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World Fish Migration Day 2016 – Ottawa

On Tuesday May 17th, approximately 35 local students and professionals migrated their way to the Lieutenant’s Pump to celebrate the second biennial World Fish Migration Day with a pub talk and trivia night. Guests were entertained by a captivating presentation on the cultural significance of the American Eel in the Ottawa area given by Ethan Huner of the Algonquins of Ontario. Following Ethan’s talk, everyone enjoyed some healthy competition as teams tackled fish trivia questions before spending the night mingling over food and drinks. We would like to thank our sponsors for donated prizes and the Lieutenant’s Pump for hosting another successful evening! On Saturday May 21st, the second biennial […]

Summary of CCFFR-SCL

By Michelle Lavery (MSc Candidate, UNB), Follow Michelle on Twitter @JMichelleLavery This year, CCFFR-SCL was held in St. John’s, NL. With Craig Purchase (MUN) at the helm, about 240 researchers participated in the two-day conference. We were treated to three great plenary talks; Julia Baum (UVic) gave the Stevenson lecture on marine conservation in Canada, Bill Taylor (U Waterloo) received the Rigler award from the SCL and spoke about phosphorus lake dynamics, and Matt Bogard (UQAM) received the Peters award for student achievement from the SCL for his work on methane production in lakes. Oh, and we were only allowed one muffin each at break times, as per Craig’s opening […]

CO2 Fish Barriers Re-blogged from the Fisheries Blog

This week the Fisheries Blog describes how carbon dioxide can be used as a barrier for fish movement. This work should be of particular interest to CARS members, as there is hope that this technology could be used to prevent Asian carp, like Silver and Bighead Carp from entering the Great Lakes via the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal. Also, much of the ‘proof of concept’ work and followup studies are being completed by CARS members led by Cory Suski at the University of Illinois.

Research News

By Bryan Maitland, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wyoming   In the boreal forest – Canada’s largest biome that in conjunction with its circumpolar counterparts in Russia and Alaska contain the largest collection of lakes, rivers, and wetlands in the world – industrial activities related to the exploration and development of natural resources have created large networks of roads and in turn the construction of hundreds-of-thousands of stream-crossing structures. Due to the highly dynamic and stressful environment in which boreal fishes live (e.g. long cold winter and short growing seasons), they are extremely sensitive to additional anthropogenic stressors. Watersheds in west-central Alberta are an ideal example of this, particularly as they […]

AFS 2015 – Portland, OR

The 145th Annual General Meeting of the AFS ran between August 16–20 in Portland, Oregon. There were  over 3,200 fisheries professionals present and countless (well not technically countless) oral and poster presentations.  The trade show was the biggest ever and even included the infamous salmon cannon ( As is typical of AFS meetings, the beer, food, and conversation were pleasing. Canadians and CARS had plenty of things to celebrate. To start, there was a large western contingent of CARS members and plenty of talks on Pacific salmon! CARS members also cleaned-up on awards. Dr. Bruce Barton (retired, University of South Dakota) was awarded the Meritorious Service Award, Jake Brownscombe (PhD candidate, Carleton University) […]

Notice of Meeting – Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans Canada

For those interested, the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be discussing the recent concerns with the Aquaculture Activities Regulation. CARS was among a group of parties that expressed concerns with the new regulations. The meeting can be watched live tomorrow (March 10 @ 5 pm) here: Further details: Study on the regulation of aquaculture, current challenges and future prospects for the industry in Canada Witnesses Fisheries and Oceans Canada –Michael Alexander, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ecosystems and Fisheries Management –Trevor Swerdfager, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ecosystems and Oceans Science –Eric Gilbert, Director General, Aquaculture Management, Ecosystems and Fisheries Management Ecology Action Centre –Robert Johnson, Sustainable Seafood Program […]

Last January, all rivers led to Rome

“This week, all rivers lead to Rome,” said Mr. Arni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, in his opening remarks of the Global conference on Inland Fisheries. Last month in Rome the first global conference on inland fisheries was held . The role of inland fisheries is significant, yet underestimated on a global scale. For the first time scientists, policy makers and international development community gathered together to discuss and address the economic and ecological challenges related to freshwater fisheries around the globe, with a common goal to raise the profile of inland fisheries. The conference was organized into four themes (each with its own panel): Biological Assessment, Economic […]


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!!!