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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS LEGENDS OF CANADIAN FISHERIES SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT Due May 31st, 2016 Canada has a long and illustrious history in fisheries science and management. Indeed, many scientific discoveries, assessment tools, and even contemporary management strategies can be attributed to Canadian fisheries professionals. The Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society has launched a program called “Legends of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management”. The goal of the program is to recognize the accomplishments of fisheries professionals in Canada. Beyond the recognition to the individual, highlighting their accomplishments will ensure that the next generation of fisheries professionals remain connected to the past. “Legends” will typically have completed (i.e., […]

Ken Shortreed

Dear colleagues, It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you that Ken Shortreed, a greatly-respected and long-serving researcher with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Region Science Branch passed away suddenly at his home in Chilliwack on January 25, 2016. Ken was a key part of freshwater (and marine) research with the department from 1973 until his retirement in 2009.  He was based at the West Vancouver Laboratory until 1998 when he relocated to the Cultus Lake Laboratory near Chilliwack.  In the 1970’s, Ken worked on the well-known Carnation Creek Project studying the effects of logging on lower trophic levels in streams.  Concurrently, he participated in several coastal […]

World Fish Migration Day Announcement

  Help Migratory Fish around the World You are invited to join World Fish Migration Day, to be held on the 21st of May 2016.  With WFMD2016 we want to connect fish, rivers and people and to bring migratory fish into the spotlight. Migratory fish are an important part of many riverine ecosystems around the world and are also essential for millions of communities who are dependent on these migratory fish as an important food source. With the help of organizers of local events on one global day we hope to create more global awareness and to achieve a big impact on fish migration policies, measures and management! As such, […]

Graduate Student Opportunity at University of Manitoba

A position is available for a graduate student to examine fisheries issuesrelating to fleet dynamics beginning as early as September 1st 2016 (applications due March 1st). This work will be based in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba, but may involve travel to coastal areas for research collaboration. Funding for this position is available through my NSERC Discovery Grant and the University of Manitoba’s GETS program. Funding for students holding external awards will be supplemented, as allowed by the conditions of their award and available funds. Thesis work will be in support of my research program, focusing on fisheries in Canada (freshwater and marine) and abroad (marine) through ongoing collaborations with provincial, national, and international […]

MSc and PhD positions available

I am looking for driven, enthusiastic graduate students (MSc or PhD) interested in studying the ecological significance of animal personalities using Brook Trout and Sea Lamprey as model systems. One opportunity will involve lab and field studies testing hypotheses about how individual differences in behaviour, and plastic responses to water flow, affect vulnerability to trapping in invasive sea lamprey. Invasive species are a major cause of biodiversity change. Trapping can be a valuable tool for the control and eradication if trapping success is high. Another opportunity will involve lab and field studies testing hypotheses about the role that personality has in the processes promoting resource polymorphisms in Brook Trout. Resource […]

#WhatWeFishFor Announcement

#WhatWeFishFor This newest film from the makers of Fish Meat and Raising Shrimp moves from a towering sport fisherman to fly fishing by paddle board, from spearfishing the reef to a party boat full of enthusiastic first-timers. What We Fish For is a rare chance to go eyeball to eyeball with the fish we love in their own world. The four friends are guided by legends such as Chico Fernandez and Sandy Moret, together with local salts, world-class scientists, and passionate conservationists, including coral restoration pioneer Ken Nedimyer. What We Fish For is like a Florida Keys vacation – full of strange and wonderful creatures above and below the water. […]

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 […]

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 […]