Solomons, Maryland

March 21-23, 2013




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Meeting Highlights

by Mike Wilberg

We are fresh off the 27th annual meeting of the Tidewater Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. This year’s meeting was held March 21-23 in Solomons, MD. We had over 90 attendees from four states (Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina) and the District of Columbia. Attendees represented 23 academic, government, and non-governmental organizations.

The meeting kicked off on Thursday afternoon at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) with a continuing education course, taught by Laura Lee, on comparing and selecting growth models. The course was approved by the parent society’s committee on continuing education, so that participants were able to use the course in support of the continuing education requirements of AFS certification. The Executive Committee also met Thursday afternoon, which was followed by the poster social in the CBL Bernie Fowler Laboratory. 

Friday featured a full day of presentations and the student-mentor lunch, followed by the awards ceremony and business meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons. Tom O’Connell, Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service, was the keynote speaker. After the business meeting, the meeting continued at the banquet at Solomons Island Yacht Club with an enthusiastic raffle that was emceed by members of the CBL student subunit. The meeting concluded with a half day of talks on Saturday. 

Presentation and poster topics ranged from fish biology topics, such as a comparison of otolith chemistry in summer flounder, to social networks in the spiny dogfish trade. Locations of research ranged from Puerto Rico to New England, mountain streams to the coastal ocean, and covered a continuum of scales from individual streams to global analyses.



includes Presidential remarks, photo links, and award winners.




The meeting would not have been possible without the efforts and support of many individuals and organizations. Thank you to all our meeting sponsors including Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Maryland Sea Grant, and Vemco, Inc. Also, the meeting would not have been possible without the help of the CBL student subunit and the staff at CBL who set up all the Thursday events. 


Dave Secor

Meritorious Service Award

Kent Mountford

Conservation Award

Vic Kennedy

Excellence in Fisheries Education Award

Jacob Boyd

Outgoing Chapter President’s Certificate

Mike Wilberg

Incoming President’s Coveted Oyster Toadfish

Danielle Zaveta

Presidential Award

Andre Buchheister, First Place

Cory Janiak, Second Place

Eileen Setzler-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship Award


A total of 27 presentations were evaluated and scored by the judges: 14 posters and 13 oral papers.

Student Oral Presentation Awards:

First Place: Deena Anderson, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

“Size-selective patterns of juvenile red drum mortality as a result of variable winter severity.”

Second Place: David Kazyak, University of Maryland, Appalachian Laboratory

“Growth variation in a Mid-Atlantic brook trout population.”

Third Place (tie): Sarah Rains, University of Maryland, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

“Effects of sex ratio on sperm limitation for blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.”

Third Place (tie): Anto Kajajian, Old Dominion University

“Is the otolith chemistry within the sagittal pair of the summer flounder the same?”

Student Poster Presentation Awards:

First Place: Tim Ellis, North Carolina University

“Experimental determination of cold tolerance in spotted seatrout”

Second Place: Casey Grieshaber, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

“Seasonal physiological changes in maturing southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma.”

Third Place (tie): Symone Johnson, Delaware State University

“Building a conservation plan for sand tigers (Carcharias taurus) in Delaware Bay.”

Third Place (tie): Chad Smith, East Carolina University

“What does the public know about water quality? Using cultural consensus analysis to determine differences in knowledge of water quality between volunteers of citizen-based water quality monitoring programs and the general public.”