Ichthyology is the study of fishes. In Alberta today, there are about 51 native and 8 introduced fish species with known, self-sustaining populations. The status of a few other rarely encountered species is uncertain. Diverse freshwater habitats occur in the Province, including streams and lakes typical of mountain, boreal forest, aspen parkland, and prairie environments. Nine river systems drain the province to the Arctic Ocean, Hudson Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Although several fish range throughout Alberta, many species are restricted to specific habitats or drainages. Much of Alberta, particularly the north, is remote and difficult to access. It is these remote, previously unstudied, areas that have been the focus of much of the collecting and research in the Ichthyology Program.
For further information, select:
- Virtual Exhibit—Alberta's Fish Diversity
- Ichthyology Curator Mark Steinhilber talks about Sturgeon in the North Saskatchewan River system, from "Let's Go Outdoors", a radio program recorded in 2004
Virtual Publication—Northern Alberta Non-game Fish Status Assessment Interim Report of Project Activities, February 2009
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This report summarizes the research activities and preliminary results of an on-going Museum project funded by the Alberta Conservation Association to document and monitor the status of non-game fishes in northern Alberta. Two hundred and eighty eight sites have been surveyed in the first seven years of this study. The 60,000 specimens acquired as a result of the project provide long-term physical documentation of the province's fish diversity.