Anglers – Did you catch a funky fish?


The River Institute, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe are currently in the process of creating a booklet showing abnormalities found in and on fish in the St. Lawrence River and tributaries. A funky fish guide will be published to help anglers identify some of the common abnormalities in our local fish.

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 –