2008 NANFA National Convention, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens, TX September 25-28, 2008

Ya'll are invited to the 2008 NANFA conference in Athens, Texas. The conference is a great way to catch up with old friends and make new ones who are just as enthusiastic about native fish.

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) combines aquaria and educational opportunities with a production fish hatchery. The mission of the TFFC is to provide an educational, entertaining visitor experience that promotes freshwater sport fishing and the enhancement, conservation and stewardship of aquatic resources in Texas. TFFC is a facility of the Inland Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the state agency charged with the management and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of Texas. For more information about TFFC visit online at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc.


Thursday, September 25

    Registration (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

Friday, September 26

    Registration (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

    Field Trips (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

    Social (6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, September 27

    Sessions (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

    Banquet & Auction (6:30 p.m.)

Sunday, September 28

    Field Trips (8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes this years conference. There will be four exciting days with events for everyone. This year we have included a social Friday night at TFFC for anyone who wants to attend. There will be a chili cook-off dinner to allow NANFA members an exclusive tour of the facility. There will be guided tours of both the visitor center and the hatchery and a dive show . Also Friday night there will be an aquarium roundtable for anyone who wants to sit back and relax and talk about fish. We will have representatives from some of the big aquariums around the state.


    Members - $65.00
    Students - $35.00
    Spouses/Children - $35.00
    Includes sessions, field trips, social, and banquet.
    If you plan to attend social or have any special food requirements please email Wayne Heaton at wayne.heaton@tpwd.state.tx.us to confirm.
    Send check or money order, payable to NANFA, to:

    P.O. Box 1596
    Milton, WA 98354-1596

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    We have a block of rooms reserved at the Inn on the Hill in Athens, 5-minute drive from TFFC. Rooms are $60.00/night, and you can make reservations by calling (903) 675-9214. Be sure to mention you are with NANFA.


    From Dallas: Take Hwy 175 South to Athens. Turn left on Loop 7, and exit on FM 2495.
    From I-20 or I-30: Take Hwy 19 South to Athens. Turn left on Loop 7, and exit on FM 2495.
    From Houston: Take I-45 North to Corsicana. Turn east on Hwy 31 to Athens. Turn left on Loop 7 and exit on FM 2495.


    Besides exploring the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, there are many other things to do. Lake Athens is next to TFFC and the East Texas Arboretum is only a few minutes drive. Shop for antiques, visit Black Beauty Ranch or Caldwell Zoo in Tyler.

    Maps are available at TFFC.


    Guided Fishing Trip for Buffalo
    Shocking Boat Demonstrations
    Collecting at TPWD Wildlife Management Areas

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