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of the American Fisheries Society

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What’s New

AFS-OC Membership Update

As of January 20, 2017, the Ontario Chapter has 153 paid members! The membership includes 73 regular, 42 student, 27 young professional, 8 retired and 3 life members. Have you renewed your membership for 2017? Are you a member yet? If not, see  the Become a Member page to find out why you should join today. Join or renew […]

New Link –

A link to the website has been added to the Employment Opportunities page under the Resources category. Create Your Winning Resume. Share it in social networks. Get job notifications. With, writing powerful, attention-getting resumes is easy. Job hunting is a challenge; making a resume doesn’t have to be. We offer free top quality templates that meet specific […]

New Link – Early Stages of Fishes in the Western North Atlantic Ocean

A link to Early Stages of Fishes in the Western North Atlantic Ocean (2007) by Michael. P. Fahay has been added to the Links page under the Online Books / Journals/ Publications category. This comprehensive scientific publication is the only up-to-date textbook providing detailed descriptions and accurate drawings of the early life-history stages of the fishes from the Northwest […]


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 […]

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

DFO’s 2015 Outstanding Scientific Paper of the Year Award

The 2015 Outstanding Science Paper of the Year Award has been awarded to “Assessing Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences of Growth-Accelerated Genetically Engineered Fishes”, authored by Dr. Robert Devlin (Research Scientist, Pacific Region), Dr. L. Fredrik Sundström (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Dr. Rosalind Leggatt (Visiting Scientist, Pacific Region). This paper was published in BioScience in June […]

Events & Workshops

Stream Rehabilitation, From Form to Function: A Comprehensive Training Course – Winter/Spring 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 […]

Identification of Ontario’s Benthic-invertebrate Families – February 7-9, 2017

A course co-hosted by Conservation Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Location: Dorset Environmental Science Centre (1026 Bellwood Acres Road, Dorset, Ontario). Instructors: Chris Jones, Sarah Sinclair Purposes: (1) To fast-track the process of learning family-level benthic-invertebrate identification. (2) To prepare registrants for the family-level certification exam that is administered by the Society for Freshwater Science’s (SFS’s) […]


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.

See 1st Notice and Call for Presenters and 2017 Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting for more information. Also see Annual Meetings for synopses of past meetings.

Registration is available through the Online Store. AFS-OC Members and students are eligible for discounted rates. Special early bird rates in effect until February 5th, 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