AFS-OC Membership Update

As of March 5, 2018, the Ontario Chapter has 124 paid members! The membership includes 55 regular, 30 student, 29 young professional, 7 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 members now receive free online access to all five AFS journals. Join or renew at and don’t forget to check the Ontario Chapter box!

NCD-AFS President’s Blog

The January 2018 issue of the North Central Division’s President’s Blog has been posted on the NCD website. The current NCD President is Mark Pyron, Professor at Ball State University in Indiana.  Check out his musings.

Muskellunge Management: Fifty Years of Cooperation Among Anglers, Scientists, and Fisheries Biologists

This book represents the state-of-the-art in our understanding of Muskellunge biology, ecology, and management, and is a must-read for anyone studying or managing this iconic species. Readers will benefit from the latest information on a novel, non-lethal method for sampling contaminants in Muskellunge, how angler-scientist partnerships have enhanced management actions, how genetic tools have improved our understanding of this species, and population-level responses to management actions and outbreak of viral hemorrhagic septicemia.

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Volume XVII, Issue I – The Lateral Line


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


Employment Opportunity – Habitat Technician

Ontario Streams is looking for energetic, enthusiastic, and reliable individuals to implement several wetland and stream rehabilitation projects within the Greater Toronto Area. These are summer employment Habitat Technician positions and are based out of our field office in Aurora, Ontario.

Multiple positions are to be filled. Please see the job posting for details.

2018 ROM Fish Identification Workshops – April 10-12, 18-20, 24-27, April 30-May 2, May 2-3

If you are a fisheries biologist or a student registered in a fisheries biology program, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Department of Natural History, is providing an opportunity to improve your fish identification skills. The workshops are designed primarily for professionals, technicians, field
biologists, and environmental consultants — but other interested individuals, including university and college students, are welcome.

Presentations and hands-on exercises will familiarize you with the characteristics that are used in distinguishing families, genera, and species. Exercises will develop your skills of counting, measuring, and examining the pertinent anatomical structures that are necessary to use identification keys to Ontario’s fishes. Experienced individuals will be on hand to assist you with exercises, provide advice, and access the specimens housed in the reference collection brought from the ROM.

A variety of courses are being offered this year:

  • Three-day introductory workshop that will cover the broad array of Ontario fish families and provide an opportunity to develop specialized knowledge of a group of interest;
  • Four-day introductory workshop that will cover the same information as the three-day introductory workshop but has an additional one day in the field (Marden Lake/Eramosa River) with Jason Barnucz from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Robin Gaspardy, and ROM staff. A presentation on preservation, documentation, photographing and sampling tissues for genetic studies will also be given in the field;
  • Two-day workshop on fish species at risk in Ontario; and
  • Three-day workshop on Ontario’s minnows.

The workshops have been scheduled as follows:

  • April 10–12 (Three-day introductory workshop)
  • April 18–20 (Three-day minnow workshop) Workshop)
  • April 24–27 (Four-day introductory workshop)
  • April 30 – May 2 (Three-day introductory
  • May 3–4 (Two-day Species at Risk Workshop)

Place: University of Guelph, Science Complex, Room 2304   Time: All workshops will begin promptly at 9AM and end at 5PM.

View the information brochure and registration form. If you have any questions regarding course content, please contact

Headwater Drainage Features Course – April 20, 2018

Headwater Drainage Features OSAP Course – Eastern Region (Constrained/Unconstrained) to be held in Ottawa at the RVCA office on April 20th 2018.  The cost of the course is $200.00 (plus applicable taxes).

Registration Form:

Link to the event page:

Spaces are limited so please register early.

Contact Jennifer Lamoureux (613-692-3571 Ext 1108) if you have any questions.

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive Box 599
Manotick, ON  K4M 1A5

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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New Link – Fishes of Canada’s National Capital Region

A link to Fishes of Canada’s National Capital Region has been added to the Links page under the Ontario Fishes Archives category.

Department of the Environment, Fisheries and Marine Service Miscellaneous Special Publication 24, was written by Don E. McAllister and
Brian W. Coad. This book, published in 1974, is provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and is available in PDF format.

American Fisheries Society

Members Receive Free Access to all AFS Journals

The American Fisheries Society is pleased to announce that its suite of five journals and Fisheries magazine will be published by Wiley beginning in January 2018. The new agreement includes free online access to all AFS journals for AFS individual members. Members will continue to receive print copies of Fisheries as part of their membership benefits, and print subscriptions for journals will be available for the same rates as previously. Also, online subscriptions will be more convenient to use, with no annual token redemption required. In addition, AFS members will also receive free online access to the Wiley publication Reviews in Aquaculture.