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NSERC Strategic Grant – 2 PhD Positions Available

As part of the NSERC Strategic Grant 2 Ph.D. positions (funded for 4 years) are available under the co-supervision of Dr. Ian Fleming of Memorial University’s Department of Ocean Sciences and Dr. Ian Bradbury of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Escapes of farm salmon are both an economic loss and an environmental concern. Their effects on wild salmon populations will be a function of: (1) the presence of escapes and subsequent interbreeding (frequency and magnitude); (2) differences in traits that affect survival, competition and reproduction; (3) ability of natural systems to buffer against escapes through natural selection; and (4) our ability to mitigate impacts. The Ph.D. students will work […]

Call for Nominations – 2015 Legends of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management

Call for Nominations – 2015 LEGENDS OF CANADIAN FISHERIES SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT – Due March 1st 2015   Canada has a long and illustrious history in fisheries science and management.  Indeed, many scientific discoveries, assessment tools, and even contemporary management strategies can be attributed to Canadian fisheries professionals.  The Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society launched a new recognition program called “Legends of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management” in 2014.  The goal of the program is to recognize the accomplishments of fisheries professionals in Canada.  Beyond the recognition to the individual, highlighting their accomplishments will ensure that the next generation of fisheries professionals remain connected to the […]

2015 Ontario Fish ID Workshops

ROM is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 Royal Ontario Museum Fish Identification Workshops.  The workshops will be held at the University of Guelph again this year. Attached in  pdf formats (2015 Fish ID Workshop; 2015_Registration form) are information and a registration form. ROM encourages you to register as soon as possible as these workshops are very popular and tend to fill up quickly.

Fisheries Magazine: January 2015

Highlights of Fisheries Magazine – January 2015 In this Issue: JOURNAL SUMMARIES • Stocked Piscivores May Be Tougher Than We Thought by Jeff Schaeffer • Increasing Survival Rates of Discarded Red Snapper: Best Release Strategies by Sarah Harrison POLICY COLUMN • Culverts as Culprit and Conservation Choice Thomas E. Bigford ESSAYS AND FEATURES • Broadening the Regulated-River Management Paradigm: A Case Study of the Forgotten Dead Zone Hindering Pallid Sturgeon Recovery by Christopher S. Guy, Hilary B. Treanor, Kevin M. Kappenman, Eric A. Scholl, Jason E. Ilgen, Molly A. H. Webb (Spanish abstract) • Climate Change Effects on Aquatic Ecosystems and the Challenge for Fishery Management: Pink Shrimp of the Southern Gulf of Mexico  Francisco Arreguín-Sánchez, Pablo del Monte-Luna, and […]


The American Fisheries Society is recruiting NEW members! If you join now, you get 50% off regular dues!  Do you know anybody who is not a AFS member who should be? Encourage them to sign up, and to join CARS while they are at it! Now is the time! For those of you who are already members of AFS, REMEMBER TO JOIN CARS when you renew your membership this year!!!

Notes on the CARS AGM, 2015

CARS had its Annual General Meeting on Friday, January 9 during the CCFFR Meeting in Ottawa. We discussed the many accomplishments of 2014, and set out some strategies and goals for the New Year! Here are some of the key discussion points. All details are available in the attached PDF. ACCOMPLISHMENTS of 2014  LEGENDS IN CANADIAN FISHERIES SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT Last year, CARS launched a recognition program to highlight accomplishments of fisheries professionals in Canada. The awards honor lifetime achievements of Canadian fisheries scientists and managers. The names of inductees are presented on a plaque. Check out the PDF for details on 2014’s inductees. ** We are still looking for […]

Where should Canada focus freshwater conservation efforts in 2015?

A recent article in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science has a few sophisticated suggestions. In this study, Cynthia Chu and colleagues integrate indices of anthropogenic stress, environmental condition, and freshwater fish biodiversity to identify Canadian watersheds that are especially important targets for conservation and management. The authors compare 2003 findings to recent data and find that, in general, stress indices have crept northward due to increasing temperatures and expansion of anthropogenic activities. So where is the greatest need for conservation in 2015 (and in the future)? Northern BC, Alberta and Ontario! Heads up, everybody! Read Chu et al. for more information (DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0609) “To be effective, conservation […]

Several MSc and PhD Positions @ U of T

MSc and PhD POSITIONS in CONSERVATION of FRESHWATER FISHES   Freshwater fishes are among the most imperiled taxa in the world. Over 30% of freshwater fishes in North America, and over 25% in Canada, are of conservation concern. The primary current stressors related to imperilment are habitat alteration and destruction, and aquatic invasive species. While native species are declining, aquatic invasive species are spreading in North America. These trends are expected to be exacerbated in the future by stressors such as climate change and human population growth. The objective of the Mandrak lab research program is to better understand the patterns, processes, and stressors of Canadian freshwater fishes at multiple […]


CARS AGM Agenda – Friday, January 9, 2015, 17:30 – 18:30, Governor General I Agenda Call to Order – Jack Imhof Recognition of Guests and Visitors – Jack Report from the President – Jack Financial Report – Jack for Margot Stockwell Larkin Award – Jack for Karen Murchie Legends Award – Re-announcement and call for new candidates for 2015– Steve Cooke Updates Communications Status – Jack for Caleb Hasler PAGSE Participation – Steve Book Project Update – Steve Report on AFS2014 – Jack AFS News – Further update – Jack Old Business New Business Creation of an Endowment Fund Sub-Committee for Larkin Award – Jack and Steve Search for new […]