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International Fisheries Science Prize – call for nominations

The International Section of AFS is requesting nominations for the International Fisheries Science Prize (IFSP). The prize recognizes an individual for her or his contribution to fisheries science, comes with a medal of recognition, a plaque, and a $5000 USD prize. The award is presented at the World Fisheries Congress, which occurs every four years (next = Adelaide in 2020). Nominations for the prize are due May 31, 2019. For all the details about the prize including selection criteria and how to apply, see pdf the attachment below. 2020 International Fisheries Science Prize announcement

Larkin Award Announcement – 2018 Winners

Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries at a Canadian Institution – 2018 Results This year, a total of 8 MSc students and 14 PhD candidates applied for the Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries. Ten Canadian Institutions were represented by the pool of applicants: University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, Lakehead University, University of Toronto, University of Windsor, University of Waterloo, Carleton University, University of Manitoba, University of Alberta. Our judging panel consisted of Cindy Chu (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) and Karen Murchie (John G. Shedd Aquarium). The following graduate students are your winners and runners-up for 2018: […]

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 You can join at the time of applying to this award. We also encourage you to check the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) research grants

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) research grant application process is underway for 2017.  Students wishing to apply for an OFAH research grant this year will be able to submit electronically.  The OFAH and partners are offering four different grants worth $4,000 each to university students researching fish and wildlife topics that are helping to improve resource management.  The OFAH uses a science-based approach to our advocacy in fish and wildlife management. Who can apply? Any graduate or post-graduate student currently researching a fish and wildlife topic, and whose findings would benefit Ontario’s fish and/or wildlife management. What is being offered? There are four separate research grants of […]

Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries at a Canadian Institution – 2016 Results

This year, a total of 5 MSc. candidates and 5 PhD. candidates applied for the Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries.  Five Canadian Institutions were represented by the pool of applicants:  Lakehead, Carleton University, Queens University, University of British Columbia, and University of Windsor.  Our judging panel consisted of Cindy Chu (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources) and Kenneth Jeffries (University of Manitoba).   The 2016 winner and runner-up at the MSc. level are: Jill Brooks (Carleton University) and Petra Szekeres (Carleton University) – winner (tie) Brittany Sullivan (Carleton University) – runner-up   The 2016 winners at the PhD. level are: Jacqueline M. Chapman (Carleton University), Nathan Furey (University […]