NCD-AFS President’s Blog

The November 2017 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.

AFS-OC Membership Update

As of November 8 2017, the Ontario Chapter has 168 paid members! The membership includes 72 regular, 49 student, 36 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. Beginning in January 2018, AFS individual members will receive free online access to all five AFS journals. Join or renew at and don’t forget to check the Ontario Chapter box!

AFS-OC Fall Evening Social

American Fisheries Society Ontario Chapter Invites you to a Fall Evening Social

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Nick Mandrak, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

“Reflections on a 30-year Career in the Great Lakes Basin”

Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Auk’s Lodge, FSA Fleming College, 200 Albert Street South, Lindsay

Please join us for an evening of networking, socializing and Draw Prizes!

Limited Seating – please RSVP:

See flyer.

AFS-OC Fall Seminar (via WebEx)

American Fisheries Society Ontario Chapter Fall Seminar

“Ontario Department of Planning and Development Conservation Report Data Inform Fisheries Management 30 and 60 Years Later”

Lecturer: Nicholas E. Mandrak, University of Toronto

Date: Wednesday, December 13th 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: WebEx

Contact: Brian Morrison to register

See flyer.

Employment Opportunities – Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

The OFAH currently has two fisheries-related positions open, with a third position to be posted in December.

First is the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program Coordinator.  This is a full-time permanent position based in Peterborough that offers unique and diverse opportunities leading this program for us.  For those who don’t know me, and for those who do, I’m the current program coordinator but I am moving to a new role with the OFAH in the new year, managing all of the OFAH’s conservation programs.  The Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program Coordinator job posting is available at:

Second, we have a new winter intern position open, the OFAH/Fitzsimons Financial Fish & Wildlife Conservation Internship for recent graduates from biological science and resource management programs.  This 18 week position will be working with our conservation program and policy staff, and includes outreach, field work, and policy review and development duties.  The OFAH/Fitzsimons Financial Fish & Wildlife Conservation Internship job posting is available at:

Shortly we will also be posting our spring/summer intern position, the OFAH/Brokerlink Fish & Wildlife Conservation Internship, the seventh year for this annual position.  This is also an 18 week position, from late April through to August, working primarily with the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration and Invasive Species Awareness Programs, but also with OFAH fish and wildlife policy staff and our other conservation programs.  The 2018 posting is not available at this time, but for reference the 2017 posting is here: and we recommend interested candidates check the OFAH jobs page in a few weeks for updated information (

The OFAH/Fitzsimons Financial Fish & Wildlife Intern posting closes November 13 at 11:59 pm and the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program Coordinator posting closes November 19 at 11:59 pm.

AFS-OC Executive Committee Election

Following a call for nominations for the 2017-18 Ontario Chapter Executive Committee, one candidate came forward for the position of President-Elect and one candidate came forward for the position of Secretary. The term of office for President-Elect is one year, leading to the position of President the following year and Past-President the year after that. The term of office for Secretary is not fixed, but must be at least one year (September to August).

The 2017-18 nominees include Jan Moryk (President-Elect) and Zachery Wells (Secretary).

All Ontario Chapter members are eligible to vote! Each AFS-OC member is permitted to cast one vote per position. As per our bylaws, Officers shall be elected by a majority of ballots cast. The voting period will end November 30, 2017.

Electronic ballots were distributed to via email on October 31st. If you are an AFS-OC member and did not receive an electronic ballot, please contact the Webmaster.

New Student Subunit Executive

Introducing the new AFS-OC Student Subunit Executive.

PRESIDENT – Jacqueline Chapman is a PhD candidate in the Cooke Lab and has been involved with student subunit for over 3 years. She was the VP last year and has lots of experience and ideas for this upcoming year.

VICE PRESIDENT – Michael Lawrence is also a PhD candidate in the Cooke Lab and was the regional rep for Ottawa last year. He has been involved with the AFS parent chapter and brings lots of experience as well.

SECRETARY TREASURER – Alice Abrams is a MSc student in the Cooke Lab and did her undergraduate studies in the lab as well. She has participated in many AFS OC SS events.

REGIONAL REP – Peter Holder is a new PhD student in the Cooke Lab with a biochemistry background.

New Link – Computation and Interpretation of Biological Statistics of Fish Populations

A link to Computation and Interpretation of Biological Statistics of Fish Populations has been added to the Links page under the Ontario Fishes Archives category.

Fisheries Research Board of Canada Bulletin 191, was written by William E. Ricker. Published in 1975, this book is one the most highly cited scientific references in the field of fisheries.  Provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the book is available in PDF format.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Employment Opportunity – Great Lakes Area Summer Science Student Program

Do you want to work outside, on the water or in a lab? Do you want to use your aquatic biology skills to make a difference? Come work for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)! You will gain valuable experience towards your career while providing a much needed service to Canadians.

This experience with DFO will provide you with:

  • exposure to how aquatic biology and science is conducted in the Federal Government
  • diversified on-the-job training including: a myriad of safety training, boating, ATV’ing, trailering, first aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • a network of peers and mentors within the Aquatic Biology community and the public service

For further details or to apply:

New Link – jobGurus Canada

A link to the jobGurus Canada website has been added to the Employment Opportunities page under the Resources category. JobGurus Canada aggregates jobs from over ten thousand employer, recruiter and government sites across Canada and provides jobs in a simple, intuitive way to job seekers. The service is free to job seekers. The site also provides numerous tools such as email alerts, RSS feeds and mobile apps, amongst others.