Summer 2016


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CanNor to fund Arctic fisheries development 

On July 5, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) announced funding of $1.2 M to study fisheries data gathered from the Eastern and High Arctic. Studies will assess the potential of establishing commercial fisheries in three northern communities. This project is a collaboration between several partners including the Ocean Tracking Network.
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OTN researchers examine the spatial and temporal distribution of Atlantic sturgeon in Minas Passage, N.S.

During the summers of 2010-2014, OTN researchers tagged 132 Atlantic sturgeon in Minas Passage to examine spatial and seasonal distribution of animals in the area. Tracking data showed that sturgeon were using the southern portion of the basin much more than the northern portion. These findings are crucial in understanding sturgeon migration patterns and spatial overlap with tidal turbines, which are being planned for the northern section of the passage. Read the paper here

Ocean Tracking Network on CBC Radio’s Mainstreet OTN Executive Director, Dr. Fred Whoriskey and Program Manager of Energy and Environmental Affairs (Massachusetts), Dr. Greg Skomal chat with CBC’s Bob Murphy on shark behaviour, migration, tagging and data collaboration.
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SHAD Dalhousie

During the month of July, OTN collaborated withSHAD Dalhousie to bring hands-on oceans learning to SHAD participants. SHAD is a registered Canadian charity, which works with host universities to provide month-long learning opportunities to bright high school students across the country. OTN hosted two events for SHAD students: a presentation given by sturgeon researcher Montana McLean and a three hour workshop featuring a seal presentation with Damian Lidgard, glider talk and tour with Richard Davis, labs and tour with Dal Aquatron Manager John Batt and a closing reflection session with Dr. Fred Whoriskey on the global implications of understanding ocean sciences. OTN looks forward to seeing the students again next year! See more on SHAD

Researchers discover Bras d’Or Lake as location of choice for salmon smoltificationOTN researcher and director of the Bras d’Or Institute at Cape Breton University, Bruce Hatcher and his team have conducted an eight-year study on the smoltification process of salmon in the Bras d’Or Lake area. The study follows salmon from Middle river to Bras d’Or Lake. Research shows that healthy salmon smolts stay in the Bras d’Or Lake rather than migrating directly to the ocean. Read more
CBC: OTN shares five little-known facts on great white sharks

Summer shark sightings on the east coast of Canada and the United States have sparked public conversations around shark behaviour and migration. Weighing in on the sharky spotlight, OTN’s Joe Pratt shared five great white facts with the CBC. Read them here

Photo: Scarface, a white shark tagged by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Credit: (John Chisholm/Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries)

Monitoring invasive sea lamprey in the Great Lakes

Recent tracking of sea lamprey in the channels between Lake Huron and Lake Eerie support a hypothesis that most spawning happens in one particular region of the waterway – the St. Clair River. Research results will direct future studies to identify lamprey spawning habitats and estimate population size in the region.
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OTN receives 2016 Conservation Achievement Award from American Fisheries Society

OTN has been awarded the 2016 Conservation Achievement Award from the Fisheries Management Section of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) Dr. Fred Whoriskey accepted the award on behalf of OTN during the AFS Annual Meeting, which took place between Aug. 21-15, 2016 in Kansas City, USA. OTN would like to extend its sincere appreciation for the award as it continues global research in fishery conservation and science.
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4th ICFT: 
19-23 June 2017 
Far North Queensland has been chosen as the site for the 4th International Conference on Fish Telemetry to allow national and international participants the opportunity to experience all the natural wonders this region has to offer. With easy access to rainforest, bush and tableland regions in addition to the Great Barrier Reef, the Cairns area showcases all Queensland has to offer.

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship 2016 (Closing date: Sept. 20, 2016)

Positioning System Data Analyst: VEMCO (Closing date: undetermined)


Two sharks in two hours The Telegram

Updates from the field: Dr. Brent Else at sea in the Canadian High Arctic MEOPAR

Bras d’Or Lake location of choice for smolting salmon, study finds CBC

Quantifying ontogenetic stable isotope variation between dermis and muscle tissue of two pelagic sharks  Aquatic Biology

Physiological stress response, reflex impairment and delayed mortality of white sturgeon Acipenser transmontanus exposed to simulated fisheries stressors  Conservation Physiology

Developments in Tagging Technology and Their Contributions to the Protection of Marine Species at Risk  Ocean Development and International Law

Marine Species at Risk Protection in Australia and Canada: Paper Promises, Paltry Progressions Ocean Development and International Law

Hydrography and Coastal Circulation along the Halifax Line and the Connections with the Gulf of St. Lawrence Atmosphere-Ocean

A perspective on physiological studies supporting the provision of scientific advice for the management of Fraser River sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)Conservation Physiology

Ten practical realities for institutional animal care and use committees when evaluating protocols dealing with fish in the field Reviews in Fish and Fisheries

Ocean biogeochemical models as management tools: a case study for Atlantic wolffish and declining oxygen ICES Journal of Marine Science

Inorganic carbon in a high latitude estuary-fjord system in Canada’s eastern Arctic 
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

Oxygen uptake in Pacific salmon Oncorhynchus spp.: when ecology and physiology meet 
Journal of Fish Biology

ArcticNet ASM
5-6 December  |  Winnipeg, ManitobaFish Larvae Workshop
2-4 November | Plymouth, United KingdomInternational Conferences on Research Infrastructures (ICRI)
3-5 October | Capetown, South Africa

AFS Annual Meeting
21-25 August | Kansas City, USA

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