Annual Meeting

Cal-Neva Chapter Annual Meeting

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Cal-Neva Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 51st Annual Meeting

April 5-7, 2017, Eureka, CA
The Sequoia Center & Red Lion Hotel
901 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501 (Sequoia Center)
1929 4th Street, Eureka, CA 95501 (Red Lion)


Theme of the 51st Annual Meeting 
Fisheries science is a complicated discipline, where we often have to consider fish, habitat, and the human dimension, to fully understand the dynamics of a system. In recent years, fisheries professionals have been faced with major challenges, including: extensive drought, climate change, invasive species, changes in the workforce, and a political climate of reduced budgets and uncertain support for environmental issues. To steer a successful course, we need innovative thinking and cross-disciplinary partnerships, based on lessons learned and new understanding. We also need to cultivate the next generation of fisheries leaders. This meeting will provide an opportunity to strengthen our communication, further the science, and learn from one another, in an effort to find the best path forward for the fishes, the science, and our profession.

*If you would like to sponsor or make a donation to the annual meeting, see more information about the benefits of each sponsorship level. 

REGISTER for the meeting now at our EventBrite

DOWNLOAD oral presentations and poster schedule here!

Regular Member: $300
Student Member: $80
Young Professional: $150
Non-Member: $350
Retired AFS: $200
1-Day (Member or Non-member): $150
1-Day (Young Professional): $90
Banquet: $55 (guest, not registered)
Student Mentor Lunch: Free, Register by March 30th

Continuing Education Courses (Free for students)
1: eDNA ($50), led by Drs. Scott Blankenship & Gregg Schumer. For more information see the Genetics Applications Course Agenda.
2: Fish Passage & Screening ($50), led by Drs. Rocko Brown & Joseph Merz. For more information see Fish Passage Introduction.
3: PIT-Tagging (Oregon RFID) ($50).

Lodging: Reserve your hotel room by calling the Red Lion Hotel at (707) 445-0844. Make sure to mention that you would like the $94/night rate reserved for CalNeva conference attendees. There are a limited number of rooms available at this discounted rate.

**Mentors inspire the next generation of fisheries professionals. Cal-Neva AFS will host a Student-Mentor Lunch April 7 at the Annual Meeting for students and young professionals (less than 5 years after final academic degree). Mentees will be matched with established professionals in an informal setting to exchange ideas and insights about career development, research interests and more. This event is free, but advance registration via the online registration is required. Register no later than March 30. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Ramona Swenson. Indicate area of interest, expertise, and employment so we can match students and mentors.

*To be considered for individual travel funding or additional student subunit funding for the meeting please see the travel grant application.

*Students interested in volunteering at the meeting, please see further information on the student page.

Soliciting for a wide range of symposia, contributed papers, and posters: Now Closed

  • New research
  • Monitoring results
  • Partnerships
  • Challenges/Solutions
  • Innovation

Call for Papers

Abstract submission for Contributed Papers and Posters is now closed.

Keep checking back for further details to follow: Download the oral presentation and poster session grid here.

  • Plenary Speakers
    • Dr. Jesse Trushenski: First Vice-President for AFS (national level) and Fish Pathologist Supervisor at IDFW’s Eagle Fish Health Laboratory.
    • Dr. Cynthia Catton: Environmental Scientist with CDFW, Bodega Bay, CA.
    • Sean Gallagher: Senior Environmental Scientist with CDFW, Fort Bragg, CA.
    • Scott McBain: Fluvial Geomorphologist and Owner of McBain & Associates.
    • Wendy Poppy George: Anthropologist and board member on the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.
  • Technical Sessions and Symposia includes student symposium (student research), conservation of imperiled non-game fish, steelhead restoration, otolith chemistry, ecohydrology, modeling, aquaculture, altered flow regimes and agriculture, and blowing stuff up in the bay.
    • FEATURING CalNeva Chapter’s very own Santa Cruz-Monterey Bay Area Student Subunit special forum: “Diverse Perspectives in an Era of Political and Environmental Change”
  • Daily Schedule and Rooms
    • Wednesday, April 5 (Note: Time subject to change as we get more details).
      • 8:00am to 5:00pm: Registration
      • 8:00am to 5:00pm: Continuing Education: Applied eDNA Techniques, Fish Passage and Screening, and PIT-Tagging [Oregon RFID]
      • 8:00am to 5:00pm: Field Trips (TBD)
      • 5:30pm to 7:30pm: Poster Session, Trade Show, and Welcoming Social
      • 7:30pm to 10:00pm: Student Social (evening)
    • Thursday, April 6 (Note: Time subject to change as we get more details)
      • 8:00am to 11:30am: Plenary Session (@ The Sequoia Center)
      • 11:30am to 1:00pm: Cal-Neva Chapter Business meeting *reservations required* (@ The Sequoia Center)
      • 1:15pm to 5:00pm: Technical Sessions and Student Symposium
      • 5:00pm to 11:00pm: Banquet and Awards (@ The Sequoia Center)
    • Friday, April 7 (Note: Time subject to change as we get more details)
      • 7:00am to 8:00am: Spawning Run
      • 8:00 AM to 11:40am and 1:40 PM to 5:00pm: Technical Sessions
      • 11:45am to 1:30pm: Student Mentor Lunch

Best Student Poster & Oral Presentation Contest

First place: $150, second place: $125, and third place: $75 will be awarded in both categories. Judging will be conducted by the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB) Northern California District.

Help Wanted: Volunteers to Help Judge Student Presentations

If you would like to help judge student presentations, please contact Tom Keegan at 916-224-3656.

Field Trips – *Full registration is required to sign up for the field trips. Field trips will be on April 5 with time still TBD.

1. A tour of two local tidal habitat restoration projects: the Salt River project on the Eel River, which is a large-scale effort two restore a channel that was heavily impacted by siltation and agriculture, with objectives combining restored fish habitat and flood control; and one on Wood Creek, a small coastal stream in Eureka with restoration aimed at providing rearing habitat for coho salmon. (full day, including lunch). $20

2.  A tour of Humboldt Bay and the oyster farms in North Bay (including some oyster tasting) with Pacific Seafood (half day). $10

3. A tour of Humboldt State University’s aquatic facilities, including the on-campus fish hatchery, aquaponics facility, and Trinidad marine lab (half day). $10

4. A Redwood National and State Parks walking tour, including old growth forest and fish habitat in Prairie Creek (half day). $10

5. An Introduction to Night Snorkeling; an effective method for fish population monitoring and low-impact capture. $FREE.

For Night snorkel participants please see additional information and scheduling here.

Led by Sam Rizza and Abel Brumo from Stillwater Sciences, and Jeff Abrams from NOAA Fisheries

Night snorkeling can be an effective and low-impact approach for both observation and capture of fish in a variety of streams.  This field trip to Freshwater Creek, a tributary to Humboldt Bay, will begin with a brief on-the-bank discussion of the equipment and techniques used for both fish abundance surveys and capture while snorkeling at night. Drawing from the literature and our underwater experience, we will discuss the pros and cons of this approach compared with daytime surveys and more traditional fish capture methods, including discussion of considerations such as effects of water temperature on daytime concealment behavior and species-specific differences in behavior. Participants will then don mask-and-snorkel to get a peek at the nocturnal behavior of fishes of Freshwater Creek, which may include juvenile Coho Salmon and steelhead, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Pacific Lamprey, sculpin species, and Three-Spined Stickleback.

An assortment of gear (including drysuits) will be available on a first come first serve basis.  If possible, attendees are encouraged to bring their own wetsuit (5-7mm) or drysuit, mask and snorkel, neoprene gloves, dive hood, and dive light.

When: 6:30-9:00pm Tuesday (4th) and Friday (7th)

Number of participants: 15 per day

6. Humboldt Bay Cruise; time and place TBD. (2 hours). $20

Participate in a 2-hour cruise of Humboldt Bay, starting with Arcata Bay in the north, then head south to the infamous Humboldt Bay “jaws”, then south to the south bay. The tour would highlight the fish species that use Humboldt Bay (crab, salmon, sturgeon), the historical native American story, as well as an overview of the long term aquaculture and commercial uses of the bay. Sponsored by McBain Associates, Applied River Sciences.


Registration Information  (Register Now at our EventBrite page)

All attendees and guests must register. Please note that the Cal-Neva Chapter does not waive registration fees for symposium, oral and poster presenters.

Registration for the full event includes one banquet ticket and two beverage tickets for the Wednesday and Thursday evening socials.

Alternate Registration Payment Options

Registrations will be accepted through Eventbrite only. Alternate registration payment options are now available for those who will be paying by check or restricted credit cards. In addition, we will also accept payment at the door. Please select your payment options in Eventbrite.

  • Checks: Write your Eventbrite Order Number on the check, or enclose a copy of your Eventbrite receipt, and send to:Cal-Neva Chapter AFS, P.O. Box 72653, Davis, CA 92653.

Mailed payments must be postmarked on or before April 7, 2017. Checks will also be accepted at the door.

  • Paying off-line by credit card available
  • Purchase order and invoiced registrations is available

Please contact James Hobbs: for other payment options.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued based on the timing of the cancellation. Registration fees will be refunded in full if cancelled prior to the Early Registration deadline (February 25, 2017). The refund rate will be 50% after the Early Registration deadline through Monday, April 3, 2017. Thereafter, no refunds will be permitted.

Spawning Run ($20) – more information to come.

A Note to Potential Donors

Please contact our Fundraising Coordinator Maddelyn Harden directly at

Thank-you to continued support from our current sponsors!




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