The 2018 annual meeting will be held at the Auburn University E.W. Shell Fisheries Station in Auburn Alabama on January 30th to February 1st, 2018. Registration starts on January 30, 2018 at 11:00 am and the meeting will adjourn on Thursday, February 1, at 1:30 pm when the business meeting concludes.
For those of us who took the electrofishing course in 2011 at Lake Eufaula, Mr. Alan Temple or one of his associates has agreed to come down from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Training Center and give us an 8 hour “refresher course” on the principles and techniques of electrofishing. For the biologists and pond managers who have not had any formal training in the principles and techniques of electrofishing, I highly recommend this 8 hour course. Albeit, Alan will not be able to cover everything in 8 hours, it will give you some idea on how to be more efficient and effective with your gear on the water. A one day $50 registration fee will be applied if you do not or cannot attend the entire meeting and you only want to register for the EF class. In order to participate there will be REQUIRED pre-registration for the course.
We will have a fish fry social at the North Auburn Pavilion the 1st night. 2nd night, the banquet will be at the big red barn on campus (ALFA Farmer’s Pavilion) where our members will be able to network and share their thoughts with others in their respected fields of study. We will also have prizes and a grand raffle prize given away at the end of the meeting on Thursday, which you have to be present to win. A big thanks to our sponsors to help us pull that off!
Take a look at the sessions and if anyone has information they would like to share in one of our sessions, please feel free to reach out to me and I can tell you who is moderating that session. We have mostly filled the sessions up, but will be glad to accommodate anyway we can.
Tuesday, January 30
- 11:00 am – Registration Opens
- 1:00 pm – Welcome and Opening Remarks
- 1:10 – 4:30 pm – Session I – Biodiversity and Bio-monitoring
- 6:00 pm – Fish Fry and Social
Wednesday, January 31
- 7:30-4:00 – Registration
- 7:30-8:30 – Breakfast
- 8:00-5:00 Electrofishing Principles & Techniques
- 8:00 – 11:30 am – Session II – Aquaculture
- 11:30 – 1:00 pm – Lunch (on your own)
- 1:00 – 4:30 pm Session III – Coastal Resources
- 6:00 pm – Banquet at ALFA Pavilion
Thursday, February 1
- 7:30-8:00 – Breakfast
- 8:00 – 10:00 am – Session IV – Lakes & Reservoirs
- 10:20 – 12:00 – Session V – Watershed Management & Protection
- 12:00 – 1:30 pm – AFA Business Meeting and Grand Raffle (lunch provided)
- 2:00 pm – Adjourn
I would also like to inform every one of the scholarship opportunities AFA has to offer. We have one undergraduate and graduate scholarship we offer every year. More details can be found on our AFA webpage: http://alfish.org/.
Look forward to seeing everyone in January and please share with any of your colleagues who might be interested!
Best regards, Cal C. Johnson, AFA President