Tue Feb 14: NC Freshwater Mussels Workgroup meeting (Free, but RSVP to Rachael Hoch at NCWRC)
Wed Feb 15: NCAFS meeting: Morning: Continuing Educ Workshop: Freshwater Mussel ID and Ecology
Afternoon: AFS Presentations, Evening: Oyster Roast social
Thu Feb 16: Morning: AFS Presentations, Afternoon: Business meeting
NCAFS Meeting registration is $80 for professionals, $50 for students & retirees. Contin Ed Workshop registration is $15 for NCAFS members, $20 for non-members. Please note the following changes & reminders for 2017:
- You may join or renew your NCAFS membership as part of registration. If you would like to pay your dues separately, visit our online membership form here. Both allow either electronic or mail-in submission & payment.
- Deadline for registration fees is February 1st, 2017. A late fee of $10 will be added to all registration costs after this date & the form will be updated to reflect the added cost.
Continuing Educ Workshop: Topic: Freshwater Mussels 101: An Introduction to Freshwater Mussel Biology & Identification
Instructors: Tim Savidge (Three Oaks Engineering), Tyler Black & Rachael Hoch (NCWRC)
Workshop Fee: $15 for NCAFS members, $20 for non-members Course Capacity: 40 people
- North America has the highest diversity of freshwater mussels in the world with approximately 300 native species in the United States, over 60 of which occur in North Carolina. Unfortunately, roughly two-thirds of freshwater mussels in North Carolina are considered imperiled, making these animals & their habitats conservation priorities. Additionally, mussels are a vital component of ecosystems serving as bio-indicators, natural filters, food resources, & ecosystem engineers. However, positive identification of freshwater mussels can be problematic due to plasticity in morphological characters. Proper identification & understanding of the life history requirements of freshwater mussels are essential for the conservation of this imperiled faunal group. Thus, the goals of this workshop are to introduce participants to freshwater mussel biology & teach the skills needed to identify species in North Carolina. We will start with a lecture format to discuss life history, ecology, taxonomy, & morphology of North Carolina freshwater mussels. Then, we will provide participants with the opportunity to identify specimens during a hands-on session.
Accommodations will be provided at the Bridge Pointe Hotel, 101 Howell Rd New Bern, NC, 28562, (877-283-7713). Room rate: $67.30. Group code for reservations: NCFS17.
ABSTRACTS are being accepted for Oral (20 min), Lightning (5 min), & Poster presentations. Topics addressing any aspect of fisheries and related aquatic sciences are welcomed, including, but not limited to, management, research, conservation, outreach and education. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes (including a question & answer period).
Lightning Talks Returning for 2017: 5 minute talks, 3 minute question/answer for each (PowerPoint optional), for students and professionals to present new projects or programs, results from ongoing work, emerging issues, and other research or management briefs.
Submission deadline for all sessions: January 15th, 2017. How to submit an abstract:
- Complete the abstract submission form (click to download):
- Attach the abstract submission form to an email with the subject line “NCAFS Meeting 2017 Abstract”.
- Email the form to Program Committee Chair Corey Oakley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** I will post the presentation schedule here when they release it, a few days before the meeting. -- Gerald