logo The 2020 NANFA Convention
will be March 19-22, 2020
at Saluda Shoals Park
Environmental Education Center
in Columbia, South Carolina.

Saluda Shoals Park is located at
5605 Bush River Rd.
Columbia, SC 29212


Lodging is at the Holiday Inn Express in Harbinson (211 Lanneau Court, Columbia, SC 29212). Rate is $109/night for double rooms. Reserve rooms by calling (803) 732-2229 Use reservation group code NANFA. Last day to book is March 1, 2020.

Meeting Schedule:

March 19 – Travel day to Columbia and check in at the Holiday Inn Express. Informal afternoon visit to Columbia Dam Fishway and evening workshops on live fish photography and Photoshop. 

Time Event Leaders
1:00 - 4:00 Columbia Fishway
(if water levels/clarity allow)
7:00 - 8:30 Live Fish Photography Zach Alley &
Scott Smith

March 20 – Presentations; Hidden Rivers film showing; Banquet and Auction. 

Time Title Speaker
9:00 - 9:15  Welcome Dustin Smith
9:15 - 9:30 How Many Broadtail Madtoms Are There? Fritz Rohde
9:45 - 10:30 SCDNR Sturgeon Research SC DNR
10:30 - 11:00 Break and Mini-Auction
11:00 - 12:00 ETY Fish Project Chris Scharpf
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:00 Batram's Bass Research Mark Scott
2:00 - 2:30 eDNA and Blackbanded Sunfish Kevin Kubach
2:30 - 3:00 Arizona Native Fishes Zach Nemec
3:00 - 3:30 Break and Mini-Auction
3:30 - 4:00 Mussel Propagation in SC Jonathan Wardell
4:00 - 4:45 How to Use Photoshop Scott Smith 
4:45 - 5:45 Hidden Rivers  (movie)
6:00 - ??? Banquet
??? - until Auction

March 21 and 22 – Field Trips

  • Trip 1: Upstate – Fieryblack shiners, Seagreen darters, Piedmont darters, piedmont shiners, greenfin shiners, plus many more!
  • Trip 2: Sandhills – Blackbanded sunfish, bluespotted sunfish, dollar sunfish, lined topminnow, everglades pygmy sunfish, banded pygmy sunfish & more.
  • Trip 3: Coastal Plain – Bluefin killi, golden topminnow, least killi, bluespotted sunfish, dollar sunfish, blackbanded sunfish, swamp darter, savannah darter, blackbanded darter, lowland shiner & many more!
  • Trip 4: More Sandhills! – Savannah darter, yellowfin shiner, bluehead chub, speckled madtom, tadpole madtom, Christmas darter, whitefin shiner, blackbanded sunfish, bluespotted sunfish, dollar sunfish, everglades pygmy sunfish, banded pygmy sunfish, lined topminnow, lowland shiner & more!

Fishing licenses will be required and are available here.

Registration Info:

  • Regular: $100 Includes speakers, trips, banquet, and convention shirt
  • Spouse: $35 Includes banquet and convention shirt only
  • Students: $50 Includes speakers, trips, banquet, and convention shirt

Shirts are screenprinted on a white, super soft blended tee. This is the same type of shirt used for the newest NANFA shirts, featuring a Southern Redbelly Dace. Everyone attending the convention will receive a t-shirt as they are included in registration. You may also purchase additional shirts or shirts early if you would like any extras.

To register click here.

For more information, to donate items to the annual NANFA auction, or to volunteer to help in any way, contact Dustin Smith (dsmith73@hotmail.com), Stephen Beaman (sbeaman@gmail.com), or Matt Knepley (mattknepley@yahoo.com)

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