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AFS / CARS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

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 […]

CLIMATE CHANGE and NORTHERN FISH SPECIES

A recent article published by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans highlights the important work of Dr. Jim Reist and his colleagues regarding the effects of climate change on fish species in Canada’s North! Dr. Reist leads the Climate Change and Arctic Fisheries Research Program at the DFO, and collaborates with First Nations and Inuvialuit fishers to determine Northward shift in fish species’ migration patterns, and to examine how these changes may threaten native Arctic fish populations. Working with First Nations, Inuvialuit and other local communities is an important aspect  of the research conducted by Dr. Reist’s team, and he points specifically  to the work of Karen Dunmall , who […]

Registration open for WA-BC Chapter AGM !

The Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society has announced the 2015 Annual General Meeting to be held in Richmond, British Columbia, February 16-19, 2015. This meeting will be a gathering of fisheries professionals, scientists and academics from governmental and non-governmental entities in Washington and British Columbia that work in freshwater, estuarine and marine environments. The Washington-British Columbia Chapter is looking to reach out to all members and fellow fisheries professionals in Washington and British Columbia, particularly Tribes and First Nations, to attend and participate in the conference. Registration is now open, and the chapter has also put out its First Call for Symposia! Get in touch and help to […]

It’s World Fisheries Day!

World Fisheries Day is celebrated around the world on November 21 to highlight the importance of maintaining the world’s fisheries. This is done though rallies, workshops, meetings, cultural programs, arts events and exhibitions. In many nations, fish provide one of the most easily accessible and affordable sources of animal protein. However, a recent study by the United Nations reported that more than two-thirds of the world’s fisheries have been overfished, and many more are in a state of decline because of loss of habitat, pollution and global warming. http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3720e/index.html  Raising awareness of this issue on a global scale can help convince governments and citizens around the world to promote the […]