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Utah Chapter AFS 2019 Annual Meeting
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Hello Utah fisheries professionals:

The Utah Chapter AFS is excited to be hosting its 41st Annual Meeting at the Utah Valley Conference Center in Provo, UT on March 12th-14th, 2019. We will be hosting a symposium of National AFS quality – Lake Sucker Summit – which also will serve as our plenary session the morning of March 13th. This symposium will not only cover general challenges within these unique lake ecosystems, but it should highlight conservation strategies that we can apply to our home waters. To lead off the Lake Sucker Summit, I am especially excited for a presentation from a good friend of mine, Doug Ouellette, who will describe the unique and unlikely Utah history and connection to the Pyramid Lake Lahontan cutthroat trout conservation success. Following our morning plenary session, additional concurrent sessions will include:

  • Status, Research, and Future of Utah Blue Ribbon Fisheries
  • Wildfire: Preparation, Management, and Rehabilitation
  • Several Contributed Papers sessions


This meeting will serve as a great opportunity to share your recent work with a diverse group of government representatives, non-government organizations, and academia from across the state. All papers are welcome, including scientific papers as well as general informational. Abstracts for papers are DUE February 15, 2019. Don’t delay! Follow this link (Click Here) for submission guidelines or visit the Utah AFS website (https://utah.fisheries.org).


Oral Presentation Guidelines
Oral presentations during the general sessions will be limited to a 20-minute time slot. We recommend limiting your presentation to 15 to 18 minutes to allow for questions. If you have been asked by Utah AFS to present during the plenary session, your presentations will be limited to 30 minutes.


Poster Presentation Guidelines
Please restrict your poster to a maximum size of 3′ high (0.92 m) x 4′ wide (1.22 m) and have a smooth finish. Poster boards will be provided. Posters can be attached to the boards with double-sided adhesive strips or hook and loop (VELCRO®) type fasteners. If using VELCRO®, provide both sides (adhesive backing will be required). You are responsible for providing your own form of attachment.


We are still working on our 2019 meeting details, so there will be more to come regarding additional registration information and deadlines, awards and deadlines, and continuing education.
If you have suggestions, comments, or questions feel free to contact me.


Paul Thompson
Utah AFS Chapter President
[email protected]


SAVE the DATE – Utah Chapter AFS Annual Meeting – March 12th-14th, 2019

The Utah AFS Chapter is excited to host its Annual Meeting at the Utah Valley Conference Center in Provo on March 12th-14th, 2019.  Our EXCOM first pursued a 2019 joint meeting with the Utah Wildlife Society, but unfortunately, that fell through.  We are still working with the Wildlife Society regarding a possible joint meeting in 2020. We next explored the possibility of holding the 2019 at Lake Powell, but Bullfrog could not provide the necessary meeting space and Wahweap proved too expensive at >$40,000 estimated meeting costs.  

Instead, our EXCOM decided to pursue a unique opportunity for our 2019 annual meeting.  We were approached by the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program (JSRIP) to co-host a Lake Sucker Summit as part of our annual meeting.  Our goal for this full-day symposium will be to bring in researchers from Utah Lake, Pyramid Lake, and Klamath Lake to talk about progress and issues toward recovering the T&E suckers in these unique systems.  We still have much to work through with regard to pulling off this summit, but if successful, we will have a National AFS quality symposium at our 2019 annual meeting!

In addition to the Lake Sucker session, we are planning on holding themed sessions including a Blue Ribbon Fisheries: Status, Research, and Future of Utah Blue Ribbon Fisheries as well as a Wildfire: Preparation, Management, and Rehabilitation session.  If you have other ideas on themed sessions for the 2019 meeting, please let me know this fall. As always, we’ll have plenty of room for general contributed papers.

Please mark your calendars so you don’t miss our 2019 Chapter Meeting!

Tentative Schedule:

  • March 12th – Afternoon: Continuing Education Courses
  • March 12th – Evening: Social Dinner
  • March 13th – Lake Sucker Summit (Plenary and Afternoon Technical Papers)
  • March 13th – Afternoon: Themed Paper Session and Contributed Paper Session
  • March 13th – Evening: Banquet; Fundraising Event; Awards
  • March 14th – Morning (half day):  Themed Paper Session and Contributed Paper Session

The organization of this meeting will be similar to meetings in past years. Registration fees will cover meals and lodging as outlined in our Business Plan. Registration, first call for papers, and deadlines will be available later this fall.

If you have suggestions, comments, or questions feel free to contact me:

Paul Thompson

Utah Chapter President

801 538 7420

[email protected]


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