At the 144th Annual General Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Quebec City, Canada, CARS announced the inaugural legends of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management.

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 new recognition 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.  The foundational work, much of it conducted decades ago, still underpins our thinking of ecological processes and is the basis for today’s conservation and management.  “Legends” will typically have completed (i.e., be retired) or be near the end of their professional career.  “Legends” can also be recognized posthumously.  Our purpose is not to recognize achievements of early career scientists or singular accomplishments – it is truly to recognize legendary figures in Canadian fisheries science and management.  There is no financial compensation associated with the recognition, however, those recognized will have their profiles added to a website maintained by CARS.  In addition, the CARS communication team will share profiles via social media, AFS newsletters, and Fisheries magazine where appropriate.  “Legends” will be formally announced at the CARS annual meeting.  For 2014 we received ~30 nominations for the inaugural competition and are pleased to recognize 15 remarkable “legends”.  The nominations that were not successful will be carried forward for consideration in future years along with new nominations received.  After the inaugural competition we will induct up to 5 legends on an annual basis.  Please direct any queries regarding the Legends to Steven Cooke at Carleton University (steven_cooke AT carleton.ca).

The following fisheries scientists and managers were recognized:

Carl Walters (Retired – UBC)

Henry Regier (Retired – U Toronto)

Casimir Lindsey (Retired  – UBC)

Bev Scott (Deceased 2014 – U Toronto/ROM/Huntsman Lab)

Zbigniew (Bob) Kabata (Deceased 2014 – DFO)

Fred (FEJ) Fry (Deceased 1989 – U Toronto)

Ed (EJ) Crossman (Deceased 2003 – U Toronto/ROM)

William Edwin (Bill) Ricker (Deceased 2001- DFO)

Joe Nelson (Deceased 2011 – U Alberta)

Ram Myers (Deceased 2007 – Dalhousie U)

Wilfred Templeman (Deceased 1990 – DFO)

Donald McAllister (Deceased 2001– Canadian Museum of Nature)

Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman (Deceased 1973 – U Toronto/DFO)

Peter Larkin (Deceased 1996 – UBC)

Bill Hoar (Deceased 2006 – UBC)

 

Please raise a glass to these fine individuals!