BY-LAWS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF FISHERIES ECONOMISTS
As Amended by the NAAFE Board of Directors
September 16, 2013
SECTION 1. PURPOSE
The purpose of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists (hereinafter referred to as NAAFE) shall be to facilitate communication among North American fisheries and aquaculture economists in industry, academia, government and other areas; to promote dialogue between economists and others interested in fisheries and aquaculture; and to advance fisheries and aquaculture economics and its useful applications.
SECTION 2. QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS
Membership in the Association is open to any individual or Institution upon payment of a membership fee as set by the NAAFE Board of Directors. A quorum for member meetings shall be those present and those participating in an election, and actions shall be taken by approval of a majority of those members in attendance and participating. An election of officers may comprise the annual general meeting in odd-numbered years. In even numbered years, the Board may elect to direct the Executive Director to prepare and circulate to all members an annual report, in lieu of a meeting. Circulation of documents and ballots may be in print or by telecommunication. Any written ballots will comply with Oregon Revised Statute 65.222
SECTION 3. TERM OF MEMBERSHIP YEAR
The membership year begins at the end of the biennial Forum; membership fees shall normally be collected for a two-year period from Forum participants..
SECTION 4. BIENNIAL FISHERIES ECONOMICS FORUM
The membership will meet every other year at a location determined by the Board of Directors, alternating among different regions of North America.
SECTION 5: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The North American Association of Fisheries Economists shall be governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of a President, President-Elect, Treasurer and two additional members. The President and President-Elect will be elected by the membership. The Treasurer will be selected by the Board of Directors itself, from among its three non-presidential members. The President-Elect will serve as Board Secretary.
SECTION 6: ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS
The Board of Directors shall request nominations and conduct elections. The Board of Directors shall be elected by a vote of the membership every two years, for a term of four years, in alternating groups of two and three members. The President Elect shall serve the first 2 years of his/her term as president-elect, then become president for the final 2 years. The treasurer will be selected from among the Board members. In order to establish the rotation, the initial election will select three officers for 4 year terms and 2 officers for 2 year terms. New officers shall take office at the end of the Forum following their election. Elections may be held by printed ballot or by telecommunication.
SECTION 7. QUORUM OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
A majority of the total number of Board of Directors will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Action by the Board may be taken by affirmative vote of a majority of those in attendance. Any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors may be held by telephone or telecommunications so long as all directors participating may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting.
SECTION 8. AMENDMENT OF THE BY-LAWS
The by-laws may be amended by vote of four members of the Board of Directors.
SECTION 9. Business Office
A Business Office shall be established to carry out the daily business of the organization.
SECTION 10. AFFILIATION WITH OTHER PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
The Board of Directors may vote to establish an affiliation with other professional organizations such as the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET). The Board shall determine the purpose and nature of such affiliations.