Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol Manual (Version 10)

The Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) contains a series of standardized methodologies for identifying sites, evaluating benthic macroinvertebrates, fish communities, physical habitat and water temperatures in wadeable streams. The OSAP provides standardized methods that ensure data repeatability.  Use of these standard methodologies allow data to be shared, used for multiple purposes and stored in a common database. Download a PDF copy of the OSAP Manual Version 10, updated April 2017, from Toronto and Region Conservation.

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A Monograph on Ciscoes of the Laurentian Great Lakes and Lake Nipigon

Following a nearly four-year team effort at analysis and writing, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission announces publication of Ciscoes (Coregonus, subgenus Leucichthys) of the Great Lakes and Lake Nipigon. This report, styled as a monograph, is available online now and will soon be printed for field use.  Read more

Atlas of Inland Fishes of New York

The updated Atlas of Inland Fishes of New York is now available.  The Atlas offers current data, distribution, mapping and iIllustrations of all New York’s 181 freshwater fish species.

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Salmonid Field Protocols Handbook

State of the Salmon joined forces with public, tribal and private organizations along with individuals around the North Pacific to identify and articulate the best available salmon monitoring practices. We gathered these principles and tools into the Salmonid Field Protocols Handbook: Techniques for assessing status and trends in salmon and trout populations.

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Lake Superior Aquatic Invasive Species Guide

Lake Superior has extraordinary aquatic life, supported by cool coastlines, pristine islands, diverse coastal wetlands, extensive sandy beaches, and the coldest and deepest waters in the Great Lakes. It is the world’s largest freshwater lake by area.  Lake Superior has a relatively simple food web, which means it is especially vulnerable to damage from invasive species.

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Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research

Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research aids researchers and regulatory authorities regarding responsible, scientifically valid research on fish and aquatic wildlife. The document is intended to provide general recommendations on field and laboratory research, such as sampling, holding, and handling fishes; to offer information on administrative matters, including regulations and permits; and to address typical ethical concerns, such as perceptions of pain or discomfort experienced by experimental subjects.

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Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, 7th edition

This authoritative reference provides an accurate, up-to-date checklist of common and scientific names for all described and taxonomically valid fish species living in fresh and marine waters of North America. This edition reflects numerous taxonomic changes that have occurred since 2004 and includes 3,875 species and 260 families. Provides the rationale and methodology for common name allocation, history of changes from the previous edition, and extensive references. Also includes Spanish and French names. Compiled in cooperation with the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

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The Management of Bait in Ontario

The Management of Bait in Ontario: A Review

This document has been prepared to assemble information on the live bait industry in Ontario prior to a policy review of live bait management in the province. Various types of live bait are described and the feasibility of aquaculture for different bait species is investigated. Licence sales, reported harvests, and economics are provided for the Ontario bait industry. Management of the Ontario bait industry is reviewed. Results of a North American jurisdictional scan on bait policies and management practices are presented. Finally, problems and issues currently facing the bait industry are identified.

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Fish and Fisheries Management in Ontario

Fish and Fisheries Management in Ontario: A Chronology of Events

This report has been prepared in an attempt to identify events of significance to fisheries managers and detail how fisheries management has evolved over the past 200 years. It is a mixture of history, anecdotes, and factual information.

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Lampreys of the World

An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lamprey species known to date – FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes No. 5 by Claude B. Renaud of the Canadian Museum of Nature Ottawa, Canada. This catalogue provides an account for each of the 39 species. Each species account gives information on the taxonomy including synonyms, common names, diagnostic features of ammocoetes and adults (with drawings of the adult body and oral disc), habitat and biology, geographic distribution (with map), interest to fisheries and references. Read more