Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society

Summer Field Assistants Needed

Positions: Two Arctic Field Research Assistants Duration: ~August 6 to ~ August 27, 2018 Location: Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories Stipend: $2,100 for the three-week duration. All costs related to travel, food and accommodations are additionally covered. Description: Our study area is in a unique region of northern Canada, where Canada’s first all-season highway connection to the Arctic Ocean has just opened to the public. This August, our research team will be collecting fish population data in lakes between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. The research program is a joint effort led by Dr. Derek Gray (Wilfrid Laurier) and Dr. Sapna Sharma (York University) investigating the effects of climate change on […]

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2018 Larkin Award Now Accepting Applications

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 awards are valued at $400.00 and are not restricted to students with Canadian citizenship. The award is administered and supported by the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section (CARS) of the American Fisheries Society (AFS). To be eligible for the award, you must be a current member of AFS (go to fisheries.org). You can join at the time of applying to this award. We also encourage you to check the […]

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Join the CARS Excom!

CARS is seeking people to fill the following positions (start date September 2018): Vice-President– duties are at the leisure of the president and the position is primarily for training.  The VP accedes the Presidency upon the completion of the two-year term. In total, this is a six-year commitment (2-year VP, 2-year P, and 2 year Past-President). Secretary/Treasurer – duties are to assist with the preparation of the annual report, collect and be custodian of section funds, disperse funds as authorized, complete CRA reporting on an annual basis, and keep official records of the section. This is a a two-year term, however multiple consecutive terms are allowed. Communications Officer – duties include: […]

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Larkin Award Runner-up: Sarah Walton

By Sarah Walton, M.Sc. candidate, Carleton University I am an MSc candidate co-supervised by Dr. Steven Cooke in the Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory at Carleton University and Dr. John Farrell from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). My research investigates spatiotemporal and behavioural ecology of age zero esocids – Muskellunge (Esox masquinogy) and Northern Pike (Esox lucius) – in the St. Lawrence River. Exploring the spatiotemporal ecology of fish is necessary to elucidate life history strategies, delineate and conserve core habitats, and appropriately manage populations. While nursery habitat requirements for age zero esocids in the St. Lawrence River are well […]

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Larkin Award Runner-up (PhD) – Michael Lawrence

By Michael Lawrence My current body of work looks to address the role of the stress axis in mediating predator-prey interactions in wild fishes. My research primarily focuses on the biology of pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) in the Rideau Lakes region. Specifically, I’m looking to characterize the physiological consequences of sustained cortisol elevation on the metabolic operation of pumpkinseed and to link these alterations with behavioural parameters that are indicative of anti-predator capacity and/or risk aversion. During my research, I will also be quantifying the influence of cortisol on altering predation rate in a mesocosm setting thereby linking physiological, behavioural and ecological scale processes together to thoroughly address the question of […]

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Larkin Award Recipient (PhD) – Andrea Reid

Ultimate Fate of Pacific Salmon in the Pacific Northwest Written by Andrea Reid I am currently a PhD student cosupervised by Dr. Steven Cooke in the Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory at Carleton University and Dr. Scott Hinch in the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory at the University of British Columbia. My research investigates the impacts of fisheries interactions for the fate of Pacific salmon (genus Oncorhynchus) in British Columbia’s most salmon-bearing rivers: the Nass, Skeena and Fraser Rivers (see map). I integrate methods from multiple disciplines – movement ecology, ecophysiology and socio-ecology – to understand how different fisheries-related stressors are shaping Pacific salmon migrations and their future. As […]

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Larkin Award Recipient (MSc) – William Twardek

By William Twardek, MSc. Candidate, Carleton University, Little is known about the biological consequences of recreational fisheries for steelhead trout, despite steelhead being one of the most highly coveted species to anglers around the world. It is particularly important to account for the impact that recreational fisheries have on steelhead given that there are only a few wild populations left in the world distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest and Russia. In most, if not all recreational fisheries, anglers are required to release steelhead following capture under the premise that released fish suffer minimal fitness consequences. Although commercial fisheries for steelhead have indicated significant by-catch mortality of steelhead, few studies have […]

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OFAH seeking Fisheries Biologist

The OFAH is currently looking to hire a Fisheries Biologist. This is a full-time permanent position based in Peterborough that offers unique and diverse opportunities to participate in fisheries management throughout Ontario. We would appreciate your support in sharing the attached job advertisement (also found at https://www.ofah.org/jobs/fisheries-biologist/). If you know of anyone who is seeking a full-time permanent position in the fisheries field, please share this opportunity with them. The posting closes on August 20, 2017 at 5pm.

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Opportunities with Fish Ecology and Conservation Phys Lab, Carleton U

PhD-level Research Associate in Quantitative Movement Ecology The Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory at Carleton University is seeking a PhD-level Research Associate in the area of movement ecology and applied quantitative ecology.  The position will be based on campus (in Ottawa, Canada) and involve working with large biotelemetry and biologging datasets generated for a variety of aquatic animals.  The successful applicant will have experience in managing and querying complex databases. Analytical skills must include generalized linear mixed modeling of temporally and spatially dependent data and multivariate statistics.  Familiarity with structural equation modeling, state-space modeling, network analysis, and GIS is desirable.  Applicants should be highly organized, have experience generating peer-reviewed […]

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Tracking Walleye in Hamilton Habour

Written by Jill Brooks, 2016 MSc. Larkin co-Awardee, follow her on Twitter too, @jillbrooks85! I am currently an MSc student, supervised by Dr. Steven Cooke in the Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Lab at Carleton University in Ottawa. My research focuses on the movement of fish in response to various habitat restoration efforts in Hamilton Harbour at the western end of Lake Ontario. The aquatic ecosystem in the Harbour has been degraded over the last 120 years as a result of industrialization and land use change. Sewage, fertilizers and industrial pollutants flowing into the relatively small system, combined with extensive physical habitat alteration has resulted in Hamilton Harbour deemed as an […]

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