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Remembering Dr. Kim Hyatt

I am saddened to share the news that Dr. Hyatt passed away peacefully with his family and closest friend by his side following a battle with a very aggressive cancer.  Kim made significant contributions to DFO in significant and lasting ways, including his work on the Wild Salmon Policy, advice relating to salmon restoration and recovery under the Columbia River Treaty and climate change impacts to salmon populations. His passion for discovery and excitement for innovation resulted in a number of long-standing relationships with First Nations and external organizations—relationships that Kim built on trust, commitment, and honest communication.  His scientific prowess, leadership, and good humor will be greatly missed by all who knew […]

Apply for the Larkin Award

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 Masters and PhD level students that are conducting fisheries research at a Canadian institution. The award is not restricted to students with Canadian citizenship.   See attachment for specific details of the application process. More information about the award and past winners can be found at: Completed documents are to be sent to: Dr. Sarah Lehnert at sarah[dot]lehnert[at]dfo-mpo[dot]gc[dot]ca Deadline: June 18, 2021 (4pm EDT)

AFS Freshwater Climate Policy Recommendations

AFS Resource Policy Committee needs your feedback for freshwater policy recommendations to address climate change. Please provide Tim Birdsong with feedback, comments, and suggested edits by email at Timothy[dot]Birdsong [at]tpwd[dot]texas[dot]gov no later than COB Tuesday, February 9th. Following incorporation of input/edits from various AFS units, the attached document will be sent to the AFS Governing Board for review, discussion, and approval at their mid-year meeting scheduled for early March. If approved, these policy recommendations will be added to the AFS website on climate change and fisheries:

Canadian Aquatic Societies’ Joint-Statement in Support of Mi’kmaw Lobster Fishers and Treaty Rights

The members of the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR), Canadian Aquatic Resources Section (CARS) of the American Fisheries Society, and the Society of Canadian Limnologists/Société canadienne de Limnologie (SCL) stand in solidarity with the Mi’kmaw Indigenous community in Nova Scotia. As Directors of preeminent fisheries and aquatic science organizations in Canada, we feel compelled to declare our unified support for the Sipekne’katik moderate livelihood fishery and denounce the racist violence that has obstructed their legal fishery activities. Our organizations are composed of fishery and aquatic scientists who are responsible for knowledge generation and translation to benefit Canada and First Nations. We are committed to […]

2020 AFS Virtual Meeting starts today

The American Fisheries 2020 Annual Meeting is happening virtually over the next two weeks (live content starts around 1 pm EDT on Sept. 14). AFS staff, leadership, and the planning committee have been working non-stop since July to pull this together. There is plenty of great content for everyone. Hundreds of pre-recorded posters and presentations, live plenary and themed sessions (e.g, EDI day, Canada day, etc.) each day, a film festival, and all of the normal section meetings that typically happen at the conference. Below is a link to the conference flyer for more details and links to registering. Please consider registering yourself, your employees, or your students. AFS 2020 […]

5-min online survey on status of fisheries

The UN FAO and University of Florida are looking for input on local and regional threat score calibration for inland fisheries. They would like input in the form of a 5-min online survey that can be found here. The survey will remain open until July 21. More on the survey: Summary: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of Florida have been cooperating for the past two years to develop a global map and framework of threats and drivers influencing the world’s major freshwater basins that are important to inland fisheries. This framework has been developed using a range of global data sets that […]

GEN-FISH Research Network Hiring Grad Students

A new, large, collaborative research project (GEN-FISH) led by the University of Windsor has recently been launched and is seeking graduate students with positions available all across the country and in involved a wide range of field and lab activities. Click here and here for ads the GEN-FISH team would like to be shared widely, including contact info if you’d like to get involved (French version here).

Discussion paper about the future of CCFFR

Former CARS president, Steven Cooke, and several other members of the fisheries and aquatic sciences community in Canada have penned an informal discussion paper to begin a conversation about the future of the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR). You can read it here. The paper focuses around the potential for merging CCFFR with the Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL) to form a new society, one of whose main tasks will be ensuring the long-term management and organization of an annual conference. There may be some role for CARS to play in the future model. A discussion about these ideas will continue at the CCFFR business meeting in Halifax in […]