LOCATION, TIME AND DATE:
The 8th Annual Trinational Sardine Forum will be held in the Shedd Auditorium of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, located at 2595 Ingraham Street, San Diego, California in the United States. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 29th and end by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30th. Hubbs-SeaWorld is about a 5 minute walk from The Dana Hotel, so rental cars are not essential. We will provide transportation for an off-site dinner, generously sponsored by the California Wetfish Producers Association on the evening of the 29th. Please visit http://swfsc.noaa.gov/tsf.aspx for more information on the 8th Trinational Sardine Forum as it becomes available.
OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR VISITING THE UNITED STATES:
All visitors to the United States must have a valid passport. Mexican citizens are required to obtain a non-immigrant visa or be in possession of a Border Crossing Card. Canadian citizens do not need a visa unless they are members of the Canadian government, in which case a visa is required.
It is important to apply for a visa early as visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Please visit this website for more information about visiting the United States:
The Dana on Mission Bay
1710 W. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Ph: 1-800-445-3339 (toll free)
$139 special government rate.
Overnight parking at the hotel is $10 per night.
Individuals must identify themselves as part of Southwest Fisheries Science Center at the time of making reservations in order to be eligible for the special group rate. When booking online from The Dana website (www.thedana.net), please click on the Group Reservations tab and enter the following Attendee Code: SFSC.
Participants must use a credit card to hold the reservation no later than October 26th, 2007. After this date we cannot guarantee the special room rate. Anne Allen needs to have a head count of people who will stay at The Dana Hotel to ensure availability, so please send an email to email@example.com indicating whether or not you will stay at the hotel by October 22nd.
The Dana Hotel provides free shuttle transportation to and from the San Diego Airport. Call the hotel direct at 619-222-6440 from the baggage claim area to arrange a pickup. Hotel check-in time is after 4:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12:00 noon on the day of departure.
California's second largest city and the United States' seventh largest, San Diego boasts a city-wide population of nearly 1.3 million residents and more than 2.8 million residents county-wide. San Diego is renowned for its idyllic climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches and a dazzling array of world-class family attractions. Popular attractions include the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Sea World San Diego and LEGOLAND California. More information can be found at the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website at: www.sandiego.org
San Diego international airport (SAN) is located in downtown San Diego approximately 25 minutes from the meeting location. There are several options for transportation from the airport, including rental cars, shuttles, and taxis. As mentioned above, the Dana Hotel provides free shuttle transportation to and from the San Diego Airport. Call the hotel direct at 619-222-6440 from the baggage claim area to arrange a pickup.
Weather at the end of November in San Diego can be fairly variable, from sunny and warm (65°F) to cool and rainy (45-50°F). Attire for the meeting is casual, and bringing several layers is recommended.
There will be a $60 registration fee which is due by November 1, 2007. Payment is accepted by cash, check, or PayPal. Checks must be from a U.S. bank and made out to “California Wetfish Producers Association.”
To pay with a major credit card using PayPal, visit www.paypal.com. If you do not already have an account, you must create one with an email address and password. There is no charge to create an account. Then go to the “Send Money” tab, and fill in $60 to the Trinational account email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The next page will allow you to fill in your credit card information and submit your payment.
Regardless of payment method, please submit the registration form to Anne Allen by October 22nd, 2007.
||Draft Abstracts for verbal presentations and posters due
||Final deadline for hotel reservations at The Dana on Mission Bay
||Registration fees due
||9:00 a.m. Beginning of Forum
||Dinner at The Fish Market, sponsored by California Wetfish Producers Association
||6:00 p.m. End of Forum
8th TRINATIONAL SARDINE FORUM COMMITTEES
Dr. Nancy Lo, SWFSC, La Jolla, CA
Dra. Sharon Herzka, CICESE, Mexico
Dr. Timothy Baumgartner, CICESE, Mexico
Mr. Orlando Amoroso, Purse seine owner, CA
Dr. Roger Hewitt, SWFSC, La Jolla, CA
Diane Pleschner-Steele, California Wetfish Producers Association
Anne Allen, SWFSC, La Jolla, CA
Dr. Nancy Lo, SWFSC
Dra. Sharon Herzka, CICESE
Dr. Robert Emmett, NWFSC
Jake Schweigert, DFO
The principal goal of the working groups is to promote coast-wide cooperation in producing information needed regarding the biology and dynamics of the population:
WG1: Regional biomass-Nancy Lo
WG2: Stock structure, age structure and adult sampling - Russ Vetter
WG3: Industry trends and issues - Orlando Amoroso, Martín Gutierrez, Don Pepper, and Diane Pleschner-Steele
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
If you have any questions please contact:
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037