Nominate a colleague for an SCL Award – Due June 15th

The Society of Canadian Limnologists seeks award nominations each year to recognize excellence in Canadian Limnology.

Links to information on our awards and how to submit nomination packages are provided below:

  • Frank Rigler Award (Highest honour given by the Society of Canadian Limnologists to recognize and honor major achievements in the field of limnology by Canadians or those working in Canada)
  • Robert Peters Award (This award recognizes the best aquatic sciences paper published in the preceding year by a Canadian student or a student working in Canada)

The nomination packages are not too onerous, and we encourage submissions that reflect a diversity of candidates, including those from under-represented groups in our profession.

The Canadian Limnology Community Mourns the Death of David Schindler

We are saddened to learn of the death of Dr. David Schindler who passed away on March 4th, 2021 at the age of 80. For decades David was a trailblazer and leading force behind the protection and conservation of aquatic environments in Canada and around the World. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding science, which often resulted in paradigm shifts and improved legislation and policies. To no surprise in 1984 he was the inaugural winner of the SCL Frank Rigler Award. This award is the highest honour given by the Society of Canadian Limnologists to recognize major achievements in the field of limnology by Canadians or those working in Canada. We would argue that David would have deserved this award several times over for his many major achievements over the following 37 years of his career.

While David will be missed dearly, his positive influence on society and the scientific community will certainly live on in the work of his countless students, colleagues and friends.

SCL Board of Directors

2021 Membership Renewal Now Open, and Back Online!

Thanks to the efforts of our treasurer Josh Thienpont, we have an easy peasy online membership renewal available once again. Current and new members can update their membership status by picking the appropriate membership category here. We continue to acknowledge the negative impacts of the pandemic on early career researchers so have kept membership fees low for students and postdoctoral fellows. Consider signing up for a 2-year membership, which continues to be our most popular option.

Canadian Aquatic Societies’ Joint-Statement in Support of Mi’kmaw Lobster Fishers and Treaty Rights

Go to the French Version

The members of the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR), Canadian Aquatic Resources Section (CARS) of the American Fisheries Society, and the Society of Canadian Limnologists/Société canadienne de Limnologie (SCL) stand in solidarity with the Mi’kmaw Indigenous community in Nova Scotia. As Directors of preeminent fisheries and aquatic science organizations in Canada, we feel compelled to declare our unified support for the Sipekne'katik moderate livelihood fishery and denounce the racist violence that has obstructed their legal fishery activities. 

Our organizations are composed of fishery and aquatic scientists who are responsible for knowledge generation and translation to benefit Canada and First Nations. We are committed to the moral and legal imperative for seeking, valuing, and co-producing knowledge with our Indigenous members for fisheries management and conservation. Therefore, we respect the rule of law that recognizes the rights of the Mi’kmaq to earn a moderate livelihood from fishing. In 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada held a decision in the Marshall case that affirmed the right to hunt, fish, and gather in pursuit of a ‘moderate livelihood’ as promised in the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed in 1760-61. However, we acknowledge that Mi’kmaw fishers do not need our support to conduct their fishery, as they are fully entitled to the right of self-determination and the right to self-regulate.

We join the calls for the federal government and the RCMP to protect Mi’kmaw fishers as they exercise their treaty rights for a legal fishery. Further, we ask the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to engage with the Mi’kmaq and non-indigenous fishers to progress fisheries management policies, and to demonstrate meaningful action in the name of reconciliation. 

To learn more how to support Mi’kmaw treaty rights and livelihood fisheries please consult this living document.

Déclaration conjointe des Sociétés aquatiques canadiennes à l’appui des pêcheurs de homards Mi’kmaw et des droits issus des traités

Les membres des conseils d'administration de la Conférence Canadienne pour la Recherche Halieutique (CCFFR), la Section Des Ressources Aquatiques Canadiennes (CARS) de l'American Fisheries Society, et de la Société Canadienne de Limnologie (SCL) sont solidaires de la communauté Autochtone Mi’kmaw de Nouvelle-Écosse . En tant qu'organisations prééminentes des pêches et des sciences aquatiques au Canada, il est important pour nous de déclarer notre soutien à la pêche Sipekne'katik comme moyen de subsistance convenable et de dénoncer la violence raciste qui a entravé leurs activités de pêche légale.

Nos organisations sont composées de scientifiques des pêches et des sciences aquatiques qui sont responsables de la production et de l'application des connaissances au profit du Canada et des Premières Nations. Nous nous engageons à respecter l'impératif moral et juridique de recherche, de valorisation et de co-production de connaissances avec nos membres Autochtones pour la gestion et la conservation des pêches. Par conséquent, nous respectons l’Etat de droit qui reconnaît les droits des Mi’kmaq de gagner leur vie de manière convenable grâce à la pêche. En 1999, avec l’arrêt Marshall, la Cour suprême a statué le droit aux peuples Mik’maw  de chasser, pêcher et d’amasser dans le but d’assurer un «moyen de subsistance convenable», en vertu des traités de paix et d’amitié signés en 1760-1761. Cependant, nous reconnaissons que les pêcheurs Mi’kmaq n’ont pas besoin de notre soutien pour mener leur pêche, car ils ont pleinement le droit à l’autodétermination et le droit à l’autoréglementation.

Nous nous joignons aux appels lancés au gouvernement fédéral et à la GRC (Gendarmerie royale du Canada) pour qu’ils protègent les pêcheurs Mi’kmaw alors qu’ils exercent leurs droits issus de traités pour une pêche légale. De plus, nous demandons au département des Pêches et des Océans de collaborer avec les pêcheurs Mi’kmaq et pêcheurs non autochtones pour faire progresser les politiques de gestion des pêches et de promouvoir le processus de réconciliation en faisant preuve d’actions significatives.

Pour en savoir plus sur la manière de soutenir les droits issus de traités des Mi’kmaq et les pêches de subsistance, veuillez consulter ce document évolutif (en anglais).

There are Two Recipients of the 2021 Peters Award

This year, the Peters award committee was pleased to offer two awards to students who were first authors on outstanding papers in the field of limnology: Madison Bell (University of Ottawa), and Matthew Duda (Queen’s University). Both studies are pushing the boundaries of limnology and paleolimnology and helping to prove the breadth of applications across diverse disciplines. Please visit our Awards page for further details.

2021 Frank Rigler Award Announcement

The recipient of the Frank Rigler Award (SCL's highest honour recognizing major achievements in the field of Limnology by Canadians or those working in Canada) is Dr. Karen Kidd (McMaster University), in recognition of her outstanding achievements in aquatic science and excellence in highly-qualified personnel training. We look forward to Dr. Kidd's plenary presentation at the next CCFFR-SCL joint conference in January 2021. For link's to Dr. Kidd's research program and further information about the Rigler Award, please visit our Awards page.

LimnoSeminar has been revived!

We are excited to offer our membership and the broader limnological community a free webinar series called LimnoSeminar.

LimnoSeminars will be scheduled on the same day/time each month from October 2020 - May 2021. We have earmarked the second Tuesday of each month at 12:30-13:30 Eastern. All attendees will need to register ahead of time to participate. For further details, including the fall schedule of speakers, please visit our LimnoSeminar webpage.

Call for Sessions – CCFFR-SCL 2021 – Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Aquatic Research

CCFFR-SCL 2021 goes virtual! Join us the week of 4–8 January 2021.

Connecting members is a core mission of CCFFR and SCL. Therefore, we will be holding CCFFR-SCL 2021 on an all-virtual platform and we hope you participate!

At this point, we are seeking proposals for special sessions and workshops for the CCFFR-SCL conference. Please submit your suggestions including a title, ~250 word summary, and a list of five potential speakers/contributors to Eva Enders via email ( by 23 October 2020. Following submission, a joint CCFFR-SCL panel will make the final selection. We especially encourage submissions from Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) colleagues, students and early career researchers in areas that support the conference theme Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Aquatic Research.

What will CCFFR-SCL 2021 be?

Each day, our virtual program will feature plenaries including the J.C. Stevenson Memorial Lecture and the F.H. Rigler Memorial Lecture and other large gatherings (i.e., CCFFR and SCL Business Meetings and Student Socials). A featured panel discussion will critically assess Aquatic Research in Canada in the face of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. CCFFR-SCL 2021 will also offer an online gallery of pre-recorded technical talks and posters as well as topical hangouts hosted online by session chairs and others. Live events will be recorded, and all recordings will be accessible to CCFFR-SCL 2021 registrants through 8 February 2021. Consequently, registrants will have plenty of time to listen to all the great research at their leisure and won’t miss out on any talk.

Present at CCFFR-SCL 2021

Oral and poster presentations are both welcome. We hope you will share your research with the CCFFR-SCL community by prerecording your presentation and/or provide posters to include in the online gallery.


Everyone, including speakers, must register for CCFFR-SCL 2021. We are working to ensure that registration fees, particularly for students and early career researchers, are affordable.

Visit the soon available CCFFR-SCL 2021 website at for updates, session and abstract submission deadlines, and program details. Please email with any questions or feedback about the CCFFR-SCL 2021 program.

We appreciate your support and participation!


The CCFFR-SCL 2021 Organizing Committee
Margaret Docker, Eva Enders & Björn Wissel