SFC will hold its 2012 annual meeting in New Orleans, LA on Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9. The meeting will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown New Orleans (see Accommodations below). The 2012 meeting will pay special tribute to SFC Founder, Royal D. Suttkus, who passed away 28 December 2009. Dr. Robert C. Cashner, a past SFC President and protégé of Dr. Suttkus, will give a special keynote address on Dr. Suttkus' life and professional career to open the meeting Thursday morning. This will be followed by a series of contributed papers on Suttkus' contributions to Southeastern Ichthyology during the opening session. The SFC poster session and meeting social will be held Thursday evening at the Astor Crowne Plaza. A separate memorial will be held in honor of Dr. Suttkus on Saturday, November 10th at the Tulane Museum of Natural History in Belle Chasse, LA (please see below).
The call for abstracts will be issued on July 16th, and will close on Wednesday, September 21 st. Stay tuned to our website (http://www.sefishescouncil.org) for the call and further details on abstract submission. Pending a brief review for content, abstracts will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Both oral and poster presentations will be accepted. Please submit early if you have your heart set on an oral presentation as there are always more requests than there are available slots.
Early registration for the SFC meeting is $100 for regular SFC members and $50 for student members. Early registration costs for non-members will be $140 for professionals and $75 students (join or renew your membership and save $10). Early registration will close on September 30. Late registration (1 October - 7 November) will cost $25 more for all categories. Walk-up registration will cost $50 more for all categories (so, please preregister). Registration includes morning and afternoon breaks and a Thursday evening reception/poster session at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel. Guest tickets for the evening reception may be purchased for $25. A special one-day meeting registration rate of $75 ($150 for families), including the reception, is available for Thursday only. For those driving to the meeting, we are negotiating a special rate for overnight parking (much lower than the rate the hotel charges) at a garage adjacent to the Astor. Please click here for infomation about this.
Species Occupancy Workshop:
A one-day workshop on estimating species occupancy in fish-community sampling will be held at the meeting hotel from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 7th. The workshop will be led by Steve Sheriff, a biometrician with the Missouri Department of Conservation, with over three decades of experience sampling fish and wildlife populations. Space is limited. For additional information about the workshop, please click here.
Suttkus Memorial Ceremony and Picnic:
The Royal D. Suttkus Memorial will be held on the grounds of the F. Edward Hebert Research Center in Belle Chasse, LA on Saturday, November 10th. The memorial will start promptly at 10 AM with a brief ceremony alongside the building that houses the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection. This will be followed by a native tree-planting activity around the fish collection building. Participants will then be invited to tour the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection. The tour will be followed by an outdoor picnic, featuring great New Orleans food and beverages.
Anyone who is planning to drive to the event can find directions to the Hebert Center at this link:http://www.tubri.org/contacts/directions.html. Bus transportation from the meeting hotel, to the Hebert Center and back, will be available for anyone who would prefer to travel to the event this way. Buses will depart the hotel at 9:00 AM and return by 3:00 PM. The price for the memorial is $50 for adults, $25 for students and $100 for families.
Tulane University is also establishing an endowment in honor of Royal D. Suttkus, which will provide long-term support for the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection. Anyone wishing to donate to this fund can do so at this website: http://www.tubri.org/suttkus/memorial_fund.html.
A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, a AAA 4-Diamond property located at the corner of Canal and Bourbon Streets in Downtown New Orleans (http://www.astorneworleans.com/). The hotel is offering SFC members a special rate of $169 per night, single or double occupancy. Suites are available for $300. Rooms can accommodate up to 2 additional persons for $20 each. The dates for our room block are 7-11 November 2012, but meeting participant can enjoy extended stays at the Astor for up to 3 days before and after the meeting block dates for the same low rate.
To reserve sleeping rooms for the meeting and memorial, please click here . You can also reach the hotel by phone by calling 1-888-696-4806 (toll free) or 504-962-0500. If you make your reservation by phone, please be sure to give the receptionist the group code SE Fishes Council. The cut-off date for reserving sleeping rooms at the contracted rate is 17 October 2012.
If you have questions about the meeting or the Suttkus Memorial, please email Hank Bart (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Larcie Burnett (email@example.com), or call 504-394-1711.
We are looking forward to seeing you in November.