Richard J Rego (
Sun, 14 Jan 2001 17:35:29 -0500

Hey All,

I would say it is safe to say that our first New England Regional
Meeting was a success! We had 14 people in attendance, 8 which were
NANFA members. We started off with introductions and coffee/snacks, we
then toured the nature center and it's museum. The nature center has a
bunch of aquariums, and the pond tank was definitely a hit, with natives
such as bullheads, golden shiners, several Lepomis species, banded
sunfish, perch, turtles, crayfish, frogs, etc.

We watched the video about native fishes from VA Tech (Fishes: Swimming
in Troubled Waters), the video was well received by all. We talked about
where the chapter wants to go as far as the region is concerned, and we
decided that meetings were definitely in order, some as meetings with
videos and speakers, as well as field trips.

We set our next meeting for February 11th, at 1 PM, at the same
location, we will be lining up an agenda for that meeting. As expected,
most of us are hot and heavy to head out collecting, so we will be
planning something in the next month or so as spring nears and the ice
melts. We will be booking a cabin for the convention, and hopefully we
have enough to commit to it. We were happy to have in attendance two
local conservation commission agents, and a forestry department person,
as well as some with a general interest in fishes. Then there were the
NANFA members, and here were the NANFA members in attendance:

Rick Rego. MA/New England Representative
Brian Bastarache, Mass
Dale Kutyna, Mass
George Arndt, Mass
Gary Carbonneau, NH
George Tamburri, CT
Ray Coombs, CT
Dennis Buonafede, CT

Others in attendance (hopefully soon to be NANFA members):

Peter Belanger, Mattapoisett Cons. Comm., MA
Cathal O'Brien, Taunton Cons. Comm., MA
Bill Dalpe, Rehoboth Forestry Dept., MA
James Blaisdell, RI
Chad Rosen, MA
Keith Baker, MA

Raffle Winners:

Ray Coombs from CT won the Minnow Trap
Chad Rosen from MA won the 10 gallon fish tank
Everyone got back issues of AC and TFH magazines featuring native fish

All in all everyone was happy to have met as an organized group (I know,
the coffee was a little strong...,but the cookies and the goldfish
crackers were good!). We will be planning some neat things for the
future, and as always all are welcome. THANKS TO ALL IN ATTENDANCE FOR
MAKING OUR FIRST MEETING A SUCCESS, as well as all those who gave us
ideas for the meeting.

Rick Rego
MA/New England NANFA Representative
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