2019 Meeting – Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN

February 26-28, 2019

Tennessee Aquarium

Chattanooga, TN


Usual technical sessions will begin at 1 pm on February 27 in the River Journey Auditorium at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN.

Registration rates:

Professional: $60 through February 1, $70 thereafter, $85 day of meeting.

Student and Retiree early bird: $35 through February 1, $40 thereafter

or send a check to:

Shawna Mitchell

175 Baylor School Rd

Chattanooga, TN 37405


  • A registration form will also need to be sent to Shawna Mitchell smitchell@tnaqua.org (or brought to the meeting) to complete your registration. Download that form HERE or see attached.


Deadline to submit abstracts is February 1, 2019. We are accepting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. Oral presentations should be no more than 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.

– Student presenters are invited to compete for the Best Student Paper and Poster Awards (1st-3rd prizes for both).

– Professional presenters are invited to compete for the Best Symposium Paper and Poster Awards (1st prizes for both).

– All abstracts and questions about the meeting should be submitted to Brandon Simcox (Brandon.simcox@tn.gov).

– Please use the following formatting guidelines for all abstract submissions:

TITLE OF PRESENTATION (bold upper case letters)
Author(s) names (last name followed by first name and initials).

Presenting author’s name underlined
Full professional address(es) (no academic titles or official positions)
E-mail address of presenting author
Text of the abstract (250 word limit)
Oral Paper / Symposium / Poster (Please indicate which is preferred)



A rate of $107 per room (the per diem rate for Chattanooga) has been negotiated with the Holiday Inn & Suites in Downtown Chattanooga, TN located two blocks from the Tennessee Aquarium.  A link with reservation information can be found HERE. If you make a phone reservation, please call the following number and reference:

Phone (423-777-5858): Reference – TN Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Address: 434 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Please be sure to use the link or phone number provided above when making this reservation as they will not change the rate upon check-in!

RESERVATION CUTOFF is February 1, 2019




We are excited to again offer optional Continuing Education Workshops to attendees! Courses offered will be Tuesday, February 26th and Wednesday morning, February 27th at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) office building.  Workshops will consist of everything you need to know about Fish Age & Growth (Tuesday), and a Fish ID Refresher (Wednesday AM).

Fish Age and Growth I (Tuesday 8am-12pm)

Instructor: Dr. Brenda Pracheil, Oak Ridge National Lab

This course will provide participants with instruction on using calcified structures for fisheries management and conservation. The morning session will discuss structure removal and preparation techniques, resources for supporting age and growth studies, and hands-on instruction of how to read a variety of calcified structures of fish including otoliths, fin rays, scales, and jaw bones from a variety of freshwater fish species. Application of data from calcified structures will be discussed including age and growth analyses and microchemistry will be introduced.

Fish Age and Growth II (Tuesday 1pm-5pm)

Instructor: Dr. Brenda Pracheil, Oak Ridge National Lab

The afternoon session will be spent on analysis of age and growth data. Participants will learn how to back-calculate length at age, construct and interpret Von Bertalanffy growth curves, and create age-length keys. Data and image analysis will use free, downloadable software. Participants will need to have laptops with ImageJ, R Studio, and R (should download automatically from R Studio) installed. Participants do NOT need to have previous ImageJ or R experience.

ImageJ:  https://imagej.nih.gov/ij/

R Studio https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/



Fish Identification (Wednesday 8am-12pm)

Instructor: Dr. Bernie Kuhajda, Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute

This course will help participants brush-up on their fish identification skills including difficult to identify species. Participants will use archived fish samples and will be instructed by field-biologists that will highlight key characteristics needed to identify fish in the field.

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