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January Meeting – Professor Steven Cooke – Fish in the 613

January 20 @ 7:30 PM 8:30 PM EST

Meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Meeting starts at 7:30; Pre-meeting (socializing, breakout rooms) opens at 7:00.

Fish in the 613   Eastern Ontario has plenty of surface waters that are home to diverse fish communities.  Yet, unless harvested, these animals often go unnoticed.  In this presentation Dr. Cooke will introduce you to what swims beneath.  His presentation will provide an overview of fish ecology and the ways in which humans impact fish populations and fish habitat.  He will also summarize the many ways in which fish benefit humans.  Examples will be drawn from research projects in the Rideau Waterway, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River covering species such as muskellunge, American eel, round goby, and smallmouth bass.

Dr Cooke is Professor in the Biology Department at Carleton University. His work spans the natural and social sciences with a particular focus on developing solutions to problems facing fish and other aquatic organisms. Specific projects have focused on issues and topics such as fish migration, fish-hydropower interactions, the sustainability of recreational fisheries, aquatic habitat restoration and the movement ecology of fish. He has much experience working with practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders to co-create usable knowledge. Cooke founded the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation and is working with diverse partners to build capacity for evidence synthesis in his various roles in the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence.

This talk will be highly relevant to KFN’s interest in the Kingston Inner Harbour remediation plan.

The breakout room will feature Anne Robertson talking about and showing the KFN bird collection. Please log on at 7 pm if you want to join.