Mission Statement

The Indiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (IAFS) supports the conservation of fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Indiana by promoting professional excellence in fisheries science, management, and education.


On March 13, 1970, a group of 31 fisheries and aquatic professionals met to establish the Indiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Under the chairmanship of Gary Doxtater, the organizational committee of Frank Lockard, Gary Doxtater, Thomas McComish, and George Hansen had already acquired our charter from the parent society, at that time celebrating its 100th anniversary. By-laws were adopted, annual dues were established, meetings were proposed, and officers were elected at the first meeting in Indianapolis.

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