AFS Cal-Neva Newsblast
22 February 2021
Schedule is posted!
The Schedule in Brief and Presentation Schedule are now posted on the Chapter website. These include the timing of the plenary, technical session presentations, student symposium, continuing education classes, the Chapter Business Meeting, and the Spawning Run.
Registration is open on the Cvent site and early bird prices still apply. Prices go up after February 24, 2021. Different pricing is available for AFS members, non-AFS members, retirees, young professionals, and students.
Don't forget to sign up for the Spawning Run!
Virtual venue
At this year's Chapter annual meeting we will be hosting three events using the virtual venue Spatial Chat. The welcome social is on Monday, March 1, from 4 - 5 pm. The the poster session is Tuesday, March 2, from 4 - 5 pm. The student-mentor social is Wednesday, March 3, from 4 - 5 pm.

While we can’t be together in person this year, this interactive format will give you the opportunity to mix and mingle, choose what you would like to focus on, and strike up new conversations. If you are new to Spatial Chat, you may want to check it out before the meeting. Also, when you first “enter” the virtual venue keep an eye out for a sign with instructions on how to navigate your avatar through the different “rooms”.
Plenary speakers bios posted!
This year’s meeting theme is is “Casting a Wide Net: Diverse Perspectives in Fisheries”. We are very fortunate to have four excellent plenary speakers:
  • Dr. Erika Zavaleta, Professor, UC Santa Cruz – moving science/science education towards inclusivity
  • Dr. Ken Gobalet, Professor Emeritus, CSU Bakersfield – a centuries-long relationship between Californians and fish
  • Dr. Alexis Jackson, Fisheries Project Director, California The Nature Conservancy – using science to better California fisheries management
  • John McManus, Golden State Salmon Association – diversity and salmon in California today
Supporting outdoor organizations
In normal conference years we would offer Cal-Neva-themed items to attendees (e.g., conference totebag or other “swag”). This year the Cal-Neva Chapter will be donating an amount comparable to what would normally have been spent on these items to three charitable organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in fisheries and the outdoors: Captain Rollo’s Kids at SeaCast Hope, and LandPaths. In addition, while the Spawning Run is free this year, we are encouraging participants in the run to make a donation to Outdoor Afro of an amount similar to what they would otherwise have paid to register for the run.
Thank-you to Our Sponsors!
We are very grateful to the following organizations for their financial support of our annual meeting: BiomarkEBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District), Environmental Science AssociatesRegional San (Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.