The American Fisheries Society is a worldwide organization of professional fishery scientists. Founded in 1870, the society is the world's oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources. The mission of the Society and the Idaho Chapter is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by 1) advancing fisheries and aquatic science and 2) promoting the development of fisheries professionals.
The ICAFS grant, which was first awarded in 2007, is intended to continue the Idaho Chapter's legacy of fostering the development of fish and aquatic professionals and is awarded annually to high school and college students enrolled at any school in Idaho. The purpose of the grant is to help students carry out activities consistent with the mission of the Idaho Chapter. This may include conducting research; implementing education projects; attending a professional conference, workshop, or training; or other activities. Applicants are accepted anytime during the year.