The Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship is expecting a particularly interesting annual meeting Feb. 23.
“It’s going to be a big deal for us,” NAPS’s president Bill Estell said Sunday. “We are going to have speakers representing all the fisheries of the Northern Neck.”
Estell said that one of NAPS’s primary objectives is education and that while most people are aware that the area has a fishing industry, many do not know what is really involved in its various aspects. To help familiarize them with those aspects, NAPS has arranged to have Dr. Roger L. Mann, Director of Research and Advisory Services for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) serve as keynote speaker at the meeting. He will give an overview of the Bay and its tributaries and then representatives of the different fisheries will talk and answer questions. “We will have oystermen, crabbers, pound netters and people from the menhaden industry,” Estell said. He added that they would also try and have a charter captain come to talk about that business.
Estell noted that he expects a good turn out from NAPS 200-strong membership but he hopes a lot of other folks will attend the meeting, too.
In addition to the program, the group will have a regular business meeting and elect officers for the coming year. Estell said that a highlight for 2013 will NAPS creek clean-up on the Little Wicomico River. The organization conducted stream clean-ups for a number of years and then stopped for several years. They have been reinstituted and have proved popular.
The meeting will be on Feb.23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the Heathsville United Methodist Church.