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AFS Cal-Neva News & Updates
24 October 2017
In this edition you will find the 2018 Annual Chapter Meeting "first call", a message from the President, reflections on Hutton Award and Travel Award experiences, a request for 2018 award nominations, updates from student sub-units, upcoming meetings, and opportunities and jobs.  See the highlights here, and use the links to delve deeper into the topics that interest you!
AFS Cal-Neva 52nd Annual Meeting: Open Registration & First Call for Abstracts

Registration is open and we are now accepting abstracts for symposia, papers, and posters for our upcoming annual meeting in San Luis Obispo, CA, from February 28 - March 2, 2018. This year's theme is Outside the Bubble: Communicating with Our Communities. However, we invite abstracts related to all aspects of fisheries science. Share your research with colleagues, inspire one another, and collaborate with other fisheries professionals from the California-Nevada region.
SYMPOSIA:  Proposals for symposia due December 1, 2017.
CONTRIBUTED PAPERS & POSTERS: Abstracts for contributed papers or posters due by January 26, 2018.
Fall 2017 Message from the President, Laurie Earley

This August, Past-President Joe Merz and I traveled to "Cigar City" and braved the humidity to attend the 147th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Tampa, Florida.  National meetings are always a great opportunity to connect with colleagues and hear the latest on the research and work being done around the country.  From panel discussions on the Lionfish invasion to the trophy bass fisheries, discussions on how to increase diversity and be more inclusive in our profession to presentations on genetics, there was something for everyone.  With more than 1,400 presentations, there was always a chance to learn something new.  There were fun networking events, and the grand social took us to the Florida Aquarium where we able to see the Tampa Bay rays. Of course, we also had to make time to catch the partial solar eclipse.
Read more from Laurie here.
Chapter Seeks Award Nominees

One of the highlights of the AFS Cal-Neva Chapter's Annual Meeting is the presentation of awards to deserving individuals for their professional excellence and fisheries conservation efforts.  Your Chapter Awards Committee is currently seeking nominees for awards to be presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting to be held in San Luis Obispo in late February-early March.  

Get more information here.
Christina Patricia weighing an Arroyo Chub in San Juan Creek. Photo Credit Russell Barabe.
Reflections on the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, approved by the AFS Governing Board in 2000, was named in honor of the late Dr. Robert F. Hutton, who was the American Fisheries Society's first Executive Director, serving from 1965 to 1972. Since its inception in 2001, the Hutton Program has provided scholarships and mentoring experiences in fisheries biology to 572 students, and has offered scholarship awards to 309 (56%) minority scholars and 334 (58%) qualified female scholars.

I recently served as a mentor in the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, mentoring Christina Patricia. The following is a bit about her background and impressions of the program.

"My name is Christina Patricia. I am from Jakarta, Indonesia, and I'm currently a first-year student at City College of San Francisco. I have been a tropical fish hobbyist since I was 8 years old and last year I had a breeding project for Spotted Blue-Eye Pseudomugil gertrudae, an endemic species of fish native to New Guinea. Growing up in the capital city of Indonesia, I never had much exposure to nature, so it was very valuable experience to work in the field and learn how to hike in-stream and over various terrains..."

Reflections on a Cal-Neva AFS Chapter Travel Award

I am very honored to be writing this personal reflection on the experience of attending the 2017 AFS Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. What's more, I was so fortunate as to be awarded the Cal-Neva Travel Award, which was what allowed me to attend the conference. I can't express enough thanks to the California-Nevada Chapter of AFS for granting me this opportunity and I look forward to seeing many familiar faces at the meeting next spring!

The annual meeting in Tampa was a whirlwind of speakers and presentations, fun "extra-curricular" activities such as the annual 5K Spawning Run, and plenty of friendly networking and chit-chat with innovative leaders and fisheries experts from across the nation and beyond. What's not to like?
Report on AFS Annual Meeting, August 2017, Tampa, Florida, by Suzanne Kelson

This August, I had the pleasure of travelling to Tampa, Florida to attend the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, "Fisheries Ecosystems: Uplands to Oceans," thanks to the support of the Cal-Neva chapter. This was the first time that I attended the national meeting, and I was in awe of how many fisheries professionals could be all in one place at one time! I divided my time at the conference between attending talks, poster sessions, and exploring unique aspects of Tampa, such as getting caught in a downpour and meeting native mangrove fish at the aquarium. It was a valuable experience to hear about challenges and methods for fisheries scientists beyond salmonids, which I have spent my dissertation work thinking about. 

Read more from Suzanne here.
Sacramento-Davis Student Sub-Unit Activities

The Sacramento-Davis student subunit began the 2017/2018 academic year with several campus recruiting efforts at various University of California Davis departments including the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology; and the Graduate Group in Ecology. Many new student members have signed on to participate in upcoming subunit activities. On the books are a tour of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and led by the National Marine Fisheries Service's CA Central Valley Hatcheries Coordinator Amanda Cranford on November 9th; and a screening of the documentary "Salmon Confidential" on the UCD campus on November 30th to coincide with the subunit's quarterly meeting.

Newly elected officers for the upcoming academic year are Sean Luis (President), Nicole Aha (Vice President), Paige Mundy (Secretary), and Jessica Weidenfeld (Treasurer).

Get more information about the Sac-Davis Student Sub-unit!
Santa Cruz-Monterey Bay Area Student Sub-Unit Events

SCMBAS Kick-Off: October 27th
Join us for SCMBAS's fall kick-off event at East Cliff Brewery on Friday, October 27th. Also joining us is Robin Waples, a NOAA senior fisheries biologist from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. His research focuses on population genetics and conservation biology of aquatic species. He is "motivated by the desire to use evolutionary and ecological principles to inform conservation and management of natural populations." Friends, relatives, lizards, children welcome -- come hang out, meet new friends and reconnect with old colleagues, and enjoy a cask beer!

San Lorenzo River cleanup for Make-a-Difference Day: October 28th

We are hosting a San Lorenzo River cleanup as part of Santa Cruz's Make-A-Difference Day! Join us for a fun day on the banks of the San Lorenzo to clean up our local river and raise awareness about the issue of pollution in Santa Cruz water systems. All volunteers will receive a free reusable produce bag after the cleanup as a thank you for helping to "make a difference!"
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First Call for 2018 Western Division/Alaska Chapter Meeting Symposia and Workshops

The Program Committee of the Alaska Chapter and the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society seeks initial symposium and continuing education course ideas for a joint meeting, to be held in Anchorage, Alaska on May 21-24, 2018. The theme of the 2018 meeting is Change, Challenge, and Opportunity in Fisheries: Fishing for Solutions.  Proposals are encouraged on topics that are synthetic, interdisciplinary, and that identify creative answers to current or emerging issues in fisheries and management. Although a full call for detailed symposia and workshop proposals will go out in mid-November 2017 with a deadline at the end of December 2017, we invite initial suggestions via email. 

November 14 - 17, 2017. Hosted by the Palouse Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society in McCall, Idaho.

Get more information here.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) cordially invites you to attend the 68th Annual North West Fish Culture Concepts (NWFCC) workshop on December 5-7, 2017 in Redding, California. This year's theme is Conservation, Mitigation, and Recreation. Invited plenary speakers include CDFW Director Charles H. Bonham, Deputy Director Stafford Lehr and Fisheries Branch Chief Kevin Shaffer. Potential topics at this year's event include Fish Health and Nutrition, Engineering and Technology, Innovative Husbandry, Fish Genetics and Breeding, Warm Water and Marine Aquaculture, Climate Change and Hatcheries, and Hatchery contributions to Restoration and Conservation..

Get more information here.
Angle for opportunities and jobs

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