2012 NANFA Convention

Sept 13-16, 2012

Salt Fork State Park, Eastern Ohio

The 2012 NANFA convention will be hosted by the Fish Division of the Ohio State University Museum of Biodiversity (Brian Zimmerman, Justin Baker, Marc Kibbey). The convention will be held at scenic Salt Fork State Park at their lodge and conference center. This is Ohio's largest state park and is located conveniently near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 77 for those who will be arriving by road. For those who fly in there are large airports in Cleveland OH (118 miles 2hr 4min), Columbus OH (94 miles 1hr 47min), or Pittsburg PA (96 miles 1hr 48min).

The convention will begin on Thursday Sept 13th 2012 and go through Sunday the 16th. We are planning to have a group field trip on Thursday that will not start until mid-day for those that arrive that morning. We are hopeful we will line up demonstrations of electrofishing and trawling on the Muskingum River (Ohio's largest inland River) below one of the large dams on this river. We will also have large seines available for use. Friday we will hold the talks and the banquet at the lodge. The meal will be catered by the lodge and menu is yet to be determined. A second group field trip on the Walhonding River with the option to canoe a stretch of the river with stops for sampling will be on Saturday. If you don't like the idea of being in a boat an alternative route along the river allowing you to stop at several sites will be available. Saturday evening after everyone returns from the Walhonding we will hold the annual auction. If you have items you would like to donate for the auction please let us know! We will conclude the event on Sunday with more traditional collecting trips with group leaders to some of the more unique and diverse localities in the state. More details on exactly what you have a chance to catch or view on each trip will be coming soon. For now some of my favorite Ohio species that you should have a high probability of catching include but certainly are not limited to... Bluebreast Darter, Variegate Darter, Rainbow Darter, Slenderhead Darter, Gravel Chub, Streamline Chub, Bigeye Chub, Redside Dace, Southern Redbelly Dace, Orangespotted Sunfish, Central Longear Sunfish and many more!

For those who may be travelling with you and not so interested in fish... There is plenty to do at this rather large state park. There is a golf course, miniature golf, plenty of games in the basement of the lodge, indoor pool (outdoor pool will be closed for the season at this time of year), boat rentals, lots of hiking trails, and a beach on the lake. For more about the park here Salt Fork Park Lodge website.

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Male Bluebreast Darter in aquarium

You will need to get an Ohio Fishing License if you plan to collect fish during the field trips.  Ohio allows for the take of non-game and non-protected species with use of an 8ft x 4ft or smaller minnow seine.  For full regulations and license go to the Ohio Division of Wildlife webside. ODNR Division of Wildlife - Fishing

Note: There are some pending changes to the list of protected species that should be revised before the convention.  Most notably the bluebreast darter Etheostoma camurum will be coming off the list and the Iowa darter Etheostoma exile will become Endangered. Most other changes will not affect what can be legally collected.


What do you get for your registration fee!

You get access to 2 full day and 1 half day guided field trips, full day of native fish related talks from professionals and native fish hobbyist followed by a Friday night banquet at the lodge with the keynote speaker(yet to be determined), and access to the annual auction on Saturday evening. On top of this there will be a hospitality suite open each evening for people to gather and socialize. This truly is a one of a kind experience where professionals and hobbyist mingle and mix allowing for good conversation and unique perspectives on the conservation and captive care of our wonderful North American native fish fauna!

Regular non-student Before August 12th will be $75
After August 12th including upon arrival will be $95
Spouse registration will be $35
Student registration Before August 12th will be $35
After August 12th including upon arrival will be $55
Friday talks and banquet only, no field trips $50 This option only available until August 12th
Friday talks only $20 regardless of date or at the door
Speakers FREE if they do not plan to stay for the banquet
If they do plan to stay for the banquet $20
For presenters of posters regular fees apply

Convention Schedule

Click Here for Convention Scheulde


NANFA likes to bring in speakers that can introduce the group to the regional species. Our featured speaker is (coming soon)


The Banquet Friday night will be a buffet style service of:

Tossed Salad 
Cut Green Beans with Bacon
Garlic Smashed Redskin Potatoes
Pot Roast or Penne Pomodoro
Beverage Service is lemonade, coffee and tea


To reserve your lodging call 1-800-AT-A-PARK (282-7275). It is VERY IMPORTANT that you mention that you are with NANFA. We have to have 60 total room/night rentals (at least 20 rooms or cabins for 3 nights) to get the conference facilities at no charge. You also won't get the group rate if you don't mention you are with NANFA. Our block of rooms and cabins reserved for the conference will NO LONGER BE RESERVED AFTER AUGUST 12th 2012, so get your room or cabin early or you may have to stay elsewhere because this is a very busy time of year at this lodge.

Lodging options are as follows:
Lodge Rooms all $115 per night regardless of bed configuration
1 King Bed
2 Double Beds
2 Double Beds and set of bunk beds (2 more small beds)

Hillside Cabins are $165 a night. These are a short walk up the hill to the lodge where the talks and banquet will be held. They are also right next to the lake if you want to do some extra collecting (there are orangespotted sunfish in the lake)
These have 2 bedrooms one with a single Queen sized bed and one with 2 sets of bunk beds (4 beds). There also is a living room with a couch and a full kitchen.

You can have up to 4 people in the lodge rooms and 6 in the cabins. That works out to be $28.75 or $27.50 per night respectively if you plan to share and fill a room or cabin.

There are rooms reserved for both Wednesday evening the 12th and Sunday evening the 16th for those who want to be there the night before or stay over after that last collecting trip.

There is also camping available in another part of the park, for rates and availability go Salt Fork Park website

Local Attractions

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Male Bluebreast Darter Wakatomika Creek 15Jun2010 (Brian Zimmerman)

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Male Variegate Darter from Big Darby Creek 10Apr2010 (Brian Zimmerman)

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Male Redside Dace Macochee Creek 9Jun2011 (Brian Zimmerman)

For additional information, if you would like to volunteer, or you have other questions, please contact me :

Brian Zimmerman :: 330-417-9476

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