A recent article in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science has a few sophisticated suggestions. In this study, Cynthia Chu and colleagues integrate indices of anthropogenic stress, environmental condition, and freshwater fish biodiversity to identify Canadian watersheds that are especially important targets for conservation and management. The authors compare 2003 findings to recent data and find that, in general, stress indices have crept northward due to increasing temperatures and expansion of anthropogenic activities. So where is the greatest need for conservation in 2015 (and in the future)? Northern BC, Alberta and Ontario! Heads up, everybody!

Read Chu et al. for more information (DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0609)

To be effective, conservation and management of aquatic habitats and resources should aim to keep pace with changes in the types and concentration of human activities and environmental change across the landscape”.   – Chu et al., 2015