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: Read more

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”. Read more

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 to ensure our fish have a healthy environment to live, feed and reproduce, and healthy corridors to migrate between these places. Read more

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 2015. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biv068 Read more

Ontario

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 the plan since 2010; the council members represent a wide range of interest groups and stakeholders from along the Ottawa River. Read more

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”. Read more

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. http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/13-0541.1.

Invasive Grass Carp Found on Toronto’s Waterfront

Two Asian Grass Carp have been found within a contained pond in Tommy Thompson Park along Toronto’s Waterfront. Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) staff discovered the first live Grass Carp Monday, July 27 while relocating fish from the pond as part of the construction of a nine hectare wetland.
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MNRF Releases Provincial Fish Strategy

In April 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry launched the Provincial Fish Strategy, Fish for the Future, to provide up-to-date direction for the management of Ontario’s fish, fisheries and supporting ecosystems. The Strategy was developed through extensive input and the engagement of Aboriginal communities, agency partners and key stakeholders. Read more

William Beverley “Bev” Scott (1917-2014)

The Ontario Chapter was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. William Beverley (Bev) Scott on Monday, August 18, 2014. Bev was a strong supporter of the American Fisheries Society and the Ontario Chapter and had just turned 97 in July.  Dr. Scott was curator of ichthyology at the Royal Ontario Museum from 1950 to about 1974 and coauthored Freshwater Fishes of Canada with Dr. E.J. Crossman. A video entitled Scott and Crossman: The Freshwater Fishes of Canada is available for viewing on the science.gc.ca website. Bev was also recently featured in a video prepared by an EVC student, Vanessa Minke-Martin (see History within History). Dr. Scott’s work was also featured in a DFO Science and Research article: Not the Retiring Kind: Scientist emeritus Bev Scott.  His obituary and service details are posted at the Stoddart Funeral Home Book of Memories.