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Senior Advisory Councils Decision - Emergency Committee for the 2023-2024 Term

Until now, the Korean Chapter (KC) has been trying to overcome the decline in chapter members. Due to the recent COVID-19 situation, Chapter activities have not been carried out usually. In addition, the general business meetings have not been held for three years due to mandatory social distance regulations. Under the pandemic, the term 2021-22 election of officers was conducted by email vote with the recommendation of the Senior Advisory Council (SAC) composed of Jeong-Yeol Lee, Seung-Cheol Charles Bai, and Seok-Joong Kang.

Currently, no officers are elected for the term 2023-2024. Accordingly, the SAC recognized the current situation as an emergency and decided to temporarily operate the KC by converting it into a Four-Member Emergency Committee, including three members of the SAC and the immediate past president, Ik Kyo Chung, to overcome the current situation. The Emergency Committee operates all chapter activities under a collective system. In particular, the Emergency Committee strives to restore the number of members to normal and prepare improvement plans through revision of the Bylaws and put the chapter on the standard track until Professor Han-Kyu Lim, recommended as the president of the 25-26 term, begins his time.

The current chapter situation was recognized as an emergency in which normal branch activities were challenging with the president's efforts alone. Therefore, the contents of the current bylaws, such as BYLAW 4. OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY, BYLAW 5. DUTIES OF OFFICERS, BYLAW 7. BOARD OF DIRECTORS, and others, would be temporarily suspended. The Emergency Committee manages the KC activities, a collective system to carry out chapter work under a coordinated strategy.

The KC hopes that the Board of Directors of the World Aquaculture Society will approve the KC request and ask for active support for the activities of the Emergency Committee, which will restore the KC to normal conditions.