Annual Meeting

Cal-Neva Chapter Annual Meeting

Cal-Neva Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 52nd Annual Meeting

San Luis Obispo, CA

February 28-March 2, 2018
Embassy Suites
333 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405



Theme of the 52nd Annual Meeting 

We all have groups in which we feel safe, where we are more comfortable, and communication comes a bit easier – our bubbles. The scientific community, and specifically the fisheries community, is a bubble we all operate in. Meetings such as this provide an important forum for scientists to share their research, educate one another, and inspire each other. They allow us to collaborate with those who share our interests, educational background, and experiences. However, science is being questioned more now than ever. Academic, or simply scientific, is being taken by many to be synonymous to elitist. At this critical time, we must find ways to engage those outside our scientific bubble and relate our research to their everyday lives. We must share how we strive to keep science objective, clearly explain why and how we use complex math and models, be transparent about our assumptions and imperfections, and effectively convey the significance of our results to our communities. We must use this climate as a catalyst for changing the way we communicate our science. An opportunity to show people that science is about asking questions and making discoveries, and that these findings can influence their future and their children’s future. If we do not effectively communicate with people outside our bubble, then science-based policy will likely remain an ideal, rather than reality.

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

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

REGISTRATION SUBMISSION NOW OPEN! click here to use our Eventbrite registration site.

Registration Costs                                                                                     
Regular Member: $250
Student Member: $65
Young Professional: $125
Non-Member: $300
Retired AFS: $175
1-Day (Member or Non-member): $125
1-Day (Young Professional): $80
Banquet: (guest, not registered): $55

Continuing Education Courses ($50, Free for students)
More to come soon.

Call for Symposia & Papers

Soliciting for a wide range of topics for symposia, contributed papers, and posters, such as:

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


More to come soon.

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

Keep checking back for further details to follow: 

  • Plenary Speakers
  • Technical Sessions and Symposia
  • Daily Schedule and Rooms

Best Student Poster & Oral Presentation Contest

Field Trips ($20)

More field trip information to come

Registration Information

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.

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, register on Eventbrite site)

A Note to Potential Donors

Please contact our Fundraising Coordinator Maddelyn Harden directly at

Thank-you to continued support from our current sponsors!


For more information please contact the following individuals: