Richard Beamish

Head, Salmon Interactions
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

His research interests have included the discovery of acid rain, age determination and the discovery of the longevity of some of our Pacific fish species, the identification of new lamprey species and the evolutionary relationship between these species, and the effects of climate on fish populations. He was one of the first scientists to write about climate regimes and regime shifts.

Education and awards

Ph.D. (1970) University of Toronto

Key publications

  1. Cudney-Burch, J.L., R.A. Rulifson, S.E. Campana, R.J. Beamish, K.A. Sosebee, and T. Moore. [2008] Coastal movements of spiny dogfish: Current knowledge and future direction for research.
  2. Beamish, R., W. Pennell, J. Wade, C. Neville and R. Sweeting. [2008] things to consider before deciding how sea lice impact pink salmon populations. Opinion paper. Trends in Parasitology
  3. Beamish, R.J. and R.M. Sweeting. 2008.The history of surprises associated with Pacific salmon returns signals that critical information is missing from our understanding of their population dynamics. Proceedings of the AYK SSI Symposium on the Sustainability of the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Salmon Fisheries held Feb 6-9, 2007, Anchorage AK.
  4. Rothschild, B.J.and R.J. Beamish. [2008] On the future of fisheries science. Proceedings of the AIFRB Symposium entitled the Future of Fisheries Science in North America held June 2007, Halifax NS.
  5. Beamish, R.J. and B.E. Riddell. [2008]. The future of fisheries science on Canada’s Pacific coast is keeping up with the changes. Proceedings of the AIFRB Symposium entitled the Future of Fisheries Science in North America held June 2007, Halifax NS. Springer publication.
  6. Beamish, R.J., McFarlane, G.A., Sweeting, R.M. and Neville, C. 2008. The Sad History of Dogfish Management. Pp. XX-XX In V. Galucci, G. McFarlane, G. Bargman (editors) Biology and Management of Spiny Dogfish. American Fisheries Society Publication.
  7. Beamish, R.J., Sweeting, R.M., Lange, K.L. and Neville, C.M. 2008. Changing trends in the population ecology of hatchery and wild coho salmon in the Strait of Georgia. Transactions of American Fisheries Society 137:503-520.
  8. Beamish, R.J. and Sweeting, R.M. 2007. The history of surprises associated with Pacific salmon returns signals that critical information is missing from our understanding of their population dynamics. (submitted to AYK SSI Symposium)
  9. Beamish, R.J., Neville, C.M, Sweeting, R.M., Jones, S.R.M., Ambers, N., Gordon, E.K., Hunter, K.L., McDonald, T.E., and Johnson, S.C. 2007. A proposed life history strategy for the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis, in the subarctic Pacific. Aquaculture 264: 428-440.
  10. Beamish, R.J., Neville, C.M., and Sweeting, R.M. 2007. Response to Dr. Neil Frazer’s comment on “Sea lice on adult Pacific salmon in the coastal waters of British Columbia, Canada” R.J. Beamish et al. 2005. Letter to the Editor, Fisheries Research 85: 346-347.
  11. Sakisda, S., Constantine, J., Karreman, G.A., Neville, C. Sweeting, R. and Beamish, R. 2006. Evaluation of sea lice, Lepeophtheirus salmonis, abundance levels on farmed salmon in British Columbia, Canada. In. The Proceedings from the International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics XI, Cairns, Australia.
  12. Orsi, J. A., Harding, J. A., Pool, S. S., Brodeur, R. D., Haldorson, L. J., Murphy, J. M., Moss, J. H., Farley Jr., E. V., Sweeting, R. M., Morris, J. F. T., Trudel, M., Beamish, R. J., and Emmett,. R. L. 2006. Epipelagic Fish Assemblages Associated with Juvenile Pacific Salmon in Neritic Waters of the California Current and the Alaska Current. AFS Symposium 57:105-155.
  13. Reist, J.D., Wrona, F.J. Prowse, T.D., Power, M., Dempson, J.B., King, J.R. and Beamish, R.J. 2006. An overview of effects of climate change on selected Arctic freshwater and anadromous fishes. Ambio #8. ACIA Special Issue.
  14. Reist, J.D., Wrona, F.J., Prowse, T.D., Power, M., Dempson, J.B., Beamish, R.J., King, J.R., Carmichael, T.J., Sawatsky, C.D. 2006. General effects of climate change on Arctic fishes and fish populations. Ambio #8. ACIA Special Issue.
  15. McFarlane, G.A., Zhang, C., King, J.R., Kim, S., Beamish, R.J. and Oh, J.H. 2006. Contrast in life histories of commercially exploited marine fishes off the coasts of Canada and Korea and changes in ecosystem structure.
  16. Beamish, R.J. and D.J. Noakes. 2006. Bill Ricker: a man of gifted intellect, insatiable curiosity and generous spirit. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 75: 119-129.
  17. Beamish, R.J., R. Sweeting, and C. Neville. 2006. We are on the right path but it is uphill both ways. Proceedings of the AFS 2005 symposium in Anchorage, AK, Pacific Salmon Life History Models: Advancing Science for Sustainable Salmon in the Future.
  18. Beamish, R.J. and R.M. Sweeting. 2006. Spiny dogfish in the pelagic waters of the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound.
  19. Beamish, R.J. G.A. McFarlane, and A. Benson. 2006. Longevity overfishing. Progress in Oceanography. Progress in Oceanography, 68:289-302.
  20. Beamish, R.J., S. Jones, C. Neville, R. Sweeting, G. Karreman, S. Saksida, E. Gordon. 2006. Exceptional marine survival of pink salmon that entered the marine environment in 2003 suggests that farmed Atlantic salmon and Pacific salmon can coexist successfully in a marine ecosystem on the Pacific coast of Canada. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 63:1326-1337.
  21. Ricker,W.E., E.G. Pogedaev, R.J. Beamish , and V. Karpenko. 2005. Causes of rapid changes in rate of freshwater growth and in ages of smolting and maturation among sockeye salmon of a small Kamchatka lake. Izvestiya TINRO, 140:3-17. (In Russian)
  22. Beamish, R.J., C.M. Neville, R.M. Sweeting, and N.J. Ambers. 2005. Sea lice on adult Pacific salmon in the coastal waters of Central British Columbia, Canada. Fisheries Research 76: 198-208.
  23. Beamish, R.J., G.A. McFarlane, and J.R. King. 2005. Migratory patterns of pelagic fishes and possible linkages between open ocean and coastal ecosystems off the Pacific coast of North America. Deep-Sea Research II 52: 739-755.
  24. Harrison, P.J., F. Whitney, D. Mackas, R. Beamish, M. Trudel, and I. Perry. 2005. Changes in coastal ecosystems in the NE Pacific Ocean. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on the long-term variations in the coastal environments and ecosystems, Sep 27-28, Matsuyama, Japan, pp. 17-35.
  25. Sweeting, R.M., R.J.Beamish, and C.M. Neville. 2005. Crystalline otoliths in teleosts: Comparisons between hatchery and wild coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in the Strait of Georgia. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. (2004), 14: 361-369.
  26. Mathisen, O.A., L. Fair, R. Beamish, and V. Bugaev. 2005. Density Dependent Growth of Sockeye Salmon in the North Pacific Ocean. (in review).
  27. Beamish, R.J., C. Mahnken, and C.M. Neville. 2004. Evidence that reduced early marine growth is associated with lower marine survival of coho salmon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133: 26-33.
  28. Beamish, R.J., A.J. Benson, R.M. Sweeting, and C.M. Neville. 2004 Regimes and the history of the major fisheries off Canada's west coast. Progress in Oceanography 60: 355-385.
  29. Beamish, R.J., J.T. Schnute, A.J. Cass, C.M. Neville, and R.M. Sweeting. 2004. The influence of climate on the stock and recruitment of pink and sockeye salmon from the Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133: 1396-1412.
  30. Beamish, R.J., R.M. Sweeting, and C.M. Neville. 2004. Improvement of juvenile Pacific salmon production in a regional ecosystem after the 1998 regime shift. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133: 1152-1164.
  31. Beckman, B.R., W. Fairgrieve, K.A. Cooper, C.V.W. Mahnken, and R.J. Beamish. 2004. Evaluation of Endocrine Indices of Growth in Individual Postsmolt Coho Salmon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133: 1057-1067.
  32. Gao, Y., and R.J. Beamish. 2003. Stable isotope variations in otoliths of Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) and indications of the possible 1990 regime shift. Fisheries Research 60: 393-404.
  33. Gao, Y., and R.J. Beamish. 2003. Stable isotopic composition of otoliths from tagged halibut, Hippoglossus stenolepis. Environmental Biology of Fishes 67: 253-261.
  34. Sweeting, R.M., R.J. Beamish, D.J. Noakes, and C.M. Neville. 2003. Replacement of wild coho salmon by hatchery-reared coho salmon in the Strait of Georgia over the past three decades. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23: 492-502.
  35. Beamish, R.J. 2001. Updated status of the Vancouver Island Lake Lamprey, Lampetra macrostoma, in Canada. Canadian Field-Naturalist 115(1): 127-130.
  36. Beamish, R.J., and C. Mahnken. 2001. A critical size and period hypothesis to explain natural regulation of salmon abundance and the linkage to climate and climate change. Progress in Oceanography 49: 423-437
  37. Beamish, R.J., J.H. Youson, and L.A. Chapman. 2001. Status of the Morrison Creek western brook lamprey, Lampetra richardsoni, in Canada. Canadian Field-Naturalist 115(4): 573-578.
  38. King, J.R., and R.J. Beamish. 2001. Diet comparisons indicate a competitive interaction between ocean age-0 chum and coho salmon. North Pacific Anadromous Fish Committee Bulletin. No. 2:65-74.
  39. King, J.R., G.A. McFarlane, and R.J. Beamish. 2001. Incorporating the dynamics of marine systems into the stock assessment and management of sablefish. Progress in Oceanography 49: 619-639.
  40. McFarlane, G.A., and R.J. Beamish. 2001. The re-occurrence of sardines off British Columbia characterises the dynamic nature of regimes. Progress in Oceanography 49: 151-165.
  41. Beamish, R.J., D. McCaughran, J.R. King, R.M. Sweeting, and G.A. McFarlane. 2000. Estimating the abundance of juvenile coho salmon in the Strait of Georgia by means of surface trawls. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 20: 369-375.
  42. Beamish, R.J., and G.A. McFarlane. 2000. Reevaluation of the interpretation of annuli from otoliths of a long-lived fish, Anoplopoma fimbria. Fisheries Research 46: 105-111.
  43. Beamish, R.J., D.J. Noakes, G.A. McFarlane, W. Pinnix, R. Sweeting, and J. King. 2000. Trends in coho marine survival in relation to the regime concept. Fisheries Oceanography 9: 114-119.
  44. Hollowed, A.B., N. Bax, R. Beamish, J. Collie, M. Fogarty, P. Livingston, J. Pope, and J.C. Rice. 2000. Are multispecies models an improvement on single-species models for measuring fishing impacts on marine ecosystems? ICES Journal of Marine Science 57: 707-719.
  45. King, J.R., G.A. McFarlane, and R.J. Beamish. 2000. Decadal-scale patterns in the relative year class success of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria). Fisheries Oceangraphy 9: 62-70.
  46. McFarlane, G.A., J.R. King, and R.J. Beamish. 2000. Have there been recent changes in climate? Ask the fish. Progress in Oceanography 47: 147-169.
  47. Noakes, D.J., R.J. Beamish, and M.L. Kent. 2000. On the decline of Pacific salmon and speculative links to salmon farming in British Columbia. Aquaculture 183: 363-386.
  48. Zhang, Z., and R.J. Beamish. 2000. Use of otolith microstructure to study life history of juvenile chinook salmon in the Strait of Georgia in 1995 and 1996. Fisheries Research 46: 239-250.
  49. Beamish, R.J. 1999. Shifting regimes in fisheries science and salmon management. The International Journal of Salmon Conservation 1(3): 12-16.
  50. Beamish, R.J., K.D. Leask, O.A. Ivanov, A.A. Balanov, A.M. Orlov, and B. Sinclair. 1999. The ecology, distribution, and abundance of midwater fishes of the Subarctic Pacific gyres. Progress in Oceanography 43: 399-442.
  51. Beamish, R.J., G.A. McFarlane, and R.E. Thomson. 1999. Recent declines in the recreational catch of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in the Strait of Georgia are related to climate. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56: 506-515.
  52. Beamish, R.J., D.J. Noakes, G.A. McFarlane, L. Klyashtorin, V.V. Ivanov, and V. Kurashov. 1999. The regime concept and natural trends in the production of Pacific salmon. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56: 516-526.
  53. Docker, M.F., J.H. Youson, R.J. Beamish, and R.H. Devlin. 1999. Phylogeny of the lamprey genus Lampetra inferred from mitochondrial cytochrome b and ND3 gene sequences. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56: 2340-2349.
  54. Ferreira, L.C.G., R.J. Beamish, and J.H. Youson. 1999. Macroscopic structure of the fin-rays and their annuli in pectoral and pelvic fins of chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha. Journal of Morphology 239: 297-320.
  55. Gao, Y.W., and R.J. Beamish. 1999. Isotopic composition of otoliths as a chemical tracer in population identification of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56: 2062-2068.
  56. Beamish, R.J., C. Mahnken, and C.M. Neville. 1997. Hatchery and wild production of Pacific salmon in relation to large-scale, natural shifts in the productivity of the marine environment. ICES Journal of Marine Science 54: 1200 - 1215.
  57. Beamish, R.J., C.-E.M. Neville, and A.J. Cass. 1997. Production of Fraser River sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in relation to decadal-scale changes in the climate and the ocean. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 54: 543-554.
  58. Yin, K., R.H. Goldblatt, P.J. Harrison, M.A. St. John, P.J. Clifford, and R.J. Beamish. 1997. Importance of wind and river discharge in influencing nutrient dynamics and phytoplankton production in summer in the central Strait of Georgia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 161: 173-183.
  59. Yin, K., P.J. Harrison, and R.J. Beamish. 1997. Effects of a fluctuation in Fraser River discharge on primary production in the central Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 54: 1015-1024.
  60. Yin, K., P.J. Harrison, R.H. Goldblatt, M.A. St. John, and R.J. Beamish. 1997. Factors controlling the timing of the spring bloom in the Strait of Georgia estuary, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 54: 1985-1995.
  61. Beamish, R.J., and Z. Zhang. 1996. The relationship between time of ocean entry and residence in the Strait of Georgia for three chinook salmon rearing types (NPAFC Doc. No. 200). 18p. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Science Branch, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada. V9R 5K6.
  62. Yin, K., P.J. Harrison, R.H. Goldblatt, and R.J. Beamish. 1996. Spring bloom in the central Strait of Georgia: interactions of river discharge, winds and grazing. Marine Ecology Progress Series 138: 255-263.
  63. Beamish, R.J. 1995. Introduction. The need to understand the relationship between climate and the dynamics of fish populations. Pages 1-2 in R. J. Beamish (ed.) Climate change and northern fish populations. Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 121.
  64. Beamish, R.J., and D.R. Bouillon. 1995. Marine fish production trends off the Pacific coast of Canada and the United States. Pages 585-591 in R.J. Beamish (ed.) Climate change and northern fish populations. Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 121.
  65. Beamish, R.J., and C.-E.M. Neville. 1995. Pacific salmon and Pacific herring mortalities in the Fraser River plume caused by river lamprey (Lampetra ayresi). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 52: 644-650.
  66. Beamish, R.J., B.E. Riddell, C.-E.M. Neville, B.L. Thomson, and Z. Zhang. 1995. Declines in chinook salmon catches in the Strait of Georgia in relation to shifts in the marine environment. Fisheries Oceanography 4: 243-256.
  67. Yin, K., P.J. Harrison, S. Pond, and R.J. Beamish. 1995. Entrainment of nitrate in the Fraser River estuary and its biological implications. I. Effects of the salt wedge. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 40: 505-528.
  68. Yin, K., P.J. Harrison, S. Pond, and R.J. Beamish. 1995. Entrainment of nitrate in the Fraser River estuary and its biological implications. II. Effects of spring vs. neap tides and river discharge. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 40: 529-544
  69. Yin, K., P.J. Harrison, S. Pond, and R.J. Beamish. 1995. Entrainment of nitrate in the Fraser River estuary and its biological implications. III. Effects of winds. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 40: 545-558.
  70. Zhang, Z., R.J. Beamish, and B.E. Riddell. 1995. Differences in otolith microstructure between hatchery-reared and wild chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 52: 344-352.
  71. Beamish, R.J., C.-E.M. Neville, B.L Thomson, P.J. Harrison, and M. St. John. 1994. A relationship between Fraser River discharge and interannual production of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) and Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi) in the Strait of Georgia. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 51: 2843-2855.
  72. Beamish, R.J. 1993. Climate and exceptional fish production off the west coast of North America. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 50: 2270-2291.
  73. Beamish, R.J., and D.R. Bouillon. 1993. Pacific salmon production trends in relation to climate. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 50: 1002-1016.
  74. St. John, M.A., S.G. Marinone, J. Stronach, P.J. Harrison, J. Fyfe, and R. J. Beamish. 1993. A horizontally resolving physical-biological model of nitrate concentration and primary productivity in the Strait of Georgia. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 50: 1456-1466.
  75. Whyte, J.N.C., R.J. Beamish, N.G. Ginther, and C.-E. Neville. 1993. Nutritional condition of the Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata) deprived of food for periods of up to two years. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 50: 591-599.
  76. Beamish, R.J., and C.-E. M. Neville. 1992. The importance of size as an isolating mechanism in lampreys. Copeia 1992(1): 191-196.
  77. Beamish, R.J., B.L. Thomson, and G.A. McFarlane. 1992. Spiny dogfish predation on chinook and coho salmon and the potential effects on hatchery-produced salmon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 121: 444-455.
  78. McFarlane, G.A., and R.J. Beamish. 1992. Climatic influence linking copepod production with strong year-classes in sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 49: 743-753.
  79. Polat, N., and R.J. Beamish. 1992. Annulus formation on anatomical structures of Siraz (Capoeta capoeta) in Altinkaya Dam Lake. Ondokuz Mayis Universitesi, Fen Dergisi 4(1): 70-88.
  80. Richards, L.J., J.T. Schnute, A.R. Kronlund, and R. J. Beamish. 1992. Statistical models for the analysis of ageing error. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 49: 1801-1815.
  81. St. John, M.A., J.S. Macdonald, P.J. Harrison, R.J. Beamish, and E. Choromanski. 1992. The Fraser River plume: some preliminary observations on the distribution of juvenile salmon, herring, and their prey. Fisheries Oceanography 1: 153-162.
  82. Beamish, R.J., and C.D. Levings. 1991. Abundance and freshwater migrations of the anadromous parasitic lamprey, Lampetra tridentata, in a tributary of the Fraser River, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 48: 1250-1263.
  83. Youson, J.H., and R.J. Beamish. 1991. Comparison of the internal morphology of adults of a population of lampreys that contains a nonparasitic life-history type, Lampetra richardsoni, and a potentially parasitic form, L. richardsoni var. marifuga. Canadian Journal of Zoology 69: 628-637.
  84. Cass, A.J., R.J. Beamish, and G.A. McFarlane. 1990. Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus). Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 109. 40p.
  85. McFarlane, G.A., and R.J. Beamish. 1990. Effect of an external tag on growth of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria), and consequences to mortality and age at maturity. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 47: 1551-1557.
  86. Saunders, M.W., G.A. McFarlane, and R.J. Beamish. 1990. Factors that affect the recapture of tagged sablefish off the west coast of Canada. American Fisheries Society Symposium 7: 708-713.
  87. Beamish, R.J., and T.G. Northcote. 1989. Extinction of a population of anadromous parasitic lamprey, Lampetra tridentata, upstream of an impassable dam. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 46: 420‑425.
  88. Tyler, A.V., R.J. Beamish, and G.A. McFarlane. 1989. Implications of age determination errors to yield estimates. Pages 27‑35 in R. J. Beamish and G. A. McFarlane (eds.) Effects of ocean variability on recruitment and an evaluation of parameters used in stock assessment models. Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 108.
  89. Beamish, R.J., and G.A. McFarlane. 1988. Resident and dispersal behavior of adult sablefish (Anaplopoma fimbria) in the slope waters off Canada's west coast. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 45: 152‑164.
  90. Clarke, W.C., and R.J. Beamish. 1988. Response of recently metamorphosed anadromous parasitic lamprey (Lampetra tridentata) to confinement in fresh water. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 45: 42‑47.
  91. Youson, J.H., W.M. Elliott, R.J. Beamish, and D.W. Wang. 1988. A comparison of endocrine pancreatic tissue in adults of four species of lampreys in British Columbia: a morphological and immunohistochemical study. General and Comparative Endocrinology 70: 247‑261.
  92. Beamish, R.J. 1987. Evidence that parasitic and nonparasitic life history types are produced by one population of lamprey. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 44: 1779‑1782.
  93. Beamish, R.J. 1987. Status of the Lake Lamprey, Lampetra macrostoma, in Canada. Canadian Field‑Naturalist 101(2): 186.‑189.
  94. Beamish, R.J., and J.H. Youson. 1987. Life history and abundance of young adult Lampetra ayresi in the Fraser River and their possible impact on salmon and herring stocks in the Strait of Georgia. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 44:525-537.
  95. McFarlane, G.A., and R.J. Beamish. 1987. Selection of dosages of oxytetracycline for age validation studies. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 44: 905‑909.
  96. Russell, J.E., F.W.H. Beamish, and R.J. Beamish. 1987. Lentic spawning by the Pacific lamprey, Lampetra tridentata. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 44: 476‑478.
  97. Beamish, R.J. 1986. COSEWIC status report in the lake lamprey, Lampetra macrostoma, in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. 14p.
  98. Beamish, R.J., and G.A. McFarlane. 1986. Pacific hake stocks off the west coast of Vancouver Island. International North Pacific Fisheries Commission Bulletin Number 45: 393-412.
  99. McFarlane, G.A., and R.J. Beamish. 1986. A tag suitable for assessing long‑term movements of spiny dogfish and preliminary results from use of this tag. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 6: 69‑76.
  100. McFarlane, G.A., and R.J. Beamish. 1986. Biology and fishery of Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) in the Strait of Georgia. International North Pacific Fisheries Commission Bulletin Number 45: 365-392.
  101. McFarlane, G.A., and R.J. Beamish. 1986. Production of strong year‑classes of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) off the west coast of Canada. International North Pacific Fisheries Commission Bulletin Number 47: 191‑202.
  102. Youson, J.H., and R.J. Beamish. 1986. Morphological comparison of organs in several species of lampreys on the west coast of Canada. Page 926 in T. Uyeno, R. Arai, T. Taniuchi, and K. Matsuura (eds.) Indo‑Pacific fish biology: proceedings of the second International Conference on Indo‑Pacific Fishes. The Ichthyological Society of Japan, Tokyo.
  103. Beamish, R.J. 1985. Freshwater parasitic lamprey on Vancouver Island and a theory of the evolution of the freshwater parasitic and nonparasitic life history types. Pages 123‑140 in R. E. Foreman, A. Gorbman, J.M. Dodd, and R. Olsson (eds.) Evolutionary biology of primitive fishes. Plenum Press, New York. NATO ASI Series A: Life Sciences: 103.
  104. Beamish, R.J., and G.A. McFarlane. 1985. Annulus development on the second dorsal spine of the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) and its validity for age determination. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 42: 1799‑1805.
  105. Beamish, R.J., and G.A. McFarlane. 1985. Pacific whiting, Merluccius productus, stocks off the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. Marine Fisheries Review 47(2): 75‑81.
  106. McFarlane, G.A., and R.J. Beamish. 1985. Biology and fishery of Pacific whiting, Merluccius productus, in the Strait of Georgia. Marine Fisheries Review 47(2): 23‑34.
  107. Farlinger, S.P., and R.J. Beamish. 1984. Recent colonization of a major salmon‑producing lake in British Columbia by Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 41: 278‑285.
  108. Leaman, B.M., and R.J. Beamish. 1984. Ecological and management implications of longevity in some northeast Pacific groundfishes. International Fisheries Commission Bulletin Number 42:85-97.
  109. Beamish, R.J., and G.A. McFarlane. 1983. The forgotten requirement for age validation in fisheries biology. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 112: 735‑743.
  110. Cass, A.J., and R.J. Beamish. 1983. First evidence of validity of the fin‑ray method of age determination for marine fishes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 3: 182‑188.
  111. Mason, J.C., R.J. Beamish, and G.A. McFarlane. 1983. Sexual maturity, fecundity, spawning, and early life history of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) off the Pacific coast of Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 40: 2126‑2134.
  112. Beamish, R.J. 1982. Lampetra macrostoma, a new species of freshwater parasitic lamprey from the west coast of Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 39: 736‑747.
  113. Beamish, R.J., and D.E. Chilton. 1982. Preliminary evaluation of a method to determine the age of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 39: 277‑287.
  114. Chilton, D.E., and R.J. Beamish. 1982. Age determination methods for fishes studied by the Groundfish Program at the Pacific Biological Station. Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 60. 102p.
  115. Richards, J.E., R.J. Beamish, and F.W.H. Beamish. 1982. Descriptions and keys for ammocoetes of lampreys from British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 39: 1484‑1495.
  116. Beamish, R.J. 1981. Use of fin‑ray sections to age walleye pollock, Pacific cod, and albacore, and the importance of this method. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 110: 287‑299.
  117. Beamish, R.J., and D.A. Fournier. 1981. A method for comparing the precision of a set of age determinations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 38: 982‑983.
  118. Beamish, R.J. 1980. Adult biology of the river lamprey (Lampetra ayresi) and the Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata) from the Pacific coast of Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 37: 1906‑1923.
  119. Foucher, R.P., and R.J. Beamish. 1980. Production of nonviable oocytes by Pacific hake (Merluccius productus). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 37: 41‑48.
  120. Mills, K.H., and R.J. Beamish. 1980. Comparison of fin‑ray and scale age determinations for lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) and their implications for estimates of growth and annual survival. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 37: 534‑544.
  121. Beamish, R.J. 1979. Differences in the age of Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) using whole otoliths and sections of otoliths. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 36: 141‑151.
  122. Beamish, R.J. 1979. New information on the longevity of Pacific ocean perch (Sebastes alutus). Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 36: 1395‑1400.
  123. Wood, C.C., K.S. Ketchen, and R.J. Beamish. 1979. Population dynamics of spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) in British Columbia waters. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 36: 647‑656.
  124. Beamish, R.J., and D. Chilton. 1977. Age determination of lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) using dorsal fin rays and scales. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 34: 1305-1313.
  125. Beamish, R.J., and E.J. Crossman. 1977. Validity of the subspecies designation for the dwarf white sucker (Castostomus commersoni utawana). Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 34: 371-378.
  126. Beamish, R.J., and R.R. Miller. 1977. Cytotaxonomic study of gila trout, Salmo gilae. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 34: 1041-1045.
  127. Beamish, R.J., and J.C. Van Loon. 1977. Precipitation loading of acid and heavy metals to a small acid lake near Sudbury, Ontario. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 34:649-658.
  128. Van Loon, J.C., and R.J. Beamish. 1977. Heavy‑metal contamination by atmospheric fallout of several Flin Flon area lakes and the relation to fish populations. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 34: 899‑906.
  129. Beamish, R.J., W.L. Lockhart, J.C. Van Loon, and H.H. Harvey. 1975. Long‑term acidification of a lake and resulting effects on fishes. Ambio 4: 98‑102.
  130. Beamish, R.J. 1974. Growth and survival of white suckers (Catostomus commersoni) in an acidified lake. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 31: 49‑54.
  131. Beamish, R.J. 1974. Loss of fish populations from unexploited remote lakes in Ontario, Canada as a consequence of atmospheric fallout of acid. Water Research 8: 85‑95.
  132. Beamish, R.J. 1973. Design of a trapnet with interchangeable parts for the capture of large and small fishes from varying depths. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 30: 587‑590.
  133. Beamish, R.J. 1973. Determination of age and growth of populations of the white sucker (Catostomus commersoni) exhibiting a wide range in size at maturity. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 30: 607‑616.
  134. Beamish, R.J. 1972. Lethal pH for the white sucker Catostomus commersoni (Lacépède). Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 101: 355‑358.
  135. Beamish, R.J., and H.H. Harvey. 1972. Acidification of the La Cloche Mountain Lakes, Ontario, and resulting fish mortalities. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 29: 1131‑1143.
  136. White, W.J., and R.J. Beamish. 1972. A simple fish tag suitable for long‑term marking experiments. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 29: 339‑341.
  137. Beamish, R.J., M.J. Merrilees, and E.J. Crossman. 1971. Karyotypes and DNA values for members of the suborder Esocoidei (Osteichthyes: Salmoniformes). Chromosoma 34: 436‑447.
  138. Beamish, R.J., and H. Tsuyuki. 1971. A biochemical and cytological study of the longnose sucker (Catostomus catostomus) and large and dwarf forms of the white sucker (Catostomus commersoni). Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 28: 1745‑1748.
  139. Beamish, R.J., and H.H. Harvey. 1969. Age determination in the white sucker. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 26: 633‑638.
  140. Beamish, R.J., and W.B. Scott. 1969. Asymmetry in the trunk vertebrae of Lota lota lacustris (Walbaum). Canadian Journal of Zoology 47: 537‑538.[pdf]