Presenter: Rachael Hoch
The presentation will provide information on freshwater mussels in North Carolina, including species conservation status and distribution, threats, life history, and current restoration projects. The speaker will highlight ongoing research and restoration efforts at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Marion Conservation Aquaculture Center and provide an overview of the techniques used to propagate freshwater mussels. You would be surprised how much this concerns nymph fishing.
Rachael Hoch is the Conservation Aquaculture Center Coordinator for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and serves as the agency’s aquatic non-game species propagation specialist. Since joining the NCWRC in 2012, she has worked with over 15 different species of freshwater mussels, several species of rare fish, and the Eastern Hellbender at the Marion Conservation Aquaculture Center. She holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Biology from Appalachian State University where she studied the effects of dams on freshwater mussels and their associated habitats.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Price: $15.00 /per person
• great food and (non-alcoholic) drink
• games for the kids (yes, kids are encouraged to attend -- for FREE!)
• casting contest
• door prizes
• bucket raffle
Products and services donated by local merchants, members, and fishing shops and outfitters are available through online, silent, and live auction bidding. Be sure to go to the Discussion/Discussions Forum tab to see the items and trips available for online auction (to be added shortly).
SOME of the many items up for silent and live auction this year include:
- rods, reels, flies gear bags, gift certificates, art work
- mountain and coastal lodging
- professional guided fishing trips to the mountains and coast
and the most popular and affordable:
- "companion" wade and float trips to the mountains, coast, and local area
Cash or personal check accepted for winning bid payment.
Event starts at 3:00pm. Food served at 5:00. Live auction starts at 6:00.
Pre-sale tickets are available online through 9/25 and in-person at the September club meeting for $15 per person. To purchase a ticket online, RSVP "yes" on Meetup and follow the instructions to make a payment through PayPal. Your name will be added to a list of paid attendees.
Kids under 12 are free. When you RSVP online, please indicate only adults, so that the ticket price is calculated properly -- for planning purposes, indicate the number of kids in a comment.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.
See you there!