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The Author of this Web site, The Baby Fishes of Canada, is: Dr. Daniel J. Faber (right). Numerous people must be thanked for contributing toward this project. Without the artistic ability, creativity and immense patience of Sally Gadd (below, left) in the 1980s (Ref. 22), this project would not exist. So, I'd like to give her a big personal, Thank You, Sally! My son, Darin Jay Faber (below, right), instructed me in several computer programs, digitized most of the illustrations and taught me how to create and update this Web site. He also assisted in various field trips in the Great Lakes area, in the Canadian Maritimes, and with developing my light trap to capture live baby fish (Ref. 13). Several other people helped me with collections in the field too. Jim Amundrud, an M.Sc. student at Queen's University, studied the ecological interrelationships of the Perciform larval fish in Lake Opinicon, Ontario (Ref. 02) and allowed us to illustrate several specimens from his field collection. Later, Jim went to stay at Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia in 1971, under contract with the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa and sampled the population of larval fish in the Boat Harbour of Ucluelet Inlet, British Columbia. Those collections were also made available for illustrating. John Dobrocky, Dobrocky Seatech, Ltd., Victoria, British Columbia under contract with the National Museum of Natural Sciences, made several collections in the Deer Island Group and in the Broken Island Group, Barkley Sound, (especially around Faber Islets!) British Columbia; he made those field collections available for illustrating purposes. Afterwards, Sally Richardson kindly helped me with problem identifications. Nuzrat Y. Khan, a Ph.D. student at the University of Ottawa, partially funded by the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa undertook to unscramble the identifications of the diverse and numerous cottid larvae of the northwest Atlantic and St. Lawrence drainage. He obtained cooperation from a number of persons and organizations to obtain live and preserved specimens for his study (Ref. 27, 28). Those collections were also made available for illustrating. Dr. A. C. Kohler, of the St. Andrew's Biological Station, Department of Fisheries & Oceans, asked me to come to St. Andrew's, New Brunswick to help with the decade-long plankton collections of the Groundfish Division of the St. Andrew's Biological Station collected in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. I spent 6 months at the St. Andrew's Biological Station (in 1972) where I learned to identify the difficult larval specimens, brought the published literature up-to-date, and developed the print-out formats to allow the data to be published (Refs. 29 - 33). Norm McFarlane worked hard to ensure the project moved along smoothly. Staff members of the Department of Fisheries & Oceans, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, asked the Canadian Aquatic Identification Centre to identify their field collection of larval fish from northern Québec; they kindly made the collection available for illustrating. Dan Cucin, Director of the Harkness Fishery Laboratory, Ontario Department of Natural Resources, in Algonquin Park, Ontario asked us for help with collecting and identifying the larval fish during the spawning season of the lake whitefish in Lake Opeongo, Ontario (Ref. 05). He allowed the use of certain specimens for illustrating purposes. Staff members of the Fisheries Station of the Ontario Dept. of Natural Resources, Port Dover, Ontario asked us to help collect and identify larval fish in several sites in Lake Ontario. They kindly made certain specimens available for illustrating. Len Marhue, a staff member of the Canadian Aquatic Identification Centre, National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa helped me in innumerable ways both in the field and with necessary paper work. I thank Dr. Bev Scott and Dr. Ed Crossman for their work in compiling their publication of the Freshwater Fishes of Canada (Ref. 39); I thank Dr. John Hart for his work in compiling the publication of the Pacific Fishes of Canada (Ref. 26); I thank Dr. A. H. Leim, Dr. Bev Scott, again, and Millie Scott for compiling the two publications: the Fishes of the Atlantic Coast (Ref. 34) and Atlantic Fishes of Canada (Ref. 39); and finally I thank Ann Matarese and her other contributors for compiling Laboratory guide to early life history stages of Northeast Pacific Fishes (Ref. 36). A big thanks to my good friend and colleague, Darryl Snyder, for his help in providing a glossary and several other aspects of larval fish study which make this web site a valuable tool. I'd like to thank the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa, through Dr. Louis Lemieux, Director, for providing funds to illustrate the specimens from Canadian fresh waters and from Barkley Sound, British Columbia and the Department of Fisheries & Oceans, St. Andrew's Biological Station, through Dr. A.C. Kohler, for providing funds to illustrate the larval fish collected in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. Finally, I must thank my wife, Joanne Stenson Faber, now deceased, for putting up with my obsession with baby fish for over 40 years. And thanks Jisok for this nice image! Thanks Dan

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