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Ontario Chapter

of the American Fisheries Society

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What’s New

NCD-AFS Award Nominations

The  North Central Division is seeking nominations for several awards that will be presented during the 2019 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Cleveland, OH. Nominations are being accepted for the following awards: Most Active Chapter – Large and Small Chapters, Most Active Student Subunit, Best Communications, Meritorious Service: and Excellence in Fisheries Science.  See 2019 NCD Awards Nominations for details. Please email nominations […]

AFS-OC Social – November 21, 2018

American Fisheries Society – Ontario Chapter Social Event Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub – 170 University Ave W, Waterloo

AFS-OC Membership Update

As of November 4, 2018, the Ontario Chapter has 153 paid members! The membership includes 66 regular, 46 student, 30 young professional, 8 retired and 3 life members. Have you renewed your membership for 2019? Are you a member yet? If not, see the Become a Member page to find out why you should join. AFS individual members […]


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 […]


AFS-OC Social – November 21, 2018

American Fisheries Society – Ontario Chapter Social Event Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub – 170 University Ave W, Waterloo

AFS-OC Fall Seminar (via WebEx) – November 22nd, 2018

American Fisheries Society Ontario Chapter Fall Seminar “Healing sick trout streams: Ecological restoration, not artificial restructuring of channels” Lecturer: Dr. Ray J. White Date: Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm Location: WebEx Contact: Brian Morrison ( to register See flyer for details.


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

2019 Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting

February 28–March 2, Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario

See First Notice and Call for Papers


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