Steve’s Vision for the AIFRB: AIFRB should continue to provide all members with frequent opportunities to interact with other accomplished fisheries research biologists.
The primary challenge to AIFRB is maintaining the momentum that was generated from recent efforts and investments in symposia, awards and regional meetings. AIFRB products, ranging from memorable District dinners to benchmark publications, are the best way to maintain and expand membership, activities and budgets. Recent AIFRB accomplishments were achieved by a relatively small group of people who are dedicated to promoting the Institute.
If AIFRB is to grow and have expanded benefits to members, leadership of the Institute will need to be distributed, so that more initiatives with broader impact are led by a larger group of members. The AIFRB Board will continue to be responsible for governance of the Institute, but a second tier of leadership should be promoted in which members can contribute to local, regional or international projects according to their interests and skills. An active and productive Institute should have effective governance that is able to provide funding to districts so that they in turn can feed back new members and contributions to the Institute as a whole. I will strive to maintain the initiatives and accomplishments of past Presidents and lead AIFRB in the provision of quality programs for an expanded network of fisheries research biologists.