TCAFS Annual Meeting January 17-19, 2008
by Tim Bonner
Texas Chapter AFS annual meeting will be held at Texas Tech
University-Junction on January 17-19, 2008. The theme for the Plenary Session is Native fish conservation and game fish management—Conflict or Compatibility.
The meeting will consist of a kayak float trip on the South Llano River, two Continuing Education courses, and an evening social on Thursday, a plenary session, contributed session, and our banquet/auction on Friday, and a contributed session and TCAFS business meeting on Saturday. See below information on program overview, registration, and lodging to help plan your trip.
Kayak Float Trip (Thursday, Jan 17, 10:00A)—Float a
5-mile stretch of the South Llano River in one-man or two-man kayaks. Bring your own kayak and fishing gear if you like. The lazy float will cover some prime Guadalupe bass and largemouth bass habitats. In addition, Texas State University faculty and graduate students will be tracking radio-tagged Guadalupe bass and conducting stream habitat and fish surveys. You are welcome to join the crew to learn some of the latest techniques in tracking and stream surveys.
Reserve your kayak with Janet Wisian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by January 10, 2007 or if you have any questions, please call Janet at
Continuing Education Seminar (Thursday, 3:00-5:00P)–Modeling
Game and Non-game Species – Assessing Flow Dependent Needs with Dr. Thom Hardy-Utah State University. This continuing education course will introduce the concepts and technical approaches for assessing flow dependent physical habitat relationships of stream dwelling fish species. The seminar will provide an overview of management issues related to flow regimes where game and non-game species are of mutual concern. This will then be expanded to examine technical approaches that allow resource managers the ability to evaluate the flow dependent spatial characteristics of physical habitat for multi-species assemblages that can provide insights on flow regimes that provide suitable/unsuitable conditions for specific components of the fish community.
Evening Social (Thursday, 7:00 – 11:00 PM) — Dinner
and drinks will be provided.
Plenary Session (Friday, 8:00- 10:00A) — Native
Fish Conservation and Game Fish Management—Conflict or Compatibility. Robert W. Clarkson and others published an intriguing and stimulating essay on the conflicts between native fish and non-native sport fishes management in Arizona
(Clarkson, R. W., P. C. Marsh, S. E. Stefferud, and J. A. Stefferud. 2005.
Conflicts between native fish and nonnative sport fish management in the southwestern United States. Fisheries 30:20-27). The essay highlights the problems associated with conserving natural resources and providing angling opportunities. Mr. Clarkson will be the first speaker followed by Phil Bettoli (Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, Tennessee Tech University) and Jackie Watson (Utah Division of Fish and Wildlife), who will present information
on their respective state agency attempt to minimize conflicts between native fish conservation and sport fish management.
Registration includes access to all technical sessions, continuing education workshops, float trip, Friday & Saturday breakfast, Thursday night Student/Professional Mixer, and Friday night
banquet. The deadline for early registration is January 3, 2008.
Lodging – Dorm rooms at the Junction Campus are as follows:
**The rooms are of two types. “Suites” (3-4 people to a
room) with one bathroom per two rooms. The suites rent for $50 per night, which can be split among those sharing a suite.
**The second type of rooms are “Study units”, which have
two rooms, each of which accommodates 8 people. There are two bathrooms in each study unit. These rent for $160 per night. Linens are not provided.
Days Inn is offering a special rate for all TCAFS participants:
111 Martinez (I-10 exit 457), Junction, TX (325) 446-3730
Single (King size bed) $49.00 + tax per night
Double (2 double beds) $54.00 + tax per night