Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Mon, 6 Feb 2006 14:37:56 -0600

My thanks to NANFA and the NANFA BOD for sponsoring the 31 Jan - 02 Feb joint
meeting of the Louisiana and Mississippi Chapters of the American Fisheries
Society in Natchez, MS. We had an excellent meeting due largely to the
additional funds provided by outside sponsorship. More than 150 people
attended the Lower Mississippi River symposium and following technical

A NANFA display was set up the first day and night so attendees on break or
during the evening social could learn (or be reminded) about our
organization, pick up some complimentary issues of American Currents (Summer
2005, Fall 2005), and help themselves to membership forms, grant flyers, and
fossils (shark and ray teeth in little plastic cases).

Several of our members presented talks. Steven George discussed recent
collections of lake sturgeon in the Mississippi River and Catherine Murphy
explained hurricane impacts to delta fish communities. You can read
abstracts of presentations here.

Two of our newer members also gave talks. Krista Varble, a first year
graduate student-in-Mississippi College presented the results of her
experiments with America's largest freshwater fish: "Swimming Performance of
White Sturgeon: Training and the Risk of Entrainment." Joseph Beard, a
freshman-in-University of Louisiana-in-Monroe, talked about his summer
project, "Harassing the Hacklebacks: Environmental Noise and Behavioral
Responses of Pallid Sturgeon." Krista won first place in the Chapter's
student paper competition, Joseph second place.

Again, my appreciation to NANFA for supporting this and similar meetings.
Our funds helped defray costs of the meeting and provide travel award money
to students.

- Jan Hoover
Vicksburg, MS
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