Nicholls to host international gar meeting

THIBODAUX – Gar biologists from Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada and the United States will converge at Nicholls State University on Tuesday, May 25, for the annual meeting of the International Network for Lepisosteid Fish Research and Management.

The purpose of the four-day conference – slated to open with an optional “Gar Aging Workshop” on Tuesday and continue with the regular meeting on Wednesday morning – is to allow everyone who works professionally with gars the chance to meet and learn from each other. Topics to be covered include the biology, ecology, management, conservation, natural history and aquaculture of lepisosteid fishes – or gars.

The conference will be open to the public from Wednesday to Friday, but all attendees will need to pay the registration fee at the door – $100 per non-student, $60 per student. Registration fees include access to the meeting, lunch on Thursday and a crawfish boil Thursday night.

For additional information, including meeting schedules, locations and topics, go to and click “International Network for Lepisosteid Fish Research and Management” under the “Events” heading.