2016 Joint Meeting of the Centrarchid, Esocid, and Walleye Technical Committes – North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society

Dates: July 25-28, 2016

Location: Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, Nebraska

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The Tuesday afternoon workshop of the joint summer meeting will feature presentations by members of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. Some of the presentations and speakers will be:

(1.) The Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program’s Nonnative Fish Management: Why Are We Here Today? 

Kevin McAbee, Nonnative Fish Coordinator, Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program

(2.) A Summary of the Current Ecology and Management of Smallmouth Bass in the Upper Colorado River Basin

Tildon Jones, Fisheries Supervisor, US Fish and Wildlife Service

(3.) A Summary of the Current Ecology and Management of Northern Pike in the Upper Colorado River Basin

Koreen Zelasko, Research Associate, Larval Fish Laboratory, Colorado State University

(4.) A Summary of the Current Ecology and Management of Walleye in the Upper Colorado River Basin

Travis Francis, Fisheries Supervisor, US Fish and Wildlife Service

(5.) Empirical Research Supports Development of a Multi-Faceted Nonnative Fish Removal Program in the Upper Colorado River Basin

Dr. Kevin Bestgen, Senior Research Scientist, Larval Fish Laboratory, Colorado State University

 

Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program

Established in 1988, the Recovery Program is a voluntary, cooperative partnership involving state and federal agencies, environmental groups and water and power user organizations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Its purpose is to recover the endangered humpback chub (Gila cypha), bonytail (Gila elegans), Colorado pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus lucius) and razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus) while water development proceeds in accordance with federal and state laws.

Although there are more than 50 nonnative fish species in the Upper Colorado River Basin, northern pike (Esox lucius), smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui) and channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) are the species considered to pose the greatest threat to the endangered fishes.

Colorado encourages harvest of nonnative, non-salmonid sportfishes in river and tributary segments within, and upstream of, critical habitat for endangered fishes to help protect native and endangered fish populations in the Colorado and San Juan River basins. Many creeks, streams and rivers allow unlimited take of nonnative fish including channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, green sunfish, bluegill, bullhead, yellow perch or crappie.

Utah enlists the help of anglers by instituting a “must kill” policy for nonnative smallmouth bass caught in the Green River and for invasive burbot caught in any waters of the state.

Wyoming has an unlimited bag limit for burbot and walleye in the Green River Basin in the southwest corner of that state, which lies within the Upper Colorado River Basin

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2016 Joint Meeting of the Centrarchid, Esocid, and Walleye Technical Committes – North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society

ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

Dates: July 25-28, 2016

Location: Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, Nebraska

Lodging Location: Super 8 14355 NE-31, Gretna, NE (1 402 332-5188)

http://www.super8.com/hotels/nebraska/gretna/super-8-gretna/hotel-overview

Lodging

            A block of rooms have been reserved until June 25, 2016 at a rate of Single ($61.99/night + tax), and Double ($71.99/night + tax), Available under the name Fisheries Technical Committee Meeting (holding 30 rooms)

Registration Cost

Cost is anticipated at $60 for the entire meeting, which includes a fish fry or BBQ social Tuesday; morning and afternoon breaks, lunch and dinner on Wednseday; morning break on Thursday. Students are half price. A continental breakfast is available at the Super 8 in Gretna. 

Continuing Education

A continuing education workshop is planned for Tuesday, July 26th. The topic options will include: Habitat Improvement Workshop (Site Visit Included), Developing Methods for Sportfish Control, and an Optional Float Trip. Cost is anticipated at $50 per person.

Registration and Presentation Submittal

If you have a paper for inclusion please forward the abstract to John Bruner ([email protected]). Meeting registration will be via email to Hilary Meyer at [email protected] We will accept payment by cash or check at the door. Sorry, we are not equipped to accept credit cards or other forms of electronic payment. Deadline for registration is June 17th, 2016. Hope to see you there!