We are pleased to announce that the 67th annual workshop is scheduled for January 28th – 30th, 2019 at the Coast Hotel in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Alberta Great Plains planning committee would like to formally invite you to this great event.

The theme of the conference is “Cold to Cool”, and topics include: species at risk recovery, aquatic invasive species, Trout management, Walleye management, Pike management, Lake Sturgeon management, water quality in a changing climate and stocked fisheries.

First Call for Papers

This announcement is also the 1st call for papers and posters. Start thinking of how you can share your work with colleagues and start building those presentations. Please send your abstract to Ryan Lyster, [email protected] using the Abstract and honorary 1st call GPFWA 2019.doc. Agenda will follow shortly, once papers start to file in.

Conference Registration

Registration will start at 1:00 pm Monday, January 28th at the Coast hotel. Registration fees in Canadian Dollars will include all meals and the cost is $200.00 for regular members and $125.00 for student members.

Pre-registration is available at the attached link Please register soon to avoid disappointment.

The conference will proceed as follows:

  • Auction and Fish Fry on Monday night
  • Technical sessions Tuesday 0800-1600 followed by Poster Session and Buffet Dinner with Keynote Speaker
  • Technical sessions Wednesday 0800-1200
  • Brief business meeting around 12:30pm

Conference and Hotel Information:

Coast Hotel
526 Mayor Magrath Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3M2

Telephone: 1-844-246-8645

  • A block of rooms have been reserved at a special rate until January 4th, 2019 (all rooms are non-smoking) Rooms start at $95/night for a single, up to premium king suites for $130CAD.
  • Please indicate that you are a GPFWA member attending the conference to ensure you receive these special rates.

Additional Information

If you have not been to a Great Plains conference, the first day’s highlight will be the traditional “Fish Fry” followed by the auction that evening beginning at 6:30pm. DON’T FORGET TO BRING AN ITEM OR TWO FOR THE AUCTION! Proceeds from this event will go towards a Lethbridge student in Fisheries Science. Just remember that a very poor, misguided student studying fisheries science needs your help. We can all relate because we were all once that student.

Remember to spread the word about this conference, we always welcome new attendees. There will be many quality presentations and opportunities to meet professional colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our conferences activities are renowned as we offer the rare combination of good fun, support of the upcoming generation of fishery workers, and practical information exchange.

We also ask that you gather some pictures of you doing your work so that we can have a slideshow running of all member states and provinces working to make life better for fish.  Please send the pictures to Ryan Lyster [email protected] or Emeric Janssens [email protected] by January 15th, 2019!