Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society

World Fish Migration Day 2016 – Ottawa

On Tuesday May 17th, approximately 35 local students and professionals migrated their way to the Lieutenant’s Pump to celebrate the second biennial World Fish Migration Day with a pub talk and trivia night. Guests were entertained by a captivating presentation on the cultural significance of the American Eel in the Ottawa area given by Ethan Huner of the Algonquins of Ontario.

Ethan Huner from Algonquins of Ontario speaking about the cultural importance of  American eel in the Ottawa River

Ethan Huner from Algonquins of Ontario speaking about the cultural importance of
American eel in the Ottawa River

Following Ethan’s talk, everyone enjoyed some healthy competition as teams tackled fish trivia questions before spending the night mingling over food and drinks. We would like to thank our sponsors for donated prizes and the Lieutenant’s Pump for hosting another successful evening!

On Saturday May 21st, the second biennial World Fish Migration Day outreach event was hosted at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, ON. Volunteers from Carleton University, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and Kilgor and Associates were decked out and ready to talk fish with the museum’s over 1000 patrons!

For the little ones, fishy themed face painting, post cards, and colouring sheets helped foster an interest in fish, while ‘spawning migration Plinko’ demonstrated how predators, fisheries, and barriers can prevent fish from reaching their spawning habitat.

Children get their face painted as fish and colour postcards to migrate to a friend or family!

Children get their face painted as fish and colour postcards to migrate to a friend or family!

Fisheries biologists from the Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Research Laboratory and Kilgor and Associates were present to demonstrate fish tagging and research technologies and answer questions about local and global research projects. As a city located at the confluence of two large rivers, WFMD volunteers highlighted local waterways and migratory species that are impacted by barriers such as dams, and species at risk like the American eel.

Finally, the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s green screen transported patrons under water and face to face with a living fossil, the lake sturgeon!

Our dedicated volunteers taken into the underwater word with the green screen technology. Thank you to our sponsors.

Our dedicated volunteers taken into the underwater word with the green screen technology. Thank you to our sponsors.

We would like to thank the Museum of Nature for making this event possible!

Reach – estimates over 500 direct contact, museum patronage for the day over 1000

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