Just passing this along, should be a great weekend, all are welcome to
attend! Please feel free to pass this along to interested parties.
NANFA is the North American Native Fishes Association, a group devoted to
the keeping, study, and conservation of North American fishes.
1998 NANFA Gathering in Chattanooga TN (Revised April 21 '98)
The time that is both economical and when the fish are still in breeding
colors is June 5,6 & 7th...Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
A block of 25 rooms at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo are being held in NANFA's
name. They are discounted to $72.00 per night plus tax. This is a room w/ 1
king or 2 double beds... and for those on a budget... 4 individuals (or more!)
can share a room. Individuals attending must reserve one of these 25 rooms
prior to May 21, after that time they will be released to the general public.
Call 1-800-TRACK29, mention NANFA (for our discount) and make your reservation
now! The Choo-Choo complex is very beautiful and layed out in a garden with
historical trains on rails thoughout. There are many shops, restaurants and
train type activities. I think everyone would be comfortable, under one roof
and enjoy the family atmosphere. This and/or the TN Aquarium will be our base
of activities. If you chose not to stay here... you are on your own... there
are many motels scattered throughout Chattanooga.
Atlanta is 2 hours south but i would suggest those flying to pay extra and
arrive directly in Chattanooga... it is a nice, pleasant and easy airport. You
can rent a car there or catch the free shuttle to the Choo-Choo... and then
use the electric shuttle, your feet or friends to get around town. All the
shuttles are free though you may enjoy walking downtown.
One excellent restaurant has offered NANFA members a discount on some fine
eating. I'm working on 2 more for variety & budgets.
Friday would be used as a day of orientation, site briefings, lectures and
fellowship. We are grateful to have several folks willing to share their time
and knowledge with us. David Etnier of UTK and the author of Fishes of
Tennessee will speak (tentatively) on the Snail Darter. Scott Mettee, author
of the Fishes of Alabama, will speak on a topic yet to be addressed. J.R. &
Peggy Shute of Conservation Fisheries may be able to share their experiences
on breeding endangered species for reintroduction. I have also invited Joseph
R. Tomelleri, the awesome illustrator of fish to attend... i hope he can and
will share his experiences with us. I would like to get a professional photog
to speak as well. I would suggest those attending to look at purchasing the
mentioned books to further prepare themselves on what they will see and
experience here. They are available through Amazon Books at
HTTP://WWW.AMAZON.COM or the TN Aquarium giftshop at 423-785-4199. Late Friday
afternoon would be used to tour the beautiful TN Aquarium. It is the largest
freshwater aquarium in the world and the 4th most attended in the U.S.
Hopefully, following our visit an educational behind the scenes tour for
registered and interested NANFA members will be available, (i dont believe
children are allowed on this tour, and there may be an additional charge).
Friday night.. get some sleep because you will have a full day ahead Saturday!
Saturday will be the day for visiting your pre-selected site. Several area
professors, conservationists and enthusiasts, including those mentioned above,
have offered to lead the educational river observations. At this point i plan
on having 3 to 5 separate sites to pick from... each will be restricted to a
number of registered NANFA members...in order to minimize over-crowding. Bring
your mask & snorkel (& wet suit)! It will be a fun, full day! I know you will
enjoy experiencing this beautiful land and it's waters. And please,,, those
who are driving or renting vehicles will you share and provide transportation
to those without, and if you are riding with one of these kind folks please
help out on the fuel expense! After returning and cleaning up, Saturday
evening will be a shared meal at a local restaurant with a little talk, lots
of fellowship, fishart raffles, etc.
Backup activities for Saturday would be scheduled in case of rain. Slide
shows, lectures, book signings, art viewing and such.
Sunday would be open to revisit or view other sites, fellowship or whatever
you desire. For those wishing to set off on their own... a 3 day TN Fishing
license will be available for purchase. Tennessee has strict collecting
regulations and this info will be made available to you.
I would urge folks to come and spend a week here... there is much to see and
do. I will be taking the entire pre-week off and may be available to lead
visits to area sites or at least suggest other activities. Otherwise arrive by
Thursday evening and be prepared to spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday
learning, sharing, seeing & general fish fellowshipping!
Upon reciept of your registration fee of $40. an information package
(brochures, orientation maps, regulations, etc.) will be sent to you,
preparing family, friends and yourself for a fun visit. After May 1 the
registration fee will be $50. and if you are unregistered upon arrival it will
be $60. Childen and spouse's fees are 50% of these rates. These fees will
provide access to the 1998 NANFA gathering and includes... an Information
Package, Hospitality Refreshments, Lecture Facilities, a Tour of the Tennessee
Aquarium, Restaurant Discounts and Leaded Site Observations with a Prepackaged
Military Lunch. Any remaining funds will be Reinvested back into NANFA's
treasury. So please register early so we can properly plan & prepare for you!
Remember, members are responsible for their own accommodations/reservations,
meals and transportation. If you are attending and have any suggestions let me
know... with your help this has the potential to be a memorable vacation and
an exciting and enthusiastic NANFA '98 Gathering! All Aboard!
Sincerely, Casper! reply to...PRIZMA at AOL.COM or 423-624-0721