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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Banded Killifish, Newfoundland population in Canada


The potential for a research project on the Newfoundland Banded Killifish was suggested by Mr. Michael van zyll deJong of the science division of the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government, who also provided excellent study design suggestions and editorial input throughout the project. Dr. Richard Haedrich of Memorial University of Newfoundland agreed to supervise and provide the majority of funding for the associated M.Sc. project and provided excellent guidance and encouragement along the way.

Much of the fieldwork contributing to this status report was performed in the Indian Bay watershed on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. The Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation (IBEC) provided in kind support throughout this research and in particular IBEC field manager, Mr. Winston Norris, provided expert traditional knowledge about this area and ideas for field activities and study design.

The author also wishes to thank the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada (R. Campbell) and the Inland Fish and Wildlife Division, Government of Newfoundland-Labrador (Mr. Joe Brazil) for the funding in support of this particular report.

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The Author

Jamie Chippett B.Sc.(hons.) is a M.Sc. student working under the supervision of Dr. Richard Haedrich at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) where Jamie also is affiliated with the Coasts Under Stress research program. His research, that contributed to this update on the status of Banded Killifish in Newfoundland, will also form the basis for his Masters’ thesis on the distribution, life history and evolutionary relationships of Fundulus diaphanus in Newfoundland. His undergraduate biology degree, also completed at MUN, included a specialization in entomology and parasitology. In the last 2 years, Jamie has completed a youth internship program with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation involving the classification of invertebrate fauna in a headwater stream of that ecosystem and was also employed as the Staff Biologist at the Quidi Vidi Rennies River Development Foundation (The Fluvarium), where he was responsible for a modular incubation unit for Atlantic salmon and coordinated the City Rivers Salmon Enhancement Program designed to reintroduce Atlantic salmon fry into St. John’s city river systems.