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It's time to start thinking about the next Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, which will be held February 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Presentations and symposia ideas are currently being accepted! Interested in submitting a symposia idea for the 75th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference? Submit an abstract by June 13, 2014 to be considered! Click here for more information.
Just announced: Foundations of Fisheries Science - The new AFS book highlights the classic and critical works associated with fisheries management. With input from fisheries professionals and students from around the world, the editors selected 43 full-text articles along with 30 “honorable mention” citations (with associated abstracts) that have helped to mold the discipline of fisheries science.  It is on sale at the AFS bookstore.
The AFS and NCD leaders are saddened to learn of the loss of Dave Willis, distinguished professor at South Dakota State University, due to complications of heart surgery. Dave was an extraordinary scientist, teacher, and colleague, as well as a dedicated member of AFS. He co-authored and edited several AFS books; served on at least 41 committees; was president of the North Central Division, Fisheries Management Section, and Kansas Chapter; and served as an associate editor of the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. His many AFS honors include the President’s Fishery Conservation Award, Meritorious Service Award, Excellence in Fisheries Education Award, Excellence in Public Outreach Award, and induction into the Fisheries Management Hall of Excellence.  AFS Executive Director Doug Austen said, “Dave Willis has had an immense impact on the fisheries profession and probably thousands of students over the years, including me. His ongoing contributions to fisheries management, education, and AFS will be sorely missed.”
Thank you for your review of the AFS NCD draft Strategic Plan. Thirty-eight members voted with 36 voting to adopt, one abstaining and one voting to reopen discussion. Therefore, approval of the plan passed with greater than a two-thirds vote. Please feel free to relate your unit strategic plans and actions to the AFS NCD approved strategic plan, as appropriate. You may also refer to the Survey Report for input from the NCD members on the current context of fisheries planning in the region.

The revised North Central Division Bylaws, Rules and Procedural Manual has now been approved by our members and the parent society's governing board. 
Are you interested in getting more involved with AFS?  The North Central Division is currently working on putting together a new continuing education committee for the division, and are looking to take CE in the NCD to the next level!  The goals for the committee for the next year will be:
1)      Identify CE needs and interests among NCD members.
2)      Plan CE workshops for the 2015 Midwest Fish and Wildlife meeting.
3)      Explore options for expanding CE opportunities for NCD members outside of the annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife meeting.
Please note that attendance at the Midwest meeting would not be required to be part of this committee.  Also, student involvement would be welcomed!  If you are interested in serving on this committee or would like more information, please contact Melissa Wuellner, NCD First Vice President by email ( or phone (605-688-5963) by Friday, July 20th.
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