Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Idaho Chapter
American Fisheries Society
2022 Annual Meeting

2022 ICAFS Annual Meeting
"Removing Barriers: Opening pathways to the fisheries profession"

Join us March 1-4, 2022 Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Events Center in Fort Hall and LIVE online.

Meeting Format

To accommodate those who will be unable to travel to the meeting, we will provide a virtual attendance option. The plenary session, all contributed oral presentations, and the business meeting will be livestreamed. Committee meetings will also accommodate remote and in-person attendees in real time. Virtual attendees will have the opportunity to give presentations remotely, and sessions will mix remote and in-person presentations live and in real-time. Remote attendees will be able to ask questions of in-person presenters and vice versa. We will not use any pre-recorded presentations! However, some workshops and events will be held in a virtual-only format, and some workshops and events will be held only in person. Fundraising will have both in-person and virtual components, with the latter being delivered on the same GiveSmart platform the fundraising committee successfully used in 2021 to set a new all-time fundraising record. Let's see if we can beat that record with the hybrid format in 2022! Logistical details will be forthcoming.

Covid Policy

For those attending in person, the ICAFS EXCOM has adopted the following policy.

The Idaho Chapter American Fisheries Society (ICAFS) is committed to providing a safe environment at its 2022 annual meeting. We are currently planning a hybrid meeting and will institute appropriate Covid-19 safety measures for in-person attendees. ICAFS will adhere to any and all safety measures mandated, in priority order, by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel, and appropriate state and local entities at the time of the meeting. We will post final safety measures prior to the deadline for early in-person registration, roughly three weeks before the meeting. In determining a safety protocol for the meeting, ICAFS will also consider CDC guidelines in place at the time of the meeting, as well as guidance from the parent society.


Virtually Workshop

Diverse perspectives on the current and emerging state of aquaculture in Idaho

February 25, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., virtual only
Organized by Aquaculture Committee
For this workshop, the Aquaculture Committee would like to expose you to a diversity of fish culture programs and perspectives from around the state of Idaho. We hope this will serve as an educational tool to new and tenured fish culture professionals who are looking to supplement their understanding of how we got to where we are and where we are heading.

In-Person Workshops (no virtual option)

Cultural Competency and Relevancy

Tuesday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Led by Sammy and Jessica Matsaw
In the sciences so much is lost in communication, when communicating is the heart of the work scientists do as managers and researchers in natural resources. The nuance in language is not lost in nomenclature, taxonomy, and so on; however, in everyday speaking with people from different ideas, backgrounds, and ways of knowing there is a lack of understanding. In this workshop we will enhance awareness of biases, communication skills, and the disparities between cultural knowledges. This workshop is not an be-all and end-all rather a starting point for ongoing self-work and labor to sustainably lift one's own awareness evolving towards social and environmental justice.

Inclusion in the Workplace: Practical Strategies for Consideration

Tuesday, March 2, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Led by Tasha Souza
This interactive workshop will offer participants the opportunity to explore the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and how they can play a role in creating a more inclusive work environment. In particular, participants will be able to analyze and identify inclusion strategies most relevant to their position and role in fisheries agencies. In addition, the ways in which DEI plays a role in interactions, hiring, and decision making will be discussed.

AFS Meeting Code of Conduct

As you know, the American Fisheries Society has a Code of Conduct for participants in all AFS activities, including Chapter meetings. The AFS Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee (EPCC) is responsible for handling complaints related to potential violations of the Code of Conduct, while helping to ensure consistent treatment of members across all AFS units. The EPCC has created an online reporting form for meeting attendees to submit complaints directly to the EPCC chair. The Idaho Chapter will appoint someone to serve as an in-person contact during the meeting. We will provide more information once that person has been appointed. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the Code of Conduct. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to ensure a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AFS staff. .