CARS is an association of members of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) who share concerns for fisheries and other aquatic resources in Canada. The section was initiated in 1991 to provide a forum for discussion of Canadian issues and the future of the fisheries profession in Canada, and to facilitate an expansion of AFS services to Canadian members. Our bylaws can be found here.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement:
In accordance with the AFS Strategic Plan, CARS is committed to increasing gender, ethnic, disciplinary, and cultural diversity of its membership. CARS aims to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within the section and the fisheries profession in Canada. Doing so is vital to maintaining relevance and responding to the challenges facing Canadian fisheries science and management.


The CARS Executive currently consists of the following:

President: Caleb Hasler

Vice President: Craig Purchase

Past President: Nick Mandrak

Treasurer and Secretary: Erin Rechisky

Communication Officer: Graham Raby (email with announcements, post ideas, job opportunities; seeking nominations)

Assistant Communications Officer: Sarah Walton-Rabideau

Student Representatives: Jamie Taylor Card, Paul Bzonek (alternate)

Chair of the Larkin Award (non-voting): Sarah Lehnert

Presidents of Atlantic International, Ontario, Mid Canada, and Washington-British Columbia chapters also serve asĀ ex officio members of the CARS Executive Committee