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 (Speed/Eramosa rivers) 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;
- Three-day workshop on Ontario’s minnows.
The workshops have been scheduled as follows:
April 11–13 (Three-day introductory workshop)
April 19–21 (Three-day minnow workshop)
April 25–28 (Four-day introductory workshop)
May 1–3 (Three-day introductory workshop)
May 4–5 (Two-day fish species-at- risk workshop)
Place: University of Guelph, Science Complex, Room 2304
Time: All workshops will begin promptly at 9AM and end at 5PM.