Annual Meeting 2019

Utah Chapter Annual AFS Meeting 2019

Registration, Continuing Education, Award Nominations, and Photo Submission Updates

Hello Utah fisheries professionals:

The Utah Chapter AFS is excited to be hosting its 41st Annual Meeting in Provo at the Utah Valley Convention Center on March 12-14, 2019.

Registration Details

Early Registration is now open through February 16, 2019!  The following link
( or click here will take you to the registration website or you can visit the Utah AFS website (  Meeting registration dues cover the costs for all meals from Tuesday dinner through lunch on Thursday.  Shared motel rooms are included with your registration. To help with room arrangements, please provide the name of someone you would like to room with during the registration process (and that person should provide your name on their registration). Please also include the nights you plan on staying.  If you do not provide a name, you will be paired with someone.  You DO NOT need to make room reservations with the hotel as the Utah AFS Executive Committee will take care of this once registration closes.  If you prefer not sharing a room, you will be responsible for making your own reservation and covering the cost.  For UDWR employees – you will only be reimbursed for early registration costs so plan accordingly and register early.

We have an additional registration option this year for the Lake Sucker Summit Symposium.  We are reaching out to folks to present in this session and many will be travelling from out of state.  In addition, there will be members of the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program that will be attending the one-day Lake Sucker Summit.  The Recovery Program has provided a generous sponsorship to the Utah AFS Chapter to assist in hosting the Lake Sucker Summit, so we are providing a one-day registration for those individuals only interested in this Symposium.  Both of these options are free to encourage attendance, but we need you to register for this option whether you are presenting or just attending this session.  This will allow us to better plan for this session.

2019 Utah Chapter AFS Chapter meeting costs

  • 2018 Utah Chapter Membership dues – $25*
  • Early Registration for Utah Chapter Members – $85**
  • Late Registration for Utah Chapter Members – $105
  • Early Registration for Non-Utah Chapter Members – $135
  • Late Registration for Non-Utah Chapter Members – $155
  • Early Student Registration – $30
  • Late Student Registration – $40
  • Lake Sucker Summit Presenter Registration – $0
  • Lake Sucker Summit One Day Registration – $0
  • Extra Banquet Ticket – $30

* for UDWR employees – the $25 Utah Chapter dues are not reimbursable; early Registration for Utah Chapter Members ($85) will be the maximum reimbursed for the 2019 meeting, please plan accordingly

** includes continuing education, 2019 Chapter Meeting, 2 morning and 1 afternoon catered breaks, 2 complimentary breakfasts at hotel, 2 lunches , 2 dinners, 2 nights hotel

If you are not currently a Utah Chapter member, now is a good time to become one.  Membership fees help us continue to host meetings and become more progressive as a chapter.  We would like to become more financially independent using membership dues to conduct business.  We would also like to offer more benefits to our members like student scholarships; travel grants to National and Western Division meetings; and reduce Annual Meeting costs. Having more members associated with our chapter will help us accomplish these goals in the future.  You can pay chapter membership fees on the Annual Meeting registration page or through the National AFS website ( If you have any questions or concerns about the meeting or becoming a chapter member, please feel free to contact me or visit our chapter website at

Continuing Education Courses

Utah AFS is offering two continuing education courses at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday March 12, 2019.  Both classes are free of charge and will be held in classrooms at the Utah Valley Convention Center.  If you plan on attending a Continuing Education course, you will still need to sign up while registering for the annual meeting so we can plan accordingly.  Space is limited in these courses, so I would suggest that you register early.   We are still working out some details related to these classes, so those of you that register will be contacted with more information as the meeting date approaches.  The two courses are:

  • “R – 101” Half Day to Full Day Class – Instructor: Dr. Tim Walsworth (USU). R Cran Statistical Software 101: manipulating data and making figures.  All fishery professionals must evaluate and present collected data to colleagues, stakeholders, and the public.  R Cran Statistical Software is an open source (i.e., free) language designed for high level data analysis and professional quality figure generation. However, like any new software or coding language, learning R Cran has an initial learning curve. This workshop is designed to introduce fishery professionals to R Cran and teach beginners a few new tricks. We will cover:  a) What is R and how is it used? b) Loading an Excel spreadsheet into R c) Summarizing and manipulating data in R d) Data visualizations: scatterplots, boxplots, and barplots e) Basic data analyses: linear regression, t-test, and ANOVA and f) Troubleshooting common errors.  You will be required to bring a laptop with R Cran statistical software and R Studio (both freely available online).
  • “How to Get your Message Across Concisely” or “How to Message Box” Half Day Class – Instructor: Dr. Jereme Gaeta (USU). “Those commoners just don’t understand what I am trying to tell them.” We are going to spend some time going over a very useful communication technique called “Message Boxing”. Free text available online (or ask Jereme): Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter by Nancy Baron. Please read chapters 2 and 8 to start. Come prepared to work on the message you want to present to the public or your peers. We will work on your message and listen to other participants present and hone their message.


Please consider nominating your colleague’s for an award! The award nomination DEADLINE is February 16, 2019.  Nominations need to be sent to Chance Broderius at [email protected] This year’s awards include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Professional of the Year
  • Award of Merit
  • Habitat Conservationist of the Year
  • Partner of the Year
  • Leaky Boot Award

Photo Submission

Please consider submitting your fish, wildlife, and landscape photos from the year. We would like to showcase photos from your work projects and adventures during the banquet. Photos can be submitted to Chante Lundskog at [email protected]

I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting for another eventful and fulfilling event!  Please submit a paper or poster to the link ( or click here to showcase the great work that you have accomplished.  If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please feel free to contact me.

Paul Thompson
Utah Chapter American Fisheries Society
(801) 538-7420
[email protected]