The Baitfish Primer: A Guide to Identifying and Protecting Ontario’s Baitfishes (2018 Version)

The Baitfish Primer (2018 revision) was authored by by Becky Cudmore and Nicholas E. Mandrak and jointly produced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Bait Association of Ontario and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

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AFS-OC Membership Update

As of September 4, 2018, the Ontario Chapter has 143 paid members! The membership includes 63 regular, 38 student, 31 young professional, 8 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!

New Link – Ontario’s Lake Trout

A link to Ontario’s Lake Trout has been added to the Links page under the Ontario Fishes Archives category.

Published in 1981, by the Ministry of Natural Resources Fisheries Branch, the booklet is available in PDF format. It includes description, distribution, habitat, age & growth, reproduction, movements, food and status.

NCD Walleye Technical Committee Student Travel Award – Apply Now!

The NCD Walleye Technical Committee is now seeking applications for the annual student travel grant: the Sander Award. The deadline for receipt of completed applications by the Chair of the WTC is October 1st, 2018. See the Announcement for details.

Employment Opportunity – Senior Aquatic Biologist

Cole Engineering (COLE) is seeking a Senior Aquatic Biologist to contribute to the growth and development of its Biological Services Group. See the job posting for details.

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


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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