Ichthyological Society (GIS) held its eighth annual meeting 27-29
September 1996 at the Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport,
Oregon. Resurrected in 1989 from the Gilbert Fisheries Society, a
short-lived organization founded in 1931 at the then Department of
Fisheries, University of Washington (see Copeia 1931:71), the GIS
is named for celebrated ichthyologist Charles Henry Gilbert (1859-1928),
who either by himself or as coauthor (most often with David Starr Jordan)
was responsible for the discovery and naming of approximately 117 new
genera and about 620 new species of fishes, including about 25% of the
fish fauna of Washington and Oregon. The primary purpose of the GIS is
to foster communication in the Pacific Northwest concerning all things
The 1996 meeting was
attended by some 38 people from Washington, Oregon,
California, and British Columbia. Morgan S. Busby was elected President
for 1997, and J. Andres Lopez, Vice-President for 1996. Eight new
fellows were added to the society, bringing the total membership to
Papers were presented by P. Bayley,
S. A. Berkeley, S. Bobko, J. Dunham,
R. A. Fritzsche, M. A. Hixon, M. R. Jennings, A. W. Kendall Jr., J.
Laufle, D. F. Markle, J. W. Orr, C. Slater, S. Sogard, D. W. Wagman, H.
J. Weeks, and R. White. The banquet address was given by J. Andres Lopez
of the University of Washington, who presented results from the 1996
Kuril Islands International Expedition.
year's meeting will be held jointly with the Annual Meeting of the
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Seattle,
Washington. For more information about the society, see the GIS homepage
on the Internet, availabe through ARTEDI, the University of Washington
Fish Collection's web server, at http://artedi.washington.edu or contact D. W. Wagman,
Secretary, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Nash Hall 104, Oregon
State University, Oregon 97331-3803.