The 42nd Annual meeting of the DESERT FISHES COUNCIL (DFC) will be held 18-21 NOVEMBER (Thursday to Sunday) 2010 in the Moab Valley Inn, in Moab, Utah. Local host is the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

An informal social will occur at the hotel the preceding (Wednesday) evening. Technical papers and posters are presented starting at 8:00 AM Thursday and continuing until 5:00 PM each day through Saturday. The DFC business meeting and banquet are Friday afternoon and evening, with a field trip on Sunday. The Banquet will be held at the Moab Valley Inn, and will feature Pizza.


The Moab Valley Inn is holding a block of rooms for us until 16 October 2010 at the special rate of $80 (single or double occupancy), plus tax. To receive the discounted room rate you must make your reservation by phone (435-259-4419 or 800-831-6622), clearly identifying yourself as a DFC attendee. Reservations can also be made online using group code UDWR1110. Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance. Inn amenities include: continental breakfast, fitness center, swimming pool, jacuzzi, wireless internet, refrigerator in each room, and walking distance to many restaurants including the Moab Breweryright across the street. Those interested in room sharing or car pooling might announce their interests via DFC-L.

For those wishing to arrive a day early or stay a day late, we blocked a limited number of rooms at the Moab Valley Inn for Tuesday (16 Nov) and Sunday (21 Nov) nights. These will be available at the discounted meeting price for meeting attendees.


Salt Lake City, Utah is the nearest major airport, from which rental cars are the most practical way to get to Moab (240 miles southeast), though commercial ground shuttles are also available from this airport. The drive is rated ‘scenic’ on roadmaps. Another option is to fly into Grand Junction, Colorado and rent a car there (115 miles southwest – no shuttles). Daily flights exist from Salt Lake or Grand Junction to Moab’s small airport (Canyonlands), but are expensive (>$300).

Car-pooling – The DFC-L email list is being used for communications by those interested in ride sharing. Those offering or seeking rides should reply to the original email “About car pooling to Moab” (but to DFC-L@lists.cc.utexas.edu) or send your own original email to the list (remember you must first be subscribed) using that same subject. Following these instructions will assure that all car-pool-related information will be included in the same thread in the DFC-L archive for easy discovery by others with the same interests.


Register, pay dues, and purchase DFC products online at the DFC Online store.

Registration types
(Early categories disappear from the Online store at midnight on October 1) Fee
(U.S. Dollars)
EARLY meeting registration – DFC Latin American student member. $40.00
EARLY meeting registration – DFC Latin American regular member. $60.00
EARLY meeting registration – DFC student member. $60.00
EARLY meeting registration – DFC regular member. $150.00
EARLY meeting registration – DFC non- member. $190.00
LATE meeting registration – DFC Latin American student member. $60.00
LATE meeting registration – DFC Latin American regular member. $90.00
LATE meeting registration – DFC student member. $90.00
LATE meeting registration – DFC regular member. $225.00
LATE meeting registration – DFC non- member. $285.00

All registrations include one banquet ticket. An extra banquet ticket for a guest will be $25. Meeting registration rates increase 50% after the October 1 pre-registration deadline. Cancellations will be accepted until 31 October, but a $5.00 USD fee will be charged. Email your online store receipt to Phil Pister for a credit if you have to cancel.


Abstract Submission

Whether oral or poster, presentations must fall within the scope of the DFC’s mission. No abstract will be accepted or scheduled unless submitted in compliance with the instructions to authors.

The deadline for submitting abstracts has past. Submitted abstracts can be viewed here. DFC membership and meeting pre-registration paid by the abstract deadline are pre-requisites for abstract acceptance; if you plan to present a paper, when you submit your abstract (or before) be sure to pre-register and pay DFC membership dues for 2010.

Oral presentations are allotted 15 minutes (including questions and responses). Each presenter is limited to a single oral presentation, but poster presentations are not limited and are encouraged.

Delivery of PowerPoint files

We no longer require delivery of PowerPoint files by FTP. Simply follow these new instructions. Additional details regarding local ability to read different media (USB memory, CD’s etc.), file naming, etc., may be posted by the local host to DFC-L shortly before the meeting. If you think you may have missed any such notice in your email, you can consult the DFC-L archive.

Viewing submitted abstracts

Submitted abstracts may be viewed here, along with their presentation dates and times once that has been added by the Program Committee.


The special symposium for 2010 will be “Effective Conservation of Desert Fishes: Traditional & Novel Approaches” Those interested in contributing papers to this symposium should contact the organizer Chris Hoagstrom. Authors accepted will still need to submit abstracts (above).

For more information, consult the DFC-L archive. You will need to log on and look under Archive for the subject ‘special symposium for the 2010 meeting’ posted on June 29th.

These are special oral reports coordinated by ecoregion. Agency offices and other organizations desiring to contribute information to these reports should contact their corresponding Area Coordinator. Area coordinators will also be contacting individuals in their areas to solicit input to their reports. More information or help with this process can be obtained from theAreas Coordinator, who coordinates the work of all of the Area Coordinators.

Awards are presented annually for the best presentations given by students. Students competing for these awards must indicate that in the submission of their abstract.

DFC routinely helps defer expenses incurred to travel to present papers or posters, with preference given to students and citizens of Latin American countries. Special instructions detailed in the travel grants page must be followed to request travel support.Travel grant request forms must be received by 1 October.


Resolutions must be submitted via the same form as for abstracts and by the same deadline. Additional information and a specific format are required, however, as detailed in the 2004 meeting minutes.


This year’s field trip will be a river rafting trip from Moab down the Colorado River (Sunday 21st). Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will provide 8 boats with a maximum of 40 people total for the field trip. Members can bring additional boats if they desire. Permits are not required. Each raft will have a local biologist to provide summary of native fish conservation actions. Additional details will be provided as they are finalized.


Watch for announcements to be sent via the DFC email list (DFC-L) and for periodic updates to these web pages.

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