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2022 Annual Meeting of North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society

Folsom, California-Lake Natoma Inn

October 23-26, 2022



After two years of virtual meetings, the North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society (NASPS) invites you to attend our 2022 annual meeting in Folsom, California on October 23rd-26th.  We are excited to be offering an in-person meeting, providing a forum for sturgeon and paddlefish professionals to discuss new and emerging research geared toward several themes including conservation, restoration, and sustainable management.  The 2022 annual meeting will be held at the Lake Natoma Inn.  The welcome social will begin Sunday evening October 23rd followed by presentations October 24th through the morning of October 26th.  Workshops (half-day) are planned for the afternoon of October 26th, and our banquet will be held the evening of October 26th.


This meeting is designed to provide great amenities within your registration cost; therefore, all breakfasts and lunches are included.  Also included in your registration cost are a welcome social on Sunday, October 23rd (5-8 PM) and a poster session (6:00-7:00 PM) and dinner banquet (7:00-10:00 PM) on Wednesday, October 26th.


We are requesting that you submit your abstract and register for the meeting as early as possible for meeting planning purposes.  It will be essential to have commitment from our members and attendees for the in-person meeting to be successful. At this time, a virtual component is not being planned for the meeting, and presentations will only be available to those attending in person.


Location:  The Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom, California is approximately 30 miles from the Sacramento Airport.  The Inn is accessible by rental car, Uber, or Lyft.


A room block is available at the Lake Natoma Inn for the NASPS annual meeting, and the room rate is $95 plus tax.  Please call the Inn at 916-351-1500 and reference the NASPS room block to reserve your room.  The room block will be released October 7th.



Abstract Submission: Abstract submission is open! Please submit your abstract using the following link.  Note there is no option to present virtually; all presentations will be done in-person at the meeting.


Abstract Submission Link


The abstract submission has been extended to August 12th.



Student Travel Awards:  Travel awards for students to attend the NASPS 2022 annual meeting are available.  See the following link for application details.


Student Travel Award 2022


Submission closes June 30th.


Registration:  Registration is now closed.  On-site registration may be possible through direct invoicing.  Please contact Molly Webb at to enquire about registration.


Registration rates are the following:


NASPS Regular Member        $500 (USD)

NASPS Student Member        $400 (USD)

NASPS Non-member              $600 (USD)

Single Day*                             $200 (USD)


*If you are registering for a single day, please let us know which day you will be attending by emailing your information to  Your meals (breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday or breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Wednesday) will be included in the single day registration rate.


To become a member of NASPS, please click the JOIN US button at the top of the webpage.


Cancellation Policy:  The meeting is non-refundable.  Registration is transferrable should an individual not be able to attend.  If the meeting is cancelled due to low attendance, registration costs will be reimbursed.

Workshops:  Two NASPS workshops will be held on Wednesday October 26th from 1:00-4:00.  There is no fee to attend either the Green Sturgeon Recovery Forum or the Innovasea Acoustic Telemetry Workshop.

Green Sturgeon Recovery Forum

In 2018, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region published the sDPS North American Green Sturgeon Recovery Plan. For recovery plans to be useful, they must be “living” documents updated regularly to reflect relevant new information. NOAA West Coast Region guidance describes a process to annually review recovery plans and make recommendations on whether updates or revisions are warranted. Data through 2010 and 2011 were used to inform the 2018 plan. The last decade of sturgeon research has advanced our understanding of green sturgeon in significant and meaningful ways. These new data can provide invaluable insight on green sturgeon demographics and threats – core elements of the NOAA recovery plans.


The goal of this workshop is to convene sturgeon experts from across North America and have a robust dialogue over current demographic data, habitat conditions needed for survival and recovery, and threats facing sturgeon species. We will discuss the needs of acipenserids, which will be used to inform whether updates to the sDPS North American Green Sturgeon Recovery Plan are warranted. We will present key attributes, indicators, and threats, and ask experts to discuss whether data presented are current, out of date, missing anything, or otherwise in need of updating. There will also be an opportunity to discuss data gaps, data needs, and what our participants feel is necessary in order to recover sDPS North American green sturgeon.


Innovasea Acoustic Telemetry Workshop 

This workshop will provide information on how to conduct a successful acoustic telemetry study. Topics include: how acoustic telemetry works, designing a successful study, range testing, deployment tips, data management and QA, and using receiver diagnostic data to assess system performance. We’ll also highlight new data management and visualization tools and some exciting upcoming product releases.