The 2019 annual meeting of the North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society will be held at the Lakeview Hecla Resort, Manitoba, Canada from Sunday September 8th to Thursday September 12th. The meeting will follow the format of recent NASPS meetings with a focus on contributed papers to a variety of themed sessions along with a special symposium on a topic important to sturgeon and paddlefish recovery. In keeping with NASPS tradition, the meeting will also feature several workshops and preliminary topics being discussed include communicating scientific information, genetics, database development and management, and habitat restoration. More information to come on the workshops.


Location:  The Lakeview Hecla Resort is approximately 2 hours by car north of Winnipeg International Airport where flights arrive daily from most major North American hubs. The local organizing committee are working on shuttle and ride share options from the airport to the resort.


Accommodations: The 2019 NASPS annual meeting will be held at Hecla Island, Manitoba at the Lakeview Hecla Resort from September 8th-12th. Conference proceedings will be held in the resort, and there will be a block of rooms reserved for attendees. Rooms (double queen or king beds) are $120 CAD ($90 USD) plus tax for up to two people. There will be a charge of $15 CAD/night/person if more than two people are sharing a room.  Occupancy can be no more than 4 people per room.  You will need to call (204)279-2041 and ask for the North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society room block for this rate.  More information on the resort and rooms can be found here:


As an alternative to the resort lodging, there is a full-service campground located nearby, just a 15 minute walk from the resort. At the campground, they have 2, 4, 5, and 6-person cabins available for rent ranging from $38.10 to $69.16 CAD a night for the whole cabin. Number of rooms vary between cabins, but a six bed cabin may have two bedrooms and one living area with pull out couch. Bedrooms will be shared in the cabins. The cabins have heat, electricity and basic kitchen appliances; however, there is no running water, but excellent shower and washroom facilities are located nearby in a separate building. Reserving the cabins is done through the provincial parks website (, and they open for booking on March 18th on a first come, first served basis.


Food: As with previous NASPS meetings, your registration fee will include the fantastic scientific program we are developing, alongside breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffee breaks and social events throughout the week.


Abstract Submission: Abstract submission is open! As in past years, it will be conducted online and you can submit your abstract following this link: 2019 NASPS Abstract Submission. The first call for abstracts closes May 31st.


Student Travel Awards: Submission closes June 28th. See the following link for details.


Order of Acipenser Award:  The NASPS is seeking nominations for the 2019 Order of the Acipenser award. The Order of Acipenser is presented by NASPS to an individual or individuals for their outstanding contributions to the conservation, recovery, and/or management of sturgeon or paddlefish in North America. The award will be presented at the annual meeting.  For more information see the following link

Order of Acipenser Award 2019





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