The 2018 NANFA Convention is being co-hosted by Dr. Johnathon Davis and Michael Wolfe on the campus of Young Harris College on June 7-10. Young Harris College is a private, liberal arts institution in the beautiful mountains of Northeast Georgia. The campus is located just two hours from Atlanta, Asheville, Chattanooga and Greenville.
Registration: See the link below to go to the registration page and pay online. Costs will be as follows:
|Adult||$95|| This covers registration, field trips, banquet meal, and two lunches provided for field days|
|Spouse||$55|| Includes banquet and lunches|
|Student||$55|| Includes banquet and lunches|
|Housing||$45/night/person|| Housing is being coordinated through NANFA at Young Harris College|
Go to the registration page here to reserve your spot!
Young Harris will not only be the venue for the 2018 NANFA Convention but will also provide us with our lodging and other accommodations. We will all be able to spend time together and will have pretty much everything we need right there on campus.
- We have made a commitment to the college for a minimum number of room nights so we encourage all of you to stay with us on campus.
- Rooms will be charged $45 per person per night.
- Each person will have their own sleeping room.
- Groups of four sleeping rooms will share a den and kitchen space and 2 bathrooms, essentially creating a small 4 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment living space.
- NANFA is coordinating the accomodations so you can indicate on your registration if there are persons that you want to have in your same "apartment".
This is an excellent opportunity for us to stay together at a reasonable price and excellent accomodations, and we are encouraging everyone to stay in the provided rooms.
Location and License:
This location will give us access to 6 major watersheds with a 2 hour drive (Tennessee, Coosa, Chattahoochee, Ocmulgee, Oconee, and Savannah) so there will be lots to see whether you are coming to Georgia with your seine or snorkel.
I am still working out details of what license will be required. There is a possibility that we will have Georgia DNR hosts with us and we can all work under their permits. I would recommend that you wait until we have a more clear idea of what will be required before purchasing anything yet.
If you are planning to collect or angle away from the group, you will need to follow all fishing regulations. You can get 1 day non-resident fishing license and can extend them additional days.
Georgia Fishing License: 1 day non-resident fishing license is $10.00 and can be extended for $3.50 per additional days. http://georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes/choose
Per the Georgia fishing regulations, all fish in Georgia are considered either game fish or non-gmae fish. Essentially, game fish may only be taken via angling. Complete 2018 fishing regulations can be downloaded here. http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/fishing/
June 7 (Thursday)
Travel day and check-in (registration desk will be open all afternoon).
You should plan to arrive early if at all possible. Johnathon is planning a special session in the Biology Lab that will likely involve identification of specimens from the collection at Young Harris.
We will also have a Hospitality Room available for meeting and greeting and fishy talk of all sorts.
June 8 (Friday)
Morning field trips will be lead by local NANFAns and Georgia DNR representatives. More details to follow on specific trips. Box Lunches porided.
June 9 (Saturday)
Convention meeting and presentations all day (we have an excellent slate of presenters that we are lining up including past NANFA Grant winners). Evening banquet (with key note speaker Brett Albanese from Georgia DNR Non-game Division) followed by the NANFA auction fundraiser.
June 10 (Sunday)
Field Trip options to be determined based on participating and various travel plans. Box lunches provided.
As many know there is not a Fishes of Georgia book. However there are a couple of resources that can help you plan your trip:
Fishes of Georgia has a complete listing (with location maps) of all the fishes you might find in our state.
A Field Guide to Fishes of the Conasauga River can be downloaded for free here.
For additional information, if you would like to volunteer, or you have other questions, please contact:
Michael Wolfe 706-296-7731