Dedicated to the Conservation of Southeastern Fishes 

The Southeastern Fishes Council (SFC) is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to the study and conservation of freshwater and coastal fishes of the southeastern United States. The southeastern region includes the greatest global biodiversity of temperate freshwater fishes, and has well over one-half of all species found in North America. The SFC was formed in 1975 by a group of scientists concerned with increasing environmental threats to rivers of the Southeast, and long-term protection of the southeastern fish fauna. The SFC publishes peer-reviewed scientific papers, regional reports, announcements, and other news in a biannual Proceedings that is distributed to dues-paying members. Anyone is encouraged to submit original research articles on the distribution, ecology, systematics, conservation, or other aspects of the biology of southeastern fishes for publication in the Proceedings. The SFC has an annual business meeting held in November of each year.

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Freshwater Information Network Workshop Opportunity:

The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and Tennessee Tech have been working to design an interactive application for freshwater scientific data reporting and sharing. As more scientists study imperiled species and reduce the number of voucher specimens preserved in the field, the role of photo vouchers to identify and catalog specimens has become more important. However, it can be hard to provide accessibility to photo vouchers to share knowledge about the species most in need of increased protection. The Freshwater Information Network (FIN) will be a secure scientific data portal where scientists can report sightings, archive permanently accessioned photo vouchers, and collaborate with others for rapid conservation actions.

On Wednesday, November 15th from 12:00 – 3:30 pm, we will offer a short workshop to introduce potential users to the Freshwater Information Network.  We’ll cover the application, uses, reporting, and key photo characteristics required for accurate photo vouchering. The workshop will be held at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (address and directions below – it is NOT located at the Tennessee Aquarium downtown). The workshop is FREE, including lunch. Space is limited to 30 individuals. For more information or to reserve a spot please contact Sarah Sweat at or Bernie Kuhajda at

Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute:

Address: 175 Baylor School Road

Chattanooga, TN 37405


16 Nov 2017 (EST) • Chattanooga, Tennessee

Southeastern Fishes Council 

2017 Meeting

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The annual meeting of the Southeastern Fishes Council will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday and Friday, November 16-17, 2017. Additionally, an educational field trip to a local stream will be offered on Saturday, November 18.

The meeting will include two days of oral presentation sessions and a poster session on Thursday evening at the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Journey.  We will also offer a lightning talk session of 5-minute talks (strictly enforced!) with no questions on Thursday. Titles and abstracts must be submitted for all presentations by Monday October 16, 2017 at

Registration is open with EARLY registration ending October 28th at midnight!

Following the poster session there will be an auction at the DoubleTree Hotel. Please look around for duplicate publications (fish or otherwise) plus anything “fishy” that you think we might be able to raise a couple of dollars from in an auction.

Those interested will be able to tour the new Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute at an open house on Wednesday, November 15 from 4-6 pm.  This 14,000 sq. ft. freshwater field station is located four miles north of the Tennessee Aquarium along the Tennessee River (35.08139, -85.33704).

Registration Rates:

  • Member Early Registration – $125.00 (Must be a dues paid member prior to registration, renew online)
  • Member Late Registration – $175.00
  • Non Member Early Registration – $175.00 (If you would like to join and get the Regular Member Rate click here:
  • Non Member Late Registration – $225.00
  • Student Member Early Registration – $50.00
  • Student Member Late Registration – $75.00
  • Student Non Member Early Registration – $100.00 (If you would like to join and get the Student Member rate click here:
  • Student Non Member Late Registration – $150.00

Accommodations: DoubleTree Hotel, 407 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. The Southeastern Fishes Council has 75 rooms reserved at the DoubleTree Hotel for Wednesday and Thursday nights and 15 rooms for Friday night for $129.00/night plus taxes (17.25%). Parking on site is $15.00/night for overnight guests and $11.00/day for meeting attendees. Rooms must be reserved by 18 October 2017 to guarantee availability.  There are three ways to reserve rooms:

1.  Call the hotel directly at (423) 756-5150.  Provide the front desk the arrival date and group name-TNACI-SE Fishes.

2.  Copy and paste the URL listed below into your web browser and enter the arrival and departure dates to begin the reservation process:

  Go to  Enter your arrival date and departure date and then click on “Add special rate codes.”  In the “Group code” field, enter your group code, which is TNC.  The group information will pull up and you will continue the reservation process.




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