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of the American Fisheries Society

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What’s New highlights the newest postings and our News page provides the latest news items relevant to Ontario’s fisheries. Look to News & Events for upcoming community events, workshops, courses, meetings and conferences. Chapter members are encouraged to submit papers, presentations, posters or research for our Member Publications page and to check out the Members Area for newsletters, employment, training and educational opportunities. The Links page offers useful links for fisheries, natural resources, government, on-line journals, organizations/associations, software/apps and social media.

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Employment Opportunities – MNRF & MOECC Postings

Several job openings for Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) have been posted on the Ontario Public Service Careers website. For details, follow the links below. 

Employment Opportunities – Research Biologist

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is currently recruiting for Research Biologist positions within the Fisheries Division. These positions are open to all applicants. 


Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) posts Grass Carp Risk Assessment Reports

The following reports resulting from the June 1-3, 2015, Binational Ecological Risk Assessment for Grass Carp in the Great Lakes Basin were posted on the Canadian Advisory Secretariat’s website today:

CARS announces 2016 inductees to “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 program called “Legends of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management”.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Government of Canada launches public consultation on changes to the Fisheries Act

Online public consultation marks the first step in following through with the commitment to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards Ottawa, Ontario – Thriving fish populations and healthy fish habitat are vital to the well-being of Canadian society. The Government of Canada is inviting Canadians to join in a conversation about the protections needed […]

Events & Workshops

ROM Fish Identification Workshops – April 11–13, 19-21, 25-28, May 1-3, 4-5, 2017

If you are a fisheries biologist or a student registered in a fisheries biology program, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Department of Natural History, is providing an opportunity to improve your fish identification skills. The workshops are designed primarily for professionals, technicians, field biologists, and environmental consultants — but other interested individuals, including university and […]

Working with Indigenous Communities 101 Workshop – March 2, 2017

The AFS-OC is very pleased to present a workshop entitled: Working with Indigenous Communities 101, instructed by Gary Pritchard March 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm (EST) @ Geneva Park, Orillia Come join us at the Geneva Park Conference Centre, on the shores of Lake Couchiching near Orillia, the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. 

Stream Rehabilitation, From Form to Function: A Comprehensive Training Course – January to April, 2017

Trout Unlimited Canada is once more offering its stream rehabilitation training courses this coming year.  The intent of TUC’s Stream Rehabilitation Training Program is to provide up-to-date information on the science and best practices of rehabilitating stream ecosystems and their associated watersheds. The workshops are designed for both conservation volunteers and environmental professionals that wish […]


Volume XV, Issue II – The Lateral Line

HIGHLIGHTS: President’s Message – Lee Gutowsky, AFS-OC ExComm Nominees – Phil Bird, Bill Gardner, AFS-OC Student Subunit – New Executive, 2016 AFS-OC AGM – Award Winners, Nottawasaga River Walleye: A Unique Spawning Population – Brian Morrison and Fred Dobbs, World Fish Migration Day 2016 – Vivian Nguyen

Volume XV, Issue I – The Lateral Line

HIGHLIGHTS: President’s Message – Lee Gutowsky, AFS-OC Social – Women in Biology – Ann Rocchi, AFS-OC Student Subunit – Student Success Workshop – Jake Brownscombe, Lake Trout Diversity in Lake Superior: Dog River Lake Trout – Nick Jones, 2016 AFS-OC AGM Keynote Speaker – Henry Regier

Volume XIV, Issue I – The Lateral Line

HIGHLIGHTS: President’s Message – Sean Stuart, 2015 AFS-OC AGM Summary, AFS-OC Social – Ripley’s Aquarium – Montgomery Fielding, 2015 AFS-OC AGM Award Winners, C.A.R.S. Update – Jack Imhof, Introduction to New Newsletter Editors – Kim LeBrun and Siobhan Ewert, “Tools of the Trade” Exposition – Bill Gardner

Annual Meeting

2017 Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting

Theme: Biodiversity Conservation in the Face of Development

March 2–4, Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario

Keynote Speaker: Legend of Canadian Fisheries Science and Management Dr. John Casselman, adjunct professor with the Queens University Department of Biology, and retired senior scientist with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Dr. Casselman will be speaking about Fisheries Science as a Profession, and providing his Personal Reflections.

Plan to attend the “Working with indigenous Communities 101” workshop and don’t miss the special MNRF-hosted Brook Trout Monitoring and Conservation Symposium.

The 2017 AFS-OC DRAFT Program is now available for viewing. Also see 2nd Notice and Call for Presenters and 2017 Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting for more information.

Registration is open through the Online Store. AFS-OC Members and students are eligible for discounted rates. Special early bird rates in effect until February 10th, 2017.


Ontario Freshwater Fishes Life History Database

Ontario Freshwater Fishes Life History Database

  • a fully searchable database for all Ontario and adjacent Great Lakes freshwater fishes including introduced, extirpated and extinct species
  • contains current information pertaining to life history, habitat, size and age, distribution, conservation status, ecological value, reproduction and nomenclature for 154 species, 3 subspecies and 2 established hybrids
  • includes photographs, range maps, notes, Ontario record lengths and weights, information sources, glossary of terms and related web links