A recent article published by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans highlights the important work of Dr. Jim Reist and his colleagues regarding the effects of climate change on fish species in Canada’s North!

Dr. Reist leads the Climate Change and Arctic Fisheries Research Program at the DFO, and collaborates with First Nations and Inuvialuit fishers to determine Northward shift in fish species’ migration patterns, and to examine how these changes may threaten native Arctic fish populations.

Working with First Nations, Inuvialuit and other local communities is an important aspect  of the research conducted by Dr. Reist’s team, and he points specifically  to the work of Karen Dunmall , who collaborates closely with local fishermen who contribute information from their catches to her research.  Karen is a CARS member, and was the recipient of the John E. Skinner Memorial Travel Award to attend the 2014 AFS conference where she recently presented her work. Learn more about Karen’s research here:

http://thefisheriesblog.com/2014/06/23/salmon-on-the-fringe-not-all-who-wander-are-lost/

As the world continues to change at a rapid rate, particularly in the Arctic, this type of research is more important than ever. Collaboration with groups who have close relationships with the environment and long memories of the landscape is key to developing predictions on how climate change might affect the future of Arctic fisheries.

Read the whole DFO article here:

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/publications/article/2014/10-23-14-eng.html