Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society

PhD and MSc positions to study Atlantic Salmon biology

Applications are being accepted for Ph.D. students to work on a large, NSERC Funded project examining the migration biology of Atlantic salmon smolts relative to aquaculture sites in eastern Canada, and the role of pathogen expression on salmon behaviour, physiology, and survival. The positions are based at Dalhousie University and the Ocean Tracking Network, in the lab of Dr Glenn Crossin. Students will also work closely with partners at DFO and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Candidates should have knowledge of acoustic telemetry and fish ecology, and quantitative modelling skills and experience with molecular techniques are desired. Successful candidates will be able to work effectively independently, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Candidates should also be dependable and motivated to see projects through to completion, and […]

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Important CARS update

Below are the results of our 2018 elections and our current Executive Committee membership. Congratulations Caleb, Erin, Graham and Mike – thank you for agreeing to serve on the CARS ExComm. A huge thank you to Margot Stockwell, our outgoing Secretary-Treasurer, who, in addition to her core responsibilities, coordinated the logistics for the CCFFR Clemens-Rigler Travel Fund on behalf of CARS. As CCFFR is now incorporated, CARS is no longer responsible for coordinating this fund and is looking for a new role with CCFFR – for example, coordinating early-career professional workshops. Please send along any ideas that you may have. Many thanks also to our long-time Communications Officer, Caleb, who […]

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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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4 PhD Positions at U of T with Don Jackson, OMNR, and DFO

4 PHD POSITIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – FISH AND AQUATIC ECOLOGY We seek highly capable and motivated individuals for 4 PhD positions as part of a collaborative research project involving the University of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.   Successful applicants will start in May or September 2017 in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program at the University of Toronto (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/).  Research projects relate to questions regarding how human activities, climate change, habitat quality, and fish community composition influence body size, population growth rates, and overall fish productivity in lakes and rivers.  Projects vary from studies involving considerable […]

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AFS-OC Networking Event

The AFS-Ontario Chapter would like to invite Chapter Members and Friends to a training opportunity and networking event. Bring your waders, dress warm and come learn about salmonid spawning surveys with Chapter Members. There will be a river walk and talk about assessing and documenting spawning habitat. Following the spawning surveys we will meet up to continue discussions and networking. Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (Rain or Shine) Time: 3:00 pm Location: Credit River @ Charleston Sideroad near Caledon Village. Indoor networking event to follow. Location TBD. Register: Contact Phil Bird ([email protected])

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