Anglers – Did you catch a funky fish?


The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the River Institute are working together to create a ‘Funky Fish Booklet’. The goal is to create a fish health guide for anglers fishing in the Upper St. Lawrence River. This guide will show images of and describe some common abnormalities in the river, it will also help anglers determine whether the fish is safe to eat or not, as well as advise on proper disposal methods. The aim is to have this booklet completed and ready for distribution in 2024.

We need your photos! They will be used in the booklet and sent to an expert to see whether they can identify the abnormality. The abnormalities fall into several different categories:

  • Growths or tumors – virus or cancer
  • Lesions or sores
  • Wounds – tears in the flesh
  • Eye damage – pop-eye or blindness
  • Parasites – lice, worms or leeches
  • Body and other deformities – curved spine, shortened body, missing or additional fins

The booklet will be available printed to fit into your tackle box and online so that anglers can use their phones to ID. We hope to have it ready for circulation by early 2023.

If you find a funky fish, please contact:

Aimee Benedict, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (518) 358-5937 –

Britney Bourdages, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (613) 575-2250 –

Georgia Bock, St. Lawrence River Institute –