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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Blackfin Cisco in Canada


The author wishes to thank all the individuals, organizations and government agencies who contributed information and assistance in the preparation of this report. Special thanks to A. Dextrase and R. Salmon of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, T. Todd of the United States Geological Survey, J. Turgeon of Laval University, G. Pope of Hydro One, D, Stanley of Stantec Consulting and E. Holm of the Royal Ontario Museum for their information and insights on this species. This report has been funded by Environment Canada

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Biographical Summary of Report Writers

Rob Mellow, completed his undergraduate degree in Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1989. Mr. Mellow has over ten years experience in areas of environmental science related to aquatic biology, mine reclamation and industrial site assessment and remediation. This experience has been gained through work with the Ontario Ministries of Environment and Northern Development and Mines, and through work in private consulting. His biological skills have focused on performing various biological field studies related to the characterization of water, sediment, fish and aquatic invertebrates at numerous sites throughout Northern Ontario, with a specific focus on the mining and pulp and paper resource industries. Mr. Mellow currently works for Golder Associates Ltd. in Sudbury, Ontario as an Environmental Biologist/Project Manager.

Nicholas E. Mandrak is a Research Scientist with the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Burlington, Ontario. His research interests are the biodiversity, biogeography and conservation of Canadian freshwater fishes. Nick has co-authored 24 COSEWIC reports.

Becky Cudmore is a Research Biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Burlington, Ontario. Her research interests involve the biodiversity of freshwater fishes, including invasive species and the protection and recovery of species at risk. Becky has co-authored five COSEWIC reports.