International AFS Members and International Guests,
The International Fisheries Section (IFS) of the American Fisheries Society invites you to attend the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), which will be held in beautiful Seattle, Washington, USA, 4–8 September 2011.
We are assembling a high-quality technical program, which will be augmented by exciting social events, entertainment, a trade show, excursions, and professionally enriching continuing education courses. The program will comprise over 1000 oral and poster presentations in symposium, contributed paper, and poster-session formats. The early registration period will extend from about 1 May to 29 July 2011 (the final dates have not yet been set); after this date, registration costs will increase.
We have been contacted by numerous foreign students, professors, scholars, and scientists who have expressed interest in attending the 2011 AFS meeting. For those foreign citizens who would like to attend the meeting, advance planning is very important. Please see the attached document for information on visas. A valid passport is required of all people entering the United States. Foreign citizens who are from one of the 27 countries in the Visa Waiver Program, and who meet the visa waiver criteria for individuals, will not require a U.S. visa to enter the United States. Individuals from countries not listed in the Visa Waiver Program will need to obtain a visa if they do not already have one. For these individuals, it is recommended that they apply for a visa as soon as possible, and at least 3 to 4 months in advance of the meeting (by 1 May 2011) in order to receive a visa in time for proposed travel dates to the United States. Each person will need to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in his or her country of residence to determine visa application procedures and timelines. An interview is required for most visa applicants.
The American Fisheries Society is supportive of efforts by foreign guests to attend AFS meetings. All presenters will be notified by 15 April about whether their abstract has been accepted or not, and whether it is to be presented in oral or poster format. If requested, AFS will provide a letter of support to those foreign citizens whose abstracts have been accepted, and who have paid their registration in full. To request a support letter please email the AFS Executive Director, Gus Rassam, at grassam [at] fisheries.org. The letter will be addressed to the Visa Services Office; it will provide information on the 2011 AFS meeting program and conference activities; and it will clearly state that the applicant has been invited to present a paper at the conference and has paid his or her registration fee in full. Travel grant applications are also available through the International Section of the AFS for international scientists presenting a paper at the AFS meeting; applications are due by 31 March 2011 (http://www.fisheries.org/units/ifs/IFSEndowment.html)
Any foreign citizen who has paid their registration in full but is unable to attend the conference will be refunded their registration fee no later than 31 October 2011. Refunds will be by credit card only.
You are invited to come to the 2011 AFS meeting to share your work and experiences as a fisheries professional representing your country. Seattle is a beautiful cosmopolitan city in the northwest United States. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport offers connecting flights to countries all over the world. Please take time to explore the conference web site to view details on the meeting program, registration and accommodations, and the exciting assortment of social activities planned for meeting participants. We want you to come! You’ll not only find the experience personally rewarding, but will help make this year’s meeting a huge success.
For additional information about the International Fisheries Section, please visit us on the web, Join our Group on Facebook, or email the IFS Outreach Coordinator, Brian Bellgraph (brian.bellgraph [at] gmail.com).