveys so far, and we have a very exciting winter and spring to look
forward to!




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STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Awards Committee
FROM: Mark Porath, Committee Chair, NCD
Date November 24, 2008

   I. Action

       Action requested:                  None
       Recommended Motion:                None
       Minority View:                     None
       Background for Motion:             None
       Cost:                              None


    II. Outcomes or Accomplishments
The NCD Annual Awards were presented at the 69th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference held
in Columbus, Ohio on December 15, 2008. Awards for the Most Active Chapter, Most Active
Student Subunit, Best Communications, and Meritorious Service were presented during the
Plenary Session and the Joan Duffy Travel Awards were presented at the Annual NCD Business
Meeting.

The 2008 NCD Awards Committee was composed of the following members:
Mark Porath, NCD President-Elect, Chair
Mike Barnes-Dakota Chapter
Steve Pescitelli-Illinois Chapter
Rod Edgell-Indiana Chapter
Eric Johnson, Craig Paukert, Jodi Whittier and Dan Moser-Kansas Chapter
Carl Ruetz-Michigan Chapter
David Fulton-Minnesota Chapter
Brian Canaday-Missouri Chapter
Tony Korth-Nebraska Chapter
John Kubisiak and Tom Slawski-Wisconsin Chapter

Most Active Chapter Awards-
One chapter applied for the Most Active Large Chapter Award and the Wisconsin Chapter was
determined to be well-qualified and deserving.

One chapter applied for the Most Active Small Chapter Award and the Indiana Chapter was
determined to be well-qualified and deserving.

Most Active Student Subunit Award-
Four nominations for the Most Active Student Subunit Award were received, and Lake Superior
State University was selected as the recipient for 2008.



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Best Communications Award-
Three nominations were received for the Best Communications Award and the Indiana Chapter
was selected as the 2008 recipient.

Meritorious Service Award-
One nomination was received for the Meritorious Service Award and the committee agreed that
Tom Gengerke exhibited remarkable commitment and service to AFS.

Joan Duffy Travel Awards-
Six chapters selected students to receive travel awards and nominated them for the $100
matching Joan Duffy Travel Scholarships from the NCD. Winners were: Mark Fincel-South
Dakota State University; Wes Bouska-Kansas State University; Katie Renschen-Northland
College, WI; Andrew Drake-University of Toronto; Mark Kaemingk-Central Michigan
University; and Michael Wilson-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Communications Committee
FROM: Andy Fowler; Co-Chair Communication Committee - NCD
Date: November 5, 2007

I. Action

       Action requested:                   None
       Recommended Motion:                 None
       Minority View:                      None
       Background for Motion:              None
       Cost:                               None

II.     Outcomes or Accomplishments
Keith Hurley and I have recently revamped the North Central Division – American Fisheries
Society’s (NCD-AFS) website to accomplish two goals. 1) Give it a new, updated look and 2)
Create an environment where current, up-to-date information on the NCD-AFS can be obtained
and shared. We have received excellent comments on our efforts thus far and continue to rapidly
increase the communication efficiency of the NCD-AFS. Any further comments to better our
efforts are greatly appreciated and welcomed.



Continuing Education Committee
FROM: Angela C. Grier, CE Chair, NCD
DATE: October 21, 2008


I.     Action
       Action requested:                   None
       Recommended Motion:                 None
       Minority View:                      None


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       Background for Motion:                  None
       Cost:                                   None


III.    Outcomes or Accomplishments
This year at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Columbus, Ohio, the NCD Continuing
Education Committee is hosting ―Introduction to Spatial Modeling Using ArcGIS and
Geostatistical Analyst.‖ This course is an introduction to quantitative spatial modeling and
geostatistics. The instructor for this course is Erik R. Venteris, Ph.D., a Senior Geologist with
the Ohio Division of Geological Survey. Note: Originally, there were two workshops scheduled
for 2008. However, the instructor for one of the workshops had a change in family circumstances
and decided to retire from his workshop commitments.
It has been challenging in years past to coordinate NCD CE efforts with the State host of the
Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. After working for two years in this position, it seems to
work best if the NCD CE chair contacts the appropriate individual within the State hosting the
conference at least a year in advance in order to assist in coordinating and providing relevant
fisheries-related workshops that cover at least two topic areas. This may be as simple as
becoming the point of contact for all fisheries-related workshop proposals. It has also been
decided that to increase participation by NCD members in these workshops, they need to be
tailored to the needs of many throughout the region. This effort is most easily accomplished by
encouraging workshop participants to complete a survey form indicating their interests in
workshop offerings and using that as a guide for the following year. It is also preferred that at
least one workshop in each year make money to go into the NCD ―CE funds‖ to help provide a
quality selection of workshops for the next year where monies may be necessary up front.

Membership Committee
FROM: Doug Workman, Chair

The membership of the North Central Division is comprised of members of good standing in the
following states and provinces: Alberta, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Ohio, Ontario,
Saskatchewan, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Membership of the North Central Division
decreased by a total of 62 members from 2007 to 2008. The decreased membership occurred
among Regular, Retired, Student, and Young Professionals.
                                                                            Young           Total
Province/State        Honorary    Life        Regular   Retired   Student   Professional    Number
Alberta                                   4       48          1         3               2          58
Iowa                                     12       35          4        16               2          69
Illinois                                 15       54         11        30               7         117
Indiana                                  10       45          1        14               8          78
Kansas                        1           2       30          1         9               3          46
Manitoba                                          16          3         2               3          24
Michigan                      1          28      108         24        53             21          235
Minnesota                                26      100          5        26             14          171
Missouri                                 17       71          8        23               9         128
North Dakota                              4         7                   3                          14
Nebraska                                  5       19                   18              4           46



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Northwest Territories                             5                                                5
Ohio                                   11        54           4      31               9          109
Ontario                        1        8       217           5      53              23          307
South Dakota                            1        23           1      18               6           49
Saskatchewan                            1        10                   1                           12
Wisconsin                              19        84           9      20              11          143
Total By Type                  3      163       926          77     320             122        1,611
Summary of members by location. Data source: AFS September 24, 2008.



Nominating Committee
Date:           October 28, 2008
To:             Jessica Mistak, President, AFS-NCD
From:           Mike Staggs, AFS Nominating Committee
Subject:        Annual Report for 2008

The purpose of the AFS Nominating Committee is to identify candidates for the Society offices
of Second Vice-President, First Vice-President and President-Elect each year. Candidates are
then voted on by the general membership during the annual election. The Committee consists of
ten members including an elected representative from each Division. The other six members are
a Chair appointed by the AFS President (currently Steve Filipek, AR), four persons elected by
the Governing Board at the annual meeting, and the Immediate Past-President of the Society.
Each committee member is responsible for nominating potential candidates for Second Vice-
President with a strong history of AFS involvement and clear leadership potential, and then
working with them to develop a biographical sketch and vision statement. The committee then
votes on the nominated candidates and the top two are placed on the ballot for the Second Vice-
President election. The third ranked candidate is automatically ranked again by the committee
the following year. Elected officers typically stand for election to the next higher office in the
following year resulting in a ballot with a single candidate for the higher offices. AFS
Nominating Committee members are currently developing their nominations which we hope to
finalize by December 15, 2008. Voting will take place in January with the final slate of
candidates ready by February 1, 2009. Note that all committee nominations, deliberations and
rankings are held strictly confidential so there is not much else that can be reported! More
detailed information on the AFS Nominating Committee can be found in the Society Procedures
document at: http://web.fisheries.org/main/images/stories/afs/procedure.pdf. NCD will elect a
new nominating committee representative for 2008-09. I will work with that individual to
transition the current nomination process and appreciate the opportunity to serve AFS-NCD the
past several years.

Student Affairs Committee
FROM: Casey Schoenebeck Student Affairs Chair, NCD
DATE: September 23, 2008

    I. Action

           a. Action requested:                       None


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           b.   Recommended Motion:                   None
           c.   Minority View:                        None
           d.   Background for Motion:                None
           e.   Cost:                                 None

   II. Outcomes or Accomplishments
During 2008, the Student Affairs Committee has solicited contact information for smaller
colleges with biology or natural resource programs through Mainstream Newsletter and chapter
presidents as part of an outreach project to get these schools involved in the society and inform
their students of available scholarship and workshop opportunities. We have circulated an
electronic brochure that advertises student activities, scholarships, and opportunities for student
involvement within the NCD to 49 schools within Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, and the
Dakotas. We thank these same Chapters for their submissions and hope to get more in the
future. We will maintain a spreadsheet of these schools available to anyone if needed. As of
September 2008, the NCD has 13 active student organizations. The committee will continue to
maintain an updated list of student officers and faculty sponsors.




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TECHNICAL COMMITTEE REPORTS
Centrarchid Technical Committee
   John E. Nelson, Acting Chair, Centrachid Technical Committee

I. Action

            a.   Action requested:                  None
            b.   Recommended Motion:                None
            c.   Minority View:                     None
            d.   Background for Motion:             None
            e.   Cost:                              None

II. Outcomes or Accomplishments
Unfortunately, the Centrarchid Technical Committee was relatively inactive during the summer
of 2008. Nancy Nate was not able to complete the year as the chair and John Nelson was asked
to step in for the remainder of the year. His job duties subsequently changed and he was unable
to carry out many of the duties of the chair as well.

The Centrarchid Technical Committee was scheduled to hold its summer meeting at Wyalusing
State Park, Prairie du Chien, WI, on July 28-29, 2008. However, travel restrictions in several
states and high mileage costs reduced the number of people able to meet. Therefore, the meeting
was cancelled.

Written reports on Centrarchid management within many of the NCD states were consolidated
and sent to members in late October.

Esocid Technical Committee
Edward R. Braun Chair, Esocid Technical Committee

I. Action

       Action requested:                    None
       Recommended Motion:                  None
       Minority View:                       None
       Background for Motion:               None
       Cost:                                None

        A. Outcomes or Accomplishments
The Esocid Technical Committee and the Walleye Technical Committee held a joint summer
meeting in August at Kemp Biological Station on Lake Tomahawk near Minocqua, WI. We had
ten excellent technical presentations. Attendance was light (12 members from each technical
committee) due primarily to agency travel restrictions. Minutes of the business meeting,
abstracts of presentations, and chapter reports can be found on the committee website



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(http://www.ncd-afs.org/Default.asp?mid=23&sid=32). Andy Fowler (IA) has done an excellent
job of re-designing and updating the NCD website.

The Committee’s publication, The Introductory, Maintenance, and Restoration Stocking of
Esocids, is nearing completion.

Jordan Weeks (WI) is compiling an update of the committee publication, A Synopsis of Angling
Regulations for Esocids in North America. Chapters and agencies that have, and have not
provided information for this update can be found on the website.

The Esocid Technical Committee has obtained 101 copies of the northern pike symposium held
at the 2006 AFS annual meeting in Lake Placid, NY. These are available from Ed Braun.
Ordering information can be found on the website (http://www.ncd-
afs.org/Pages/32/Pike%20Symposium%20Publication.pdf)

Recommended changes in Esocid Technical Committee procedures were approved by the
Governing Board at the 2007 annual meeting.

The winter business meeting will be held at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in
Columbus, Ohio on Sunday (Dec. 14) at 2:00 P.M.

Chair for the next year will be:
2008/09—Dr. Jim Diana, Michigan

Edward R. Braun, Biologist
Northeast Regional Office
1353 South Governors Drive
Columbia City, IN 46725-7539
Ph: (260) 244-6805
Fax: (260) 244-7247
ebraun@dnr.IN.gov



Ictalurid Technical Committee
October 28, 2008

         Committee Chair:     Mark Porath
         Past President:      Greg Pitchford
         Secretary/Treasurer: Cari-Ann Hayer

Action
         Action requested:          None
         Recommended motion:        None
         Minority view:             None
         Background for motion:     None
         Cost:                      None
         Comments:                  None



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Outcomes and Accomplishments

The Ictalurid Technical Committee is co-hosting an international symposium.

                       Conservation, Ecology, and Management of Catfishes:
                               The Second International Symposium
                                         June 19-22, 2010
                                 Millennium Hotel, St. Louis, MO
         In June 2010, ―Conservation, Ecology, and Management of Catfishes: The 2nd
International Catfish Symposium‖ will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. The symposium will be
co-hosted by the Ictalurid Technical Committee of the North Central Division of the American
Fisheries Society (AFS) and the Catfish Management Technical Committee of the Southern
Division of the AFS. The meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information about
the biology, ecology, management, and conservation of worldwide catfish populations and their
habitats. Presentation of research on both game and non-game species will be encouraged. To
attract anglers and provide opportunities for input and interaction, the symposium will be held at
the conclusion of a national catfish angling tournament. The tone of the meeting will be
somewhat casual, combining the scientific aspects of a professional fisheries meeting with the
relaxed atmosphere of a sports show. It is hoped that in this environment, anglers and scientists
will be able to interact openly and progress the management of these important fishes.
Symposium proceedings will again be published in a hard-bound book, this compilation of work
should serve as a valuable reference for many years to come.
         For more information on the symposium visit www.catfish2010.org or contact: Greg
Pitchford, Co-chair (660) 646-6122 or Dave Buckmeier, Co-chair (830) 866-3356 ext. 219.

Other symposium activities include the NCD ITC account serving as the financial accounting
mechanism for this jointly sponsored event. In-Fisherman will sponsor a major fishing
tournament on Saturday June 19 in conjunction with the Catfish meeting, and the tournament
will conclude under the Arch. The NCD and SDAFS catfish committees are seeking workshop
opportunities during the symposium.

The Ictalurid Technical Committee is active in the information exchange found within the AFS
listserve catfish@fisheriessociety.org designed to assist participants engaged in active
applications of catfish management and research. Recent topics have included: trophy catfish
management; current regulations, and age and growth. The ITC page on the NCD website has
been updated and expanded to better meet our member needs. Committee members continue to
contribute information to the Southern Division’s Catfish Management Committee’s web site:
http://www.sdafs.org/catfish/.

Rivers and Streams Technical Committee
       Chair: Lucas Borgstrom
       Past President:
       President Elect:
       Secretary-Treasurer: Kraig McPeek
       Webmaster:




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I.       Action
         Action requested:              None
         Minority View:                 None
         Background for Motion:         None
         Cost:                          None
         Comments:                      None

II.      Outcomes and Accomplishments

      1. Our spring meeting was held at Rock Island, Illinois on March 11 and 12, 2008. We had
         nearly 50 people attend this meeting from at least ten states, and one province. Our first
         order of business was to nominate and elect a chairperson as Steve Pescitelli (Illinois)
         was stepping down after fulfilling his two years in that capacity. I accepted the
         nomination by Kraig McPeek (Illinois) and was the only person nominated. Therefore, I
         am the new chairperson of the RSTC. The meeting consisted of chapter reports from
         Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and
         South Dakota, and Wisconsin as well as a special working session in which Luther
         Aadland from the Minnesota DNR had two presentations concerning fishery response to
         stream restoration. We also had some presentations city, state, federal, and private sector
         representatives from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario all of
         these presentations were concerned with river and/or fish passage restoration. It was
         announced that the Sheepnose mussel (Plethobasus cyphyus) and the Spectaclecase
         mussel (Cumberlandia monodonta) were moving forward as being listed as either
         threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

      2. Our annual winter meeting will be held on December 14, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio in
         conjunction with the 69th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference from 3:00 –
         5:00 PM. We will open the floor for any state reports. We are hoping to have more
         presentations concerned with fish passage restoration, but no firm plans yet.

      3. Future workshops and symposiums for either the spring of 2009 or later.

Please check out our new website at www.ncd-afs.org under NCD Committees for all of the
latest information on the Symposium, state chapter reports, meeting minutes, our current
projects, Chapter Representatives, Who’s Who, and current Committee officers

Walleye Technical Committee
         Donna Hanen Muhm, Chair
         Patrick Hanchin, Immediate Past Chair
         John Kubisiak, Chair-elect
         Donna Hanen Muhm, Secretary

I.       Action
         a. Action requested:                  None
         b. Recommended Motion:                None
         c. Minority View:                     None


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       d. Background Motion:                 None
       e. Cost:                              None

II.    Outcomes or Accomplishments

2007 Winter Meeting
The Walleye Technical Committee met at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in
Madison, Wisconsin on December 9, 2007 for the annual winter meeting under the leadership of
Chair Patrick Hanchin. The first annual Sander award, which is a $100 travel grant from the
WTC to a student enrolled in a college or university for a degree program and involved in
research of interest and allowing said student to attend the Midwest Fish and Wildlife
Conference, was given to Bethany Galster of South Dakota State University. Bethany presented
her research comparing severe food competition between walleye and smallmouth bass at the
conference.

2008 Summer Meeting
The Walleye Technical Committee met in concurrence with the Esocid Technical Committee at
the University of Madison – Kemp Natural Resources Station – Woodruff, Wisconsin on August
5th, 6th, and 7th. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia continues to be an issue in walleye production
across the Midwest, and especially those states identified by the federal order as being at risk.

2009 Winter Meeting
The Walleye Technical Committee will meet at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in
Columbus Ohio on December 14th at 1:00 pm. The second annual Sander award has been given
to Jeremy J. L. Hammen, Research Assistant, Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit,
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Jeremy will present his work on walleye genetic
diversity and stock structure in Wisconsin at the meeting.

2009 Summer Meeting
The summer meeting location has not been determined at this time, but suggestions include
Dubuque, Iowa as budget restrictions might limit out of state travel for many states. Chair-elect
Kubisiak will be assisted in this endeavor by the current chair.

Walleye Synopsis
Bruce Barton was selected and contracted by the Steering Committee as managing editor,
contributing authors have been selected, and work has begun on chapter drafts. There is still a
need for chapter reviewers. Drafts are anticipated by December, with a manuscript completion
date of January 2009. It is estimated that another six months will be required for review and
publishing by AFS. Cover artwork is being solicited and corporate sponsors identified.

Donna Hanen Muhm, Chair
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery
122 252nd Avenue, Spirit Lake IA 51360
712-336-1840; fax 712-336-0921
Donna.muhm@dnr.iowa.gov



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SPECIAL COMMITTEE REPORTS
Janice Lee Fenske Memorial Award
Jessica Mistak, Chair

The purpose of the Janice Lee Fenske Memorial Award is to recognize undergraduate and
graduate students for their achievements in the fields of fisheries or wildlife management and
encourage their participation in professional societies and conferences. An annual award
ceremony is held during the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, with this year’s award
ceremony taking place on December 15 in Columbus, Ohio.

This year’s breakfast will provide the opportunity for 25 student finalists from 13 different
universities and 9 states to network with 25 invited natural resource leaders. Two students will
be individually recognized for their high-level achievements with a $500 scholarship award and
plaque.

This award is made possible through organizational and financial contributions from:
2008 Midwest Steering Committee
AFS- North Central Division, Ohio and Michigan chapters
The Wildlife Society- North Central Section, Ohio and Michigan chapters
Critter Control, Inc.




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