Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) research grants

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) research grant application process is underway for 2017.  Students wishing to apply for an OFAH research grant this year will be able to submit electronically.  The OFAH and partners are offering four different grants worth $4,000 each to university students researching fish and wildlife topics that are helping to improve resource management.  The OFAH uses a science-based approach to our advocacy in fish and wildlife management. Who can apply? Any graduate or post-graduate student currently researching a fish and wildlife topic, and whose findings would benefit Ontario’s fish and/or wildlife management. What is being offered? There are four separate research grants of […]

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Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries at a Canadian Institution – 2016 Results

This year, a total of 5 MSc. candidates and 5 PhD. candidates applied for the Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries.  Five Canadian Institutions were represented by the pool of applicants:  Lakehead, Carleton University, Queens University, University of British Columbia, and University of Windsor.  Our judging panel consisted of Cindy Chu (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources) and Kenneth Jeffries (University of Manitoba).   The 2016 winner and runner-up at the MSc. level are: Jill Brooks (Carleton University) and Petra Szekeres (Carleton University) – winner (tie) Brittany Sullivan (Carleton University) – runner-up   The 2016 winners at the PhD. level are: Jacqueline M. Chapman (Carleton University), Nathan Furey (University […]

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2016 Peter A. Larkin Award Competition

Applications are now being accepted for the Peter A. Larkin Student Award for Excellence in Fisheries. The purpose of the award is to identify the top current MSc and PhD level students that are conducting fisheries research at a Canadian institution. The award is not restricted to students with Canadian citizenship. Please pay attention to the page limitations for each section. Note that Times New Roman, 12pt font is to be used, with page margins of 2 cm on all sides. Upon completion of the application, please convert the document to a pdf and name the file with your last name followed by an underscore and Larkin (i.e., Lastname_Larkin.pdf). Completed documents are […]

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FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA 2014 OUTSTANDING SCIENTIFIC PAPER OF THE YEAR AWARD

CARS VP Nick Mandrak and CARS member Andrew Drake have been awarded the DFO 2014 Outstanding Scientific Paper of the Year award. The paper was chosen from 15 nominated papers and details the risk factors for potential species invasions in lake ecosystems. See paper here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/13-0541.1/abstract See PDF of announcement: DFO SC Paper.

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OFAH Research Grant Application Process Underway

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) research grant application process is underway for 2016.  Students wishing to apply for an OFAH research grant this year will be able to submit electronically.  The OFAH and partners are offering four different grants worth $4,000 each to university students researching fish and wildlife topics that are helping to improve resource management.  The OFAH uses a science-based approach to our advocacy in fish and wildlife management.   Who can apply? Any graduate or post-graduate student currently researching a fish and wildlife topic, and whose findings would benefit Ontario’s fish and/or wildlife management.   What is being offered? There are four separate research […]

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AFS 2015 – Portland, OR

The 145th Annual General Meeting of the AFS ran between August 16–20 in Portland, Oregon. There were  over 3,200 fisheries professionals present and countless (well not technically countless) oral and poster presentations.  The trade show was the biggest ever and even included the infamous salmon cannon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9qA8c-E_oA). As is typical of AFS meetings, the beer, food, and conversation were pleasing. Canadians and CARS had plenty of things to celebrate. To start, there was a large western contingent of CARS members and plenty of talks on Pacific salmon! CARS members also cleaned-up on awards. Dr. Bruce Barton (retired, University of South Dakota) was awarded the Meritorious Service Award, Jake Brownscombe (PhD candidate, Carleton University) […]

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CARS Celebrates Dr. Harold Harvey

The Canadian Aquatic Resources Section took the opportunity at a Celebration of Dr. Harold Harvey’s influential career as one of Canada’s pre-eminent Fisheries Scientists to present him with a certificate of his inauguration into the CARS, Legends in Fisheries Science Award. The event was held at the University of Toronto Faculty Club and hosted by Don Jackson and Andrew Drake. CARS President-elect Mark Poesch, CARS VP Nick Mandrak, and ex-Past President John Casselman were all in attendance. See our facebook post for photos of the event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.913703985341892&type=1    

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AFS-OC Travel Bursary for OEEE Colloquium

The Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium is an annual conference for student researchers from Ontario to share their work in these fields in an intimate and constructive forum. At AFS-OC, we recognize that it is important for our student members to expand their experience, expertise, and networks beyond that of the fisheries world, and this conference is a great opportunity to do so. For the first time, we are offering a travel bursary to support the attendance of an AFS-OC student member at this year’s Colloquium at York University from May 13-15, 2015. If you, or a student you know, is interested in attending this year’s meeting, we encourage […]

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2105 Larkin Award applications now available

Applications are now being accepted for the Peter A. Larkin Student Award for Excellence in Fisheries. The purpose of the award is to identify the top current MSc and PhD level students that are conducting fisheries research at a Canadian institution. The award is not restricted to students with Canadian citizenship. Please pay attention to the page limitations for each section. Note that Times New Roman, 12pt font is to be used, with page margins of 2 cm on all sides. Upon completion of the application, please convert the document to a pdf and name the file with your last name followed by an underscore and Larkin (i.e., Lastname_Larkin.pdf). Completed […]

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Larkin Awardee Research Write-up

By Vivian M. Nguyen, 2014 PhD Larkin Award Winner From animal movements to knowledge movements: Knowledge mobilization associated with rapid developments in electronic tagging technology and its application I am currently a PhD student in the Biology Department at Carleton University. I wouldn’t say that my research project is a typical one you would find within a biology department; instead, I am pushing the boundaries a bit, and taking on a more social science slant. My research focuses on addressing the gap between science and action, and understanding the movement of knowledge in the context of improved conservation through informed decision making. I am using knowledge produced from electronic tagging […]

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