TPWD Meeting of “The Minds” at Athens Freshwater Fisheries Center

| January 14, 2010

The minds most concerned with conservation issues effecting Texas fishing, fish and the outlook for the future of our valuable fish resources, will be meeting in Athens, Texas, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center on January 22nd. and 23rd.

ATHENS, Texas — Texas fisheries biologists know their jobs are changing. On January 22 a trio of experts will give them a glimpse of what the future may hold at the annual meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

The meeting will take place in the Richard M. Hart and Johnny Morris Conservation Center at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center here.

Dr. John Nielssen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, will address the topic “Texas Climate: Past Changes and Future Projections.” Dr. Karl Eschbach, Texas State Demographer, will discuss the changes taking place in the Texas population. And Dr. Scott Bonar, leader of the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, will address the topic “An Evolving Profession: How Fisheries Management Has Changed in the Far West.”

Later in the day and on Saturday other speakers will address subjects dealing with both freshwater and saltwater fisheries, including the state of Texas bays and estuaries, invasive aquatic species, and management of various fish species. A complete conference agenda can be viewed at

Many of the presentations will feature the work of biologists and researchers from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), universities and related businesses such as impacts of invasive suckermouth catfish on the San Marcos river and solving the mystery of fish kills at Fairfield Lake from 2003-2009, while others will report on such topics as the state of the spotted seatrout in Aransas Bay and the impact of Hurricane Ike on oyster reefs in Galveston Bay.

Members of the media are invited to attend any or all of the sessions to gather information and interview presenters. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by e-mail to Larry Hodge, [email protected].

All meetings will take place in the Richard M. Hart and Johnny Morris Conservation Center at TFFC. For directions, visit or call (903) 676-2277.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Ken Kurzawski, [email protected]; (512) 389-4591.
All things considered, we may try to sneak off to Athens for this meeting, although it could lead to scientific brain swelling. Be sure to look at the PDF file to see which speakers would be closely related to issues in your local waters.

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