Re: NANFA-- 2003 Convention questions

Bruce Stallsmith (
Tue, 13 May 2003 14:06:41 -0400

Hi David,
Your questions are good... especially about the auction. I realize that
about every other fish club seels fish & plants at auctions, while we don't.
Not by choice, really, but it just doesn't happen, people tend to collect
their own anyway or wheel & deal otherwise.
Attendance at conventions has been growing lately, to about 60+. I expect at
least that many in Huntsville.
As I said in other postings, we have three or four trips planned to various
stream systems in different drainages (Flint, Paint Rock, Sipsey, maybe
upper Black Warrior). We should find various darters, topminnows, all sorts
of chubs and shiners, sunfishes and catfishes, most notably. Most are good
aquarium fish, within "normal" parameters.
Last day to pre-register at the reduced rate of $50 is this Friday, May 16,
if it's postmarked that day I'll be happy to take it(!).
And I'm back from my recent Gulf trip, so anyone trying to get ahold of
me--it should work! My office phone is 256-824-6992.

I hope to see you in Huntsville June 6-8.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: "David Ramsey" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: NANFA-- 2003 Convention questions
>Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 15:06:22 -0400
>I apologize to the old hands for asking really basic questions.
>I have never been to a North American Native Fishes Association convention,
>and from the web site info I still don't know enough to know if I should
>take the time off from work and go to it.
>Friday is speakers. Excellent! I have only killed fish from stupidity, not
>from knowledge. Particularly interested in Joe Scanlon, keeping and
>the stippled studfish, Fundulus bifax since I mostly keep killifish.
>Saturday - collecting trips - what are we likely to catch that are
>'aquarium' type fish that we can take home? Any native aquatic plants to be
>collected? I need to start doing my homework on likely new residents in
>tanks so tank setups are ready and waiting.
> auction and banquet. Auction of what? Do people bring
>native fish to auction? native plants? Is this likely to be 4 or 5 things
>in the hundreds?
>How many people come to this event?
>Sunday - collecting trips - different places that Saturday? different
>direction with different fish possibilities?
>Thanks for answers hopefully from several people.
>David Ramsey
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