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Ontario Chapter

of the American Fisheries Society

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What’s New

Ontario Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

AFS-OC Membership Update – May

As of May 17, 2016, the Ontario Chapter has 109 paid members! The membership includes 63 regular, 24 student, 13 young professional, 6 retired and 3 life members. Have you renewed your membership for 2016? Are you a member yet? If not, see  the Become a Member page to find out why you should join today. Join or renew at and don’t forget to check […]

AFS 2016

2016 AFS Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Registration for the 146th Annual Meeting in Kansas City is now open! Early registration rates are available until July 8.

Conservation Halton

Employment Opportunity – Aquatic Planning Ecologist

Conservation Halton has an opportunity for an Aquatic Planning Ecologist within Watershed Management Services.  The position is a full-time, 13 month contract. Application deadline is May 22, 2016. View the Job Posting for details.



Draft Fisheries Management Plan for FMZ 12 Ottawa River – Public Consultation Notification

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) with support of the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) du Québec and assistance from a multi-stakeholder Advisory Council have developed a fisheries management plan for FMZ 12 – Ottawa River. A FMZ 12 advisory council has been engaged in the development of […]

Canadian Aquatic Resources Section

CARS announces 2015 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

AFS-OC Members Win DFO’s 2014 Outstanding Scientific Paper of the Year Award

The 2014 DFO Outstanding Scientific Paper of the Year is “Bycatch, bait, anglers, and roads: quantifying vector activity and propagule introduction risk across lake ecosystems,” co-authored by Dr. D. Andrew R. Drake and Dr. Nicholas E. Mandrak and published in Ecological Applications.

Events & Workshops


Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Certification – May 27, 2016

This course is offered as a one day training workshop designed to certify crew leaders in the use of backpack electrofishing equipment. The main emphasis of this course is the safe use of backpack electroshocking units. The topics covered will include protective equipment, safe procedures and backups or failsafes. The course will also include the […]


Fish Identification Workshop – June 4-5, 2016

Location: UOIT campus 2000 Simcoe Street North Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4 Canada Toronto and Region Conservation together with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) are hosting an Ontario Fish Identification Workshop in association with the Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) training course. The 2016 Fish ID workshop will involve a series of […]


Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol Certification Course – June 6-10, 2016

Location: UOIT campus 2000 Simcoe Street North Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4 Canada The OSAP course is designed to train and certify users in a variety of standardized techniques for evaluating habitat, benthic macroinvertebrate and fish communities in wadeable streams. These methods are provincially recognized as standards by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry […]



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 14 Issue 1

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

President's Message Summer 2014

President’s Message – Summer 2014

President’s Message – Ann Rocchi

Annual Meeting

2017 Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting

March 2–4, Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario

 See 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference for highlights from our past meeting.

Registration will be available through the Online Store. AFS-OC Members and students are eligible for discounted rates.



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