OFAH and Partners Support Student Research in Conservation of Fish and Wildlife
TORONTO, March 23, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), is providing three postgraduate students with research grants to continue their scientific studies. The province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization awarded the students with grants of $2,000 each. At the same time, the OFAH and BrokerLink partnered to create a fish and wildlife internship position. The presentations were made at the 84th OFAH Annual General Meeting and Fish & Wildlife Conference, which was held March 15-17 in Mississauga.
"Sound scientific evidence is the foundation upon which the best decisions on natural resource management are built," said Dr. Terry Quinney, OFAH Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services. "The OFAH is proud to continue our financial support for these young people."
The 2012 recipient of the OFAH/Toronto Sportsmen's Show Sport Fisheries Research Grant is Stephen Marklevitz, a Ph.D. Candidate from the University of Western Ontario in the Department of Biology. The title of his research is "Niche Overlap between Supplemental Hatchery Reared and Wild Origin Chinook Salmon in Lake Huron."
Philip Wilson, who received the OFAH/OFAH Zone G Wildlife Research Grant is a Master of Science degree candidate at the University of Western Ontario. His research project is entitled "Movement Patterns and Habitat Selection by Long-tailed Ducks Overwintering at Lake Ontario."
The OFAH/Oakville & District Rod & Gun Club Conservation Research Grant was awarded to Jeff Muirhead, a candidate for a Master of Applied Science degree from the University of Waterloo. His project title is "Hydrodynamic Implications of Hydroelectric Dam Discharge Practices on Fisheries in the Rainy River."
Callie Moore was named the OFAH/Brokerlink Fish and Wildlife Conservation Intern, a new opportunity for students in 2012. Callie is currently attending Trent University and Fleming College, simultaneously working on her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Ecological Restoration, and Technician diploma in Ecological Restoration. Callie will work with OFAH fish and wildlife staff at the head office in Peterborough over the summer months.
Over seven hundred outdoor enthusiasts attended the three-day conference. On Friday, speaker sessions were livestreamed via the Internet, and the presentations are available for viewing at www.ofah.org/conference.
With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 675 member clubs, the OFAH is the largest nonprofit, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org or follow the OFAH on Facebook or Twitter.
For further information:
Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services
705-748-6324 ext 242
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
705-748-6324 ext 204