64th MSA Annual Boston Dinner – Saturday, February 3, 2018– Burlington, MA
The 64th Annual Boston Dinner and Symposium will be held Saturday, February 3rd. On this occasion, you will be joining fellow anglers, conservationists and honoring John Gerstmayr, a MSA (US) board member who was instrumental in incorporating the MSA (US). The only fundraiser in the US, the Boston Dinner is essential to MSA conservation goals. Goods and services include original art by renowned artists, John Swan, Audrey Prucnal and Luther Hall, prime Miramichi angling trips, fishing gear, outdoor clothing, home accessories, and crafts.
You can also learn about the MSA’s salmon advocacy programs, including ocean tracking of smolt and kelt, cold water pool enhancement, and programs for educating the public about the Atlantic Salmon and its place in the ecosystem.
The event begins at 2:00 with our Symposium, where guests can learn the latest updates pertaining to the Miramichi and other important angling and conservation topics. Confirmed presentations include:
- Addressing Salmon Stocking Concerns from “Kicking the Habit” The Atlantic Salmon Journal, Autumn 2017. This past fall the ASJ posted an article, “Kicking the Habit”, highly critical of hatchery stocking and the CAST program. In fact, both can be effective for enhancing salmon populations, and as tools for research.
- Re-wilding the Hatchery: A Five Year Test of the Peter Gray-River Tyne Method on the East Machias River. Dwayne Shaw, Executive Director, Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) will speak on the DSF’s effort to restore salmon in the United States using hatchery methods, pioneered by Peter Gray, that successfully revived the salmon stocks of England’s River Tyne.
- Screening of the Documentary, “Atlantic Salmon – Lost at Sea!” With an introduction by its creator, Deirdre Brennan, Lost at Sea takes the viewer on the salmons’ voyage from the rivers of Europe and North America to their arctic feeding grounds, and addresses the mystery of why so many die before they can return to spawn. In making the film, Ms. Brennan benefited from the latest tracking technology, had unique access to the Salmon at Sea (SALSEA) program coordinated by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization, and scientists worldwide.
Activity continues with a reception and silent auction at 5:00. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, swap stories with other fishers and conservationists, and compete for the terrific items in our silent auction. (Visit the MSA website often for updates to the list of silent and live auction offerings.) Dinner will be served at 7:00, followed by the live auction.
As in the past, this event will be held at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, Massachusetts (near Boston). Tickets can be purchased for $175.00 U.S. per person, $325.00 for a couple, and $110 for guests less than 35 years of age.
Invitations were mailed on December 21st. To make dinner reservations or get additional information:
In US, call the MSA (US) office: (781) 397-8870 or e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org
In Canada, e-mail or call Kate Flanagan, Miramichi Office at (506) 622-4000; or email email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: Hotel reservations at the Boston Marriott Burlington may be made by calling (888) 855-7741 for a reduced rate of $125 no later than January 15, 2018. Tell them you are with the Miramichi Salmon function.