Dr. Steven Cooke’s team helps to protect and manage fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada and beyond.   His team of over 30 Carleton students and post-doctoral fellows works tirelessly to generate science needed to ensure that fish populations are healthy.  The Cooke Lab has particular expertise in the use of electronic tags to study fish in the wild.  These fish tracking studies allow the team to identify important habitats and to inform fisheries management activities.

The Background

Now, you can be a part of our research by “funding a fish”.

Each electronic tag we use costs approximately $200. 

With your help, we can purchase additional tags for our ongoing research project exploring the movement of fish in the Rideau Canal system.  This work is particularly timely given that round goby were just located near Smiths Falls on the Rideau Canal.

Each tag purchased allows us to further our understanding of essential fish habitat and the seasonal movements of fish.  Where do fish overwinter in the system?  Do they move between locks?  What habitats need to be protected or restored to enhance fish populations?  What is the behaviour of invasive round goby in the wild and what can we do to slow or prevent their spread?  Tracking fish (whether adult bass, juvenile musky or even tiny round goby) with electronic tags allows us to answer those questions and more.

We hope you will join us on this journey!

The Rollout

For every electronic tag purchased, each donor will receive personalized information on the fish you’ve “funded” and allowed us to study – from where it was tagged, to where it swam, and ultimately, how we used this information to improve management.

The Impact

Your donation will benefit a talented team of Carleton students at the undergraduate and graduate level whose real-world experiences in the field are preparing them to become the next generation of environmental professionals.Thank you for your support!

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