February 2023 | Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System (CAHSS) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency | by Dr. Judy Hodge, CAHSS
Welcome to a special guest blog post highlighting a new citizen and community science initiative to protect fish species in Canada. This blog post was originally published in Healthy Wildlife, the blog of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative.
The Fish Health Tracker Tool
Do you spend time on Canada’s rivers, lakes, and coasts? Do you care about the health of fish in Canada? Use our Fish Health Tracker Tool today!
The Fish Health Tracker Tool is a new tool that allows you to record observations on fish health quickly and easily, either in real-time using an app on your mobile phone or online using the desktop app when you get back to shore. Any observations can be reported, including healthy fish, fish that look abnormal or that are acting unusual, the presence of invasive aquatic species, or fish affected by environmental issues such as contamination with chemicals.
The Fish Health Tracker Tool is a collaborative project between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System (CAHSS) and the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC).
Anyone who is interested in protecting wild fish can be a citizen or community scientist by reporting sightings of fish through the desktop app or by downloading a mobile app onto their phone:
- Web-based version (also available in French)
- Google Play mobile app download, “Wildlife Health Tracker” (Android) (under repair)
- App Store mobile app download, “Wildlife Health Tracker” (iPhone)
Use the Fish Health Tracker Tool to start reporting now!
Read more on Healthy Wildlife
- Citizen science portal (science.gc.ca)
- Susceptible species of aquatic animals (inspection.canada.ca)
- Reportable diseases: Aquatic animals (inspection.canada.ca)
- Inspect and Protect: Animal Health (inspection.canada.ca)