Interested in goings-on at ACCESS? Please feel free to browse our past contributions to the CERF newsletter:

If you would like to contribute to the tri-annual submission from ACCESS, please contact Gail Chmura ( We like to feature a diverse array of stories from our ACCESS members; we are especially interested in hearing about students and their research projects like the two students pictured below.  (Sorry Cheryl and Dollie!)

On a related note, be sure to keep your CERF and ACCESS memberships up-to-date!  We are trying to gradually grow our society to the point where we can sustainably provide a number of student travel grants to our annual conferences, and carry out more public outreach activities for estuarine and coastal issues.

Cheryl Wall (above) releases a fin-clipped brook trout back into a lake in the Cape Breton Highlands. Cheryl worked with Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture on their trout management projects while collecting eels for her Masters of Applied Science research at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (under the supervision of David Cone (SMU) and Katherine Jones (Cape Breton University)). It must have been really tough to go out fishing everyday in such a beautiful place! (©K. Jones)

Dollie Campbell (above) wrestles with an American eel (Anguilla rostrata) to collect ecological information for her Masters of Applied Science project at Saint Mary’s University(she is co-supervised by David Cone (SMU), Katherine Jones (CBU), and Rod Bradford (DFO)). Students are an integral part of many research projects currently underway in the ACCESS community.

Looks like Dollie (below) is having way too much fun with her research…gotta love working with slimy creatures!

Please send us your stories and photos — we would love to feature them here and in the CERF newsletter.