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Introducing the runners-up for the Larkin award 2015

PhD candidate – Jacqueline Chapman, Larkin runner-up 2015 I am currently a PhD student in the Biology Department at Carleton University. My research focuses on understanding the impacts of disease in wild salmonid species across Canada, and how disease can influence the susceptibility of individuals to fisheries interactions. I hope to use cutting edge high-throughput qPCR on RNA expression to identify microbes (bacteria, viruses, and microparasites) that impact the behaviour of migrating fish (e.g. swimming speed, migratory delay), and identify factors associated with fisheries that interact with diseases. To address these questions, I am working with stocks that are targeted by recreational, commercial, and subsistence fisheries: coho salmon in British […]

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Introducing the 2015 MSc level Larkin recipients – Brian Maitland & Taylor Ward (tie)

Brian Maitland My MSc research at the University of Alberta took on a duel perspective: both ecological and managerial. I first focused on gaining a better understanding of the extent to which stream crossing structures, such as culverts and bridges, are influencing stream fishes in the boreal forest, and second on determining methods for prioritizing the restoration of  poorly functioning culverts that are fragmenting fish habitat. Industrial activities in Alberta’s boreal forests have created large networks of roads and in turn the construction of thousands of stream-crossing structures. Due to the highly dynamic and stressful environment in which boreal fishes live, they are extremely sensitive to additional anthropogenic stressors. Watersheds […]

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Introducing Karen Dunmall – PhD level Larkin award winner 2015

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Manitoba and I work in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. My research is on Pacific salmon in the Canadian Arctic. Although there is a long history of chum salmon harvest in subsistence fisheries along the Mackenzie River and its major tributaries, changes are occurring. Salmon are being harvested in a wider distribution in the Canadian Arctic, abundances appear to be increasing and the types of salmon being harvested are also changing. I combine community-based monitoring with innovative laboratory and field-based science to translate these observed anomalies in harvests into research that develops our understanding of how species and ecosystems are […]

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Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries at a Canadian Institution – 2015 Results

This year, a total of 6 MSc. candidates and 8 PhD. candidates applied for the Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries.  Nine Canadian Institutions were represented by the pool of applicants: York University, University of New Brunswick, University of Alberta, Carleton University, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba, University of Regina, University of Western Ontario, and University of Guelph. Our judging panel consisted of Trevor Pitcher (University of Windsor) and Caleb Hasler (University of Illinois/CARS communication officer). The 2015 winner and runner-up at the MSc. level are: Bryan Michael Maitland (UofAlberta) & Taylor Ward (Carleton) – winner (tie) Jacqueline Michelle Lavery (UNB) – runner-up The 2015 winner […]

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new Imperiled Species Section within AFS being considered

Gene Wilde has been planning to start a new Imperiled Species Section within AFS. Getting a section within AFS devoted to rare aquatic species and their management would help bring additional attention to native fishes, mollusks and others, and help build leverage for their conservation within the professional fishery community. Please see the attached draft by-laws if you are interested in the section – Draft Bylaws Imperiled Aquatic Organisms Section

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CARS Policy Committee seeking members

CARS is seeking members that wish to volunteer for our new Policy Committee.   ROLE: The committee will have a central role in helping the ExComm to develop positions and policy related to the application of Fisheries Science in Canada.  The committee will also help to provide input to the overall Societies policy development as it relates to Canadian matters.   INITIAL TASK Once members of the committee are established, a chair will be identified that reports to the ExComm of CARS and its first task will be to work with the ExComm to develop the process to identify key policy and position statements that need development.   LONGER-TERM TASK […]

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Last Call for Abstracts for 3rd International Conference on Fish Telemetry

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Job Opportunities

A few new job posts to pass along: 1) PhD and PDF Positions in Fish Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation Applications are being accepted for Ph.D. students and Post Doctoral Fellows to work with Dr. Michael Power (U Waterloo), Dr. Steven Cooke (Carleton U) and other academic (including hydraulic engineers) and industrial partners (e.g., BC Hydro).  The research would focus on understanding the spatial ecology of wild fish relative to hydropower infrastructure and operations in the Peace River Basin of British Columbia.  There is extensive field work associated with the positions, so willingness to travel to remote areas and a valid driver’s licence are required.  A working knowledge of telemetry and […]

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CARS Past President awarded Steacie

Dr. Steven Cooke has been awarded the NSERC EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship. Congrats Steve! See links for further details: NSERC Profile: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Prizes-Prix/Steacie-Steacie/Profiles-Profils/Cooke-Cooke_eng.asp Cooke Lab Announcement: http://www.fecpl.ca/dr-cooke-awarded-the-nserc-e-w-r-steacie-memorial-fellowship/

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River Restoration; Fluvial-Geomorphic & Ecological Tools

June 15-19, 2015 “River Restoration; Fluvial-Geomorphic & Ecological Tools” Provence, France This five-day workshop emphasizes understanding geomorphic process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration projects and programs. The course is in English, but draws heavily on river restoration and management experiences in France and elsewhere in the EU, complemented by experiences in North America and elsewhere. Instruction includes lectures, field exercises, problem sets and workshops on approaches to planning and implementing process-based restoration. Lead instructors include Drs. Matt Kondolf, Herve Piegay, Pete Downs, and Jeff Haltiner. This course will be a great chance to combine a love for river science with wonderful food, wine, and international […]

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