The chief objective of AIFRB is to foster professional development and performance of its members, and to recognize their competence and achievements. The Institute was incorporated to advance the theory and practice of fishery science and thereby to promote the conservation and wise utilization of natural resources, and to establish and maintain high professional standards through recognition of achievement and adherence to a code of ethics, known as Principles of Professional Conduct for Fishery Biologists. The Membership consists of professional scientists of proven achievement in the field of fishery biology who, by meeting certain standards of achievement, may attain the rank of Associate, Member or Fellow; AIFRB encourages student membership as well. Presently, the Institute includes approximately 1,000 fishery biologists from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as other nations.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT ACTIVITIES
The Southern California & Baja California, Mexico District of the AIFRB conducts two to four dinner business meetings per year that includes a presentation of a topic of interest to the members. The student winner of this AIFRB award may be invited to present his or her talk to the District membership. The meetings are typically held at the El Adobe Restaurant in San Juan Capistrano, centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. The District sponsors awards for excellence in fisheries work at both the student and professional level, hosts an annual BBQ and silent auction to raise District funds and promote membership, occasionally sponsors fisheries symposia and workshops, and attends the National Board of Control meetings.
The AIFRB is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN 91-2145620). In planning your charitable contributions this year, please consider making a donation to our District to help build our student scholarship and award programs. Your donation check (payable to American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists) can be sent to: Heather Gliniak, Secretary-Treasurer, AIFRB Southern California & Baja California, Mexico District, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4665 Lampson Ave, Suite C, Los Alamitos, CA 90720.
For more information on local meetings and activities, contact the District Director, Kim Anthony, Southern California Edison, 1218 South 5th Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016, Kim.Anthony@sce.com.