2017 Annual Meeting

“Bridging Opportunities Using Multi-Disciplinary Science”

March 14-16, 2017

Mackinaw Beach and Bay Inn and Suites, Mackinaw City, MI

2017 Annual Meeting Agenda


The theme for the 2017 meeting is “Bridging Opportunities Using Multi-Disciplinary Science”. Management of fisheries and habitat is often relying on skills and information from more than only the typical fisheries textbooks and theories.  Including specialists and ideas from outside the fisheries-specific realm is increasingly common and the resources are better managed for these efforts.  This year we are looking to feature these collaborative efforts, as well as collaborations between different agencies and universities working together to capitalize on specific expertise.

If you are working on projects that are part of a collaboration or multi-disciplinary effort, we encourage you to submit an abstract. As always, all presentations are encouraged, especially from students and those of you who we have not seen in a while. Abstracts should be emailed to Robin DeBruyne (rdebruyne@usgs.gov) using the provided form. The deadline for submission is February 17, 2017. You will be contacted by February 24 to be notified if your submission has been accepted as a poster or an oral presentation.

Abstract Submission Form

Registration and Lodging

Please pre-register by filling out the provided form. Regular registration is $75 and student registration is $50 (payment by Check or PayPal®). The early registration deadline is March 3rd. After March 3rd the registration fee will be $90 for professionals and $65 for students. Hotel reservations can be made at Mackinaw Beach and Bay Inn and Suites by calling (231) 436-8621. Please ask for the Michigan AFS block of rooms to get the conference/government rate of $69 per night.

Registration Form

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Meal Choice
Large Research Vessel Tour- FREE

Fish Population Estimation Workshop

A workshop titled “Fish Population Estimation” will be held Tuesday, March 14th from 9 am – 5 pm. The intent of this course is to provide an overview of the statistics of fish population estimation. After taking the course, students will be able to 1) apply appropriate statistical estimators for mark-recapture, depletion, and distance sampling population estimation methods, taking into account study design; 2) understand the consequences of violating assumptions, and identify appropriate mark-recapture and depletion field sampling protocols.  The workshop will be held at the Mackinaw Beach and Bay Inn and Suites.  Dr. Dan Hayes of Michigan State University will instruct the workshop. Those interested in attending the workshop must register specifically for the workshop by contacting Dan Traynor (TraynorD@michigan.gov). The course is limited to 25 participants and student awards are available.

Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, March 14th

9 am – 5 pm – Fish Population Estimation Workshop

Wednesday, March 15th

8 am – 9 am Registration

9 am – 9:45 am TBA

9:45 am – Noon Morning paper session

Noon – 1 pm Lunch (on your own)

1 pm – 3 pm Afternoon paper session

3 pm – 5 pm Michigan Chapter Business Meeting

6 pm – 9 pm Dinner (provided) /Poster session/Raffle

Thursday, March 16th

8 am – Noon Morning paper session

Noon – 1 pm Lunch (provided) and student award presentations

After lunch and awards there will be guided tours of the USGS and USFWS large vessels stationed in Cheboygan, MI.

More information can be found at http://www.glsc.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/infosheets/CVB20150818.pdf and https://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/documents/SpencerBaird.pdf.