Annual Meeting 2020

Utah Chapter Annual AFS Meeting 2020

Utah Chapter AFS Annual Meeting 

February 25-27, 2020 – St. George, Utah

Updates as of November 11, 2019


Hello Utah fisheries professionals:

The Utah Chapter AFS is excited to be hosting its 42st Annual Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. George, UT on February 25th-27th, 2020.  Our plenary session the morning of February 26th is on the challenges and successes on fisheries management in the Virgin River Basin.  Our goal for this full day symposium will be to bring in folks that work on the Virgin River in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada to talk about progress and issues in fisheries management in the Virgin River system.  This session will cover challenges of managing fish species in one of the driest and fastest growing communities in the United States, and will include conservation strategies that we can apply to our home waters.  Following our morning plenary session, additional concurrent sessions will include:

  • Fish Passages, Screens, and Barriers session
  • Innovative Techniques session
  • 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 January 31, 2020.  Don’t delay!  Follow this link (abstract submission form) 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.

 

Student Scholarship Guidelines

Utah AFS is awarding six student scholarships for this year’s meeting.  Registration fees for the 2020 meeting will be waived for those who are awarded the scholarships (this includes lodging, food, and registration dues).  Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for these scholarships.  While preference may be given to those intending to present (oral or poster), giving a presentation is not a requirement.  To apply for these scholarships, please answer the following questions and submit your responses to George Weekley, Utah Chapter AFS President [email protected].

  • Name
  • Email
  • College or University
  • Do you plan on presenting at the 2020 AFS meeting?  If yes, will your presentation be oral or a poster?
  • What is your educational background related to fisheries/aquatic ecology?
  • What are your career goals?

 

We are still working on our 2020 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.

George Weekley                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Utah Chapter President                                                                                                                                                                                          [email protected]

 


The Utah AFS Chapter is excited to host our 42nd Annual Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. George, Utah from February 25 to 27th, 2020.  Our EXCOM decided to pursue a sponsorship with the Virgin River Program to co-host a Virgin River symposium as part of our annual meeting.  Our goal for this full day symposium will be to bring in folks that work on the Virgin River in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada to talk about progress and issues in fisheries management in the Virgin River system.

In addition to the Virgin River session, we are planning on holding themed sessions including a Fish Passages, Screens, and Barriers session and an Innovative Techniques session.  If you have other ideas on themed sessions for the 2020 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 2020 Chapter Meeting!

Tentative Schedule:

  • February 25th – Afternoon: Continuing Education Courses
  • February 25th – Evening: Social Dinner
  • February 26th – Virgin River Symposium (Plenary and Afternoon Technical Papers)
  • February 26th – Afternoon: Themed Paper Sessions
  • February 26th – Evening: Banquet; Fundraising Event; Awards
  • February 27th – 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.  Of note, you can now pay your membership dues via Paypal at:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JV3ZYR57B3L8G&source=url

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

George Weekley                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Utah Chapter President                                                                                                                                                                                          [email protected]