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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 […]

CARS member a co-author on New Research from ELA

Researchers (including CARS member Dr. Michael Rennie) at the ELA recently published a study that assessed the affect of birth control pills on an aquatic food web. The main finding was that the population of Fathead Minnows crashed causing indirect changes in White Sucker and Lake Trout condition and zooplankton and insect abundance. The study highlights the need for better waste water treatment. For abstract see: http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/369/1656/20130578.abstract?sid=a21849d6-7dc1-4959-956b-8a48a966a285 For media coverage see: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/birth-control-pill-threatens-fish-populations-1.2796897

Global warming to drive fish toward poles, according to a UBC study

A study from University of British Columbia published in ICES Journal of Marine Science concludes that global warming will drive fish toward poles, leading to potential disappearance of large number of fish from the tropics by 2050. While food security issues may arise in tropical countries, many of which rely heavily on fish as main source of protein, fish movement to the poles may generate opportunities for fisheries in the Arctic. This study follows on a previous research from UBC published in Nature in May 2013. More details on CBC website.