Southeastern Fishes Council
Dedicated to the Conservation of Southeastern Fishes

Auburn University Museum Fish Collection Resolution
for consideration at the 21st Annual Business Meeting Knoxville, TN, April 1995
Whereas the Southeastern Fishes Council is dedicated to the preservation of southeastern fishes and the resources upon which proper study of fish biology depends,

Whereas Auburn University has a long tradition of research and teaching in basic ichthyology, the nucleus of which is the Auburn University Museum Fish Collection,

Whereas the Auburn University Museum Fish Collection is an important ichthyological research resource - especially for ichthyological research in the southeastern United States, with holdings (among them paratypes of species such as Scaphirhynchus sutticusi, Notropis cahabae and Fundulus julisia) that have been used in countless studies dating back to the 1940's, and are still actively in use today,

Whereas a collection the size and importance of the Auburn University Museum Fish Collection needs a permanent curator, and yet, the collection has been without a curator since December 1991,

Whereas knowledge in ichthyology is important not only to students in the basic sciences at Auburn University, but also to students in the internationally renowned Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures Program, yet expertise in basic ichthyology has also been lacking since December 1991.

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Southeastern Fishes Council urges the Auburn University Administration to hire a basic ichthyologist to care for and maintain the Auburn University Fish Collection, and to continue the university's long tradition of ichthyological training and research.

Be It Futher Resolved that copies of this resolution be sent to the President of Auburn University, the University Provost, the Director of the Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station, Deans of the colleges of Agriculture and Sciences and Mathematics, and Chairs of the departments of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and Zoology and Wildlife Science.