The SNEC was established in 1968 and to provide regional support in the States of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island for the American Fisheries Society.
Established in 1968, the Southern New England Chapter is one of many American Fisheries Society Chapters created to provide regional support for the objectives of the parent society. The AFS is the oldest and largest scientific group dedicated to the advancement of fisheries science and the conservation of renewable aquatic resources.
The chapter has a more parochial objective which is to encourage exchange of information by members of the Society residing or working within Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. This exchange occurs primarily through annual June and December meetings held in various locations throughout southern New England. Both events are important occasions to relate ideas, sharpen a paper for later publication, meet new people, renew friendships, and perhaps find a job.
The chapter “membership” automatically includes all AFS members in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. AFS members in other states may become chapter members if they feel the chapter best suits their needs. Meetings are also open to AFS non-members who are encouraged to join and participate. Non-members cannot vote on matters pertaining to chapter business.
Chapter memberships run for the calendar year.
The chapter has two categories of membership:
•Regular members are dues-paying parent society members who pay both their parent society and their $5 chapter dues through the American Fisheries Society.
•Individuals and organizations may joint the chapter as affiliate members by paying $10 annually to the Chapter secretary-treasurer. Affiliate members are not required to maintain a membership with the parent society, but are also prohibited from standing for election or holding and elected office in the chapter and voting in chapter elections.
All memberships operate on a calendar year basis. Chapter dues are used for a variety of purposes including meeting production costs, newsletter production, support of student and professional awards, and other professional activities.