Park Talk: There’s something fishy going on!

Come out and listen to the challenge whirling disease presents to our fisheries and rivers. Whirling disease was first found in America in the 1950s. Since then, it has been spreading its way into freshwater systems and to the detriment of local fish populations. Whirling disease (Myxobolus cerebralis) is a microscopic parasite that affects salmonid fish such as trout, salmon, and whitefish. The severity of this disease depends on the age and size of the fish host, but has mortality rates as high as 90%. Recently, this disease found its way into four major watersheds of central and southern Alberta: Bow River, Oldman River, Red Deer River, and the North Saskatchewan River.

Join us as we discover why this disease is so damaging and what we can do to manage its spread and preserve our fresh water species!


Lisa Schaubel 

Lisa is the Decontamination Specialist with the provincial Whirling Disease Program in Alberta Environment and Parks. Lisa came to Edmonton last year from Grande Prairie, were she was a Regional Fisheries Biologist and prior to that from Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she was an Aquatic Research Analyst with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Lisa has a M.Sc. in Aquatic Ecology from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay and Biological Science Undergraduate degree from Carleton University, Ottawa.

Nikolina Kovacevic

Nikolina is the Fish Disease Technician working in the Fish Disease Laboratory under the Provincial Fish Disease Specialist for Alberta Environment and Parks. Shortly after the first detection of Whirling Disease in Canada, Nikolina was brought on to set-up the Whirling Disease Laboratory, which is responsible for processing fish samples for testing. Nikolina has recently shifted focus to other fish pathogens in Alberta, but continues to be involved in the Whirling Disease Program.

Nikolina obtained her M.Sc. from the University of Alberta, with a focus on comparative immunology and parasitology of fish.

August 28, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Nan Boothby Library
405 Railway St W

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