New SFC Committees!
Membership Committee | Meeting Committee
| Website Committee
The significant change in the demography of university biology faculty, namely
fewer people in comparative organismal biology, has really been felt in the
SFC in the past decade. Unfortunately, we have not responded to this trend in
a timely way. Consequently, the SFC is no longer attracting sufficient new student
members and fewer long time members are active. Although the SFC is dedicated
to the conservation of Southeastern fishes and their habitats, the society has
never been an active force in regional conservation.
The three new committees represent the initial leadership response by the society
officers to address these problems. The overall goal is to re-energize the society
by attracting new members, to bring a sense of stability by finding the perfect
venue for our annual meetings, to form new alliances with state DNR agencies
and their non-game programs, and to become an active force promoting the conservation
of Southeastern fishes. These committees address the most exigent needs of the
The Membership Committee is chaired by Hank Bart, Tulane University and past
chair of the society (firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers are needed to help identify and contact all aquatic nongame state
biologists in the SE, all students studying southeastern freshwater fishes (especially
nongame species), all state and federal agency managers charged with conservation
of southeastern fishes and aquatic habitats, all appropriate river conservation
organizations. The SFC should actively engage, contact, attract, and solicit
these individuals to join our ranks. Surely this is the most important of the
new committees and one whose efforts will most likely result in immediate member
Meeting Site Committee
The Southeastern Fishes Council has decided to seek a new venue for its annual
meeting and has informed the Association of Southeastern Biologists that we
will no longer be meeting with them (when the American Society of Ichthyologists
and Herpetologists is not meeting in the southeast). Indeed, finding our right
place has proven challenging; the SFC has considered multiple options but none
seem to have the perfect.
A Meeting Site Committee has been formed and is chaired by Jim Williams (Research
Associate, Florida Museum of Natural History), Gainesville, Florida (email@example.com).
The committee will investigate options that have been suggested by members
and report their findings to the Society. The SFC membership will then have
to decide what is best for our future. Obviously the work of this committee
will significantly influence the future of the SFC. Any member wishing to
help with this important issue, please contact Jim. Volunteerism for the SFC-it's
Websites have become the digital signposts for every type of organization
and are often the 'places' first visited by individuals seeking to learn about
an entity. The website for the Southeastern Fishes Council has been graciously
hosted and maintained by the Fish Collection, University of Florida Museum
of Natural History, with relatively little input from the society. It is time
to let go of the Laissez-faire attitude about our website. To investigate,
design, and implement the website revitalization, a Website Committee has
been formed and is chaired by Jake Schaefer, University of Southern Mississippi
are needed to help with this endeavor.
The vision for the new dynamic website includes extensive and creative use
of vivid imagery of Southeastern fishes and their habitats to make the site
inherently attractive. The goal is to create a website that is informative
about the society and the fauna it represents. Many ideas have been suggested,
e.g., posting a regularly updated list of Southeastern freshwater fishes,
with each species linked to a high quality image (the goal) that may be downloaded.
Individuals with expertise in the composition and distribution of the fauna,
with technical knowledge of website design and maintenance, and with artistic
ability are needed. The committee has already instigated a new domain name
for the society: sefishescouncil.org.