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Ontario Chapter

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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What’s New

The Baitfish Primer: A Guide to Identifying and Protecting Ontario’s Baitfishes (2018 Version)

The Baitfish Primer (2018 revision) was authored by by Becky Cudmore and Nicholas E. Mandrak and jointly produced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Bait Association of Ontario and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

AFS-OC Membership Update

As of September 4, 2018, the Ontario Chapter has 143 paid members! The membership includes 63 regular, 38 student, 31 young professional, 8 retired and 3 life members. Have you renewed your membership for 2018? Are you a member yet? If not, see the Become a Member page to find out why you should join today. AFS individual […]

New Link – Ontario’s Lake Trout

A link to Ontario’s Lake Trout has been added to the Links page under the Ontario Fishes Archives category. Published in 1981, by the Ministry of Natural Resources Fisheries Branch, the booklet is available in PDF format. It includes description, distribution, habitat, age & growth, reproduction, movements, food and status.


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 […]


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Volume XVII, Issue I – The Lateral Line

HIGHLIGHTS: President’s Message – William Glass, 2018 AFS-OC AGM – February 22-24, Geneva Park, Orillia, Fish Focus – Sand Shiner, Student Subunit Update, Ontario’s Adfluvial Smallmouth Bass – Nick Jones and Brian Morrison, 2017 AFS-OC AGM Sponsors. NWO-AFS Chapter Flashback

Volume XVI, Issue I – The Lateral Line

HIGHLIGHTS: President’s Message – Jessica Wright, 2017 AFS-OC AGM – March 2-4, Geneva Pak, Orillia, Working With Indigenous Peoples Workshop – Gary Pritchard, Student Subunit Update – Vivian Nguyen, 2017 AGM Keynote Speaker – Dr. John Casselman, Ontario’s Lost Kokanee Salmon – Brian Morrison, Why Should I Attend This Year’s AGM? – Jessica Wright

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


149th American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting – September 29-October 3, 2019

The Wildlife Society & American Fisheries Society Joint Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada

Annual Meeting

2018 Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting

February 22–24, Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario

“Renaturalization, Restoration, and Sustainability of Ontario Fisheries”

Keynote Speaker Dr. Trevor Pitcher, Executive Director (Acting) & Associate Professor, GLIER

Get certified, take the OSAP Fish Identification Test.

See 2018 AFS-OC Annual Meeting for more details.

The DRAFT 2018 AFS-OC AGM Program is now available for viewing.

AFS-OC Members and students are eligible for discounted rates.

Don’t forget your ice-fishing gear!


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