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‘If I died tomorrow, I’ve lived’: wheelchair-dependent seniors go fishing

Originally Published By: Global News  July 12th, 2018. Residents of a Burnaby senior care facility who dreamed of one day going fishing again are living out a dream they thought they would never get to fulfill. “Today is a living day, everyone is out together happy… what more do you want out of life,” Cecilia Wkjord, 99, said. “If I died tomorrow, I’ve lived.” Recreation manager at Dania Home, Leslie Torresan, said the experience came about because one of the residents, Bob Clough, 87, is always sharing fishing stories. Residents of a Burnaby long-term care facility fishing in Coquitlam. “His eyes would well with tears just to tell about the 81-pounder that he caught,” Torresan said. “It fills my heart, oh my goodness, when we got the fishing lines last night I phoned Bob and the nurses got him on the phone, I said, ‘Okay Bob we are ready to go,’ and he was just so happy. So for me this is just a thrill to have them out here,” she added.......... TO VIEW THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW THESE SENIORS GO FISHING, VISIT Global News Would you like your fishing-related news featured on keepcanadafishing.com? Email us at info@catchfishing.com. Keep Canada Fishing is the national voice of Canada’s anglers, and we lead the effort to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our lakes, oceans, rivers and streams. By informing anglers of current and potential issues and threats affecting recreational fishing and access to public waters, our goal is to motivate anglers to take action on matters of importance to the future of fishing and conservation. We’re also your voice on Parliament Hill. If you would like to contribute to our efforts to [...]

August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on ‘If I died tomorrow, I’ve lived’: wheelchair-dependent seniors go fishing

National Fishing Week Rod and Reel Giveaway

To celebrate National Fishing Week we are giving away 20 rods and reels! To enter, send us a photo of one of your Canadian catches. You can send them to us on Facebook, Twitter, or email them to info@catchfishing.com. Let's see those great Canadian catches!

June 20th, 2017|Categories: Atlantic Canada, General, KCF Exclusive, Maritimes, News, North, Ontario, Prairies, Quebec, West|Comments Off on National Fishing Week Rod and Reel Giveaway

Lifejackets & Lucky Fishing Hats

Article courtesy of the Canadian Safe Boating Council July 1st-9th, 2017 marks National Fishing Week in Canada.  On designated days within this period, thousands of Canadians will take advantage of their ability to legally fish without a license.  While this opportunity has been a catalyst for many of us to catch the fishing bug, angling has been part of our Canadian heritage for countless generations. So popular has this activity become that well over 50% of the boats sold in Canada are used at least in part for fishing.  By far, the most popular boats for this activity are small open powerboats under 6 meters in length.  Coincidentally, between 2009 & 2013, boats of this type were involved in 26% of the boating-related fatalities according to the Lifesaving Society’s 2016 Drowning Report. Contrary to popular opinion, simply having a lifejacket aboard the boat alone isn’t necessarily going to be enough to prevent a catastrophic outcome.  In approximately 80% of boating-related fatalities, victims weren’t wearing their lifejackets.  Often times, a wave or wake from another boat can not only knock a boater into the water but also carry their boat away leaving them in the middle of a lake without any floatation and they drown. In this day and age, there really isn’t any excuse not to wear a lifejacket.  Manufacturers have designed purpose-built units that not only provide comfort and allow ease of casting but also have pockets and clips to keep tackle, tools and other necessities at arm’s reach. They’re even available in a camouflage pattern! Inflatable lifejackets, too, provide a great option for anglers.  They are cool, comfortable, allow for full arm motion and are completely adjustable.  They can be deployed either manually [...]

June 12th, 2017|Categories: Atlantic Canada, General, Issues, Maritimes, News, North, Ontario, Prairies, Quebec, West|Comments Off on Lifejackets & Lucky Fishing Hats

O Canada – A Nation of Anglers for over 150 Years

By Sarah McMichael For over 150 years, Canadians have been drawn to the water. Every year, from coast to coast to coast, we cast our lines. Fishing is Canada’s pastime, and National Fishing Week is the time to celebrate it. From July 1st to 9th, 2017, Canadians across the country will grab their rods and reels, and go fishing. Events will be occurring nationwide to give Canadians the chance to hook the big one. Canadians could also win one of hundreds of rods and reels given out in radio and TV contests and giveaways across the country. As we celebrate the Canada’s 150th birthday, we also celebrate the many years we have spent fishing recreationally. Fishing has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s a Canadian heritage activity, and something we’re undeniably passionate about. More adult Canadians fish than play golf and hockey combined, and why wouldn’t we? Canada is truly a fishing paradise. With over one million lakes, rivers, and streams, opportunities to hook the catch of a lifetime are just around the corner. But fishing is about so much more than catching a fish. It’s about connecting with your loved ones, and spending time enjoying the outdoors. It can take you on a heart-pounding adventure, or help you find a little serenity. It’s good for you, and it’s good for Canada. This summer, grab a rod and reel and go fishing! About National Fishing Week: National Fishing Week is supported by Catch Fishing, a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians to get outdoors and enjoy our angling heritage throughout the year. It is supported by federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as hundreds of organizations and businesses that work hard to [...]

June 8th, 2017|Categories: Atlantic Canada, General, Issues, KCF Exclusive, Maritimes, News, North, Ontario, Prairies, Quebec, West|Comments Off on O Canada – A Nation of Anglers for over 150 Years

Sweeping changes proposed to hunting and fishing licensing

Originally Published by Ontario Out of Doors, May 30, 2017 By Emily Walsh The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is currently developing a new hunting and fishing licensing system for the province. Numerous changes are being considered by the MNRF, which its proposal states will “modernize licensing products and approaches, improve client services, and ultimately support sustainable fish and wildlife management.” This proposal could mean sweeping changes to many areas of the current system. Modernization of the outdoors card, game seals, hunter harvest reporting, the hunter apprenticeship program, and overall licensing are being proposed. In addition, streamlining of hunter accreditation and enhancements to hunting and fishing licensing are on the table. Highlights of this proposal could mean major changes for hunters across the province. Specifically the elimination of different versions of the Outdoors Card to create a single Outdoors Card. A single licence document for hunting and fishing would be created and available to print at home, or emailed to the user to maintain in a digital format. Further to this, game seals will be replaced with “tags” which users will be able to purchase online and print at home, or obtain from a licence issuer. Hunters would still be required to carry their tag and notch or complete at the time of harvest, but would only be required to attach it to the harvested animal if they were no longer accompanying it. Apprentice hunters would be given the option to purchase hunting licences or tags (but will not be eligible to participate in a draw), allowing them to hunt under their own licence or continue to hunt under their mentor’s licence. However, apprentice hunters will be required to obtain an Outdoors Card, replacing the current Hunter Apprenticeship Card. [...]

May 30th, 2017|Categories: General, Issues, News, Ontario|Comments Off on Sweeping changes proposed to hunting and fishing licensing

All the fish in this Banff lake are to be removed and killed to protect other lakes from whirling disease

Parks Canada trying to protect westslope cutthroat trout in nearby Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka Originally Published by CBC News, May 17, 2017 Officials have started pulling all the fish from Johnson Lake in Banff National Park where the deadly fish parasite that causes whirling disease was first detected in Canada, in a bid to stop its spread. The disease predominantly affects trout and whitefish and can cause them to swim in a whirling pattern and die prematurely. Officials with Parks Canada will use netting and electro-fishing to remove the fish from the 15-hectare lake. Parks Canada says it's confident removing the fish will be effective, because of the lake's location and the fact it is relatively small in size and shallow in depth. Whirling disease was first detected in Canada when it was found in Johnson Lake in August 2016, but has since been detected in the entire Bow River and watershed and the Oldman River basin in Alberta. The ambitious measure at Johnson Lake is the best strategy to try to stop the disease from spreading into nearby Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka, says Banff National Park resource conservation manager Bill Hunt. "There's only 10 core populations in all of Banff National Park for westslope cutthroat [trout]," he said. "These are some of the last pure strains of westslope anywhere in the world, and so protecting those and making sure that we do as much as we can reasonably from being severely impacted by whirling disease is a pretty high priority." Hunt says because of the whirling disease, the fish will be euthanized and disposed of safely. To read more visit CBC News. 

May 23rd, 2017|Categories: General, Issues, KCF Exclusive, Prairies, West|Comments Off on All the fish in this Banff lake are to be removed and killed to protect other lakes from whirling disease

Detroit River sturgeon population among healthiest in Great Lakes

Originally Published by CBC News, May 3, 2017 An estimated 6,000 lake sturgeon are now swimming in the Detroit River, according to research by Canadian conservation groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The number of fish now make up about one per cent of what the abundance once was, according to a press release from Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, but the group celebrated the river's return as one of the healthiest populations in the Great Lakes. "This research, as well as data collected from egg and larvae surveys conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, shows the Fighting Island artificial reef expansion ... near the Town of LaSalle, has been successful and is aiding in the recovery of Lake Sturgeon and other fish species in the Detroit River," explained action Plan coordinator Claire Sanders. To read more visit CBC News. 

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Atlantic Canada, General, Issues, Maritimes, News, North, Ontario, Prairies, Quebec, West|Comments Off on Detroit River sturgeon population among healthiest in Great Lakes

Phil Morlock to testify to Standing Committee re: Marine Protected Areas

       For Immediate Release May 1, 2017 Ottawa, Ont. – The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association’s Government Affairs Chair Phil Morlock will testify to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on Tuesday, May 2nd. At 8:45 a.m. Morlock will address the committee regarding their review of Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s). In particular, he will discuss how the economic health of Canada’s recreational fishing industry and 100,000 related jobs and economies rely on environmentally sustainable fishery management and public access to places to fish. Canada’s 8 million anglers and the $9 billion annual economy they generate are the single largest constituency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The CSIA strongly supports science based management of our marine and freshwater resources, including protection zones when justified to address a specific viable threat to underwater habitat, spawning locations, etc. However, the CSIA’s stance is that MPA’s and Freshwater Protected Areas (FPA’s) should be just one tool among the many options available for effective fisheries management, and recreational fishing can and should continue in any such designated areas. Because they can be the most draconian strategy to prevent angler access to places to fish, the use of MPA’s and FPA’s should be considered only after conventional resource management measures have failed. A live audio feed of the meeting can be found here. About the CSIA/ CNSF: The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association and Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation are non-profits dedicated to the promotion and protection of recreational fishing in Canada. Our programs include Keep Canada Fishing, Catch Fishing, and Bob Izumi’s Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire Fishing Days. For more details please contact Mike Melnik at 877 822 8881 or mike@impactcom.ca. 

May 1st, 2017|Categories: Atlantic Canada, General, Issues, KCF Exclusive, Maritimes, News, North, Ontario, Prairies, Quebec, West|Comments Off on Phil Morlock to testify to Standing Committee re: Marine Protected Areas

Fishing fever: Why P.E.I. families are hooked on angling

'I have been fishing since I was big enough to hold a pole and never missed the first morning yet' Originally Published by CBC News, April 22, 2017 By Nancy Russell P.E.I. families love their fishing, as seen by a flurry of photos on social media taken on opening day this year. "We got a lot of pictures coming in, we love to see those pictures," said Rosie MacFarlane, freshwater fisheries biologist with the P.E.I. government, referring to photos posted to the Fish and Wildlife PEI Facebook page. More than 9,000 Prince Edward Islanders purchased licences last season. "There's always been strong interest on P.E.I.," said MacFarlane. Families were invited to submit their opening day photos for a chance to win some fishing gear. (Fish and Wildlife PEI/Facebook) MacFarlane points out that fishing is affordable. Parents don't need a licence if they're just helping their children and not fishing themselves. And it's even free on the family fishing weekend — the Victoria Day long weekend — when no one needs a licence. "I think people are looking for things to do with their kids that don't cost a lot of money and fishing is a really good one," said MacFarlane. "They like to get their kids outside and away from screens, I think many parents, myself included, have that issue with children and screens so it's nice to get them outside and do something in nature. Two-year-old Aubree Somerville with her dad Neil in Valleyfield, near Montague. (Fish and Wildlife PEI/Facebook) Family pond There's a very special family connection to fishing for 3 1/2 year old Isaac Arsenault, fishing for the first time with his parents. He caught his first fish [...]

April 26th, 2017|Categories: Atlantic Canada, General, Issues, News|Comments Off on Fishing fever: Why P.E.I. families are hooked on angling

Keep Canada Fishing Keeps Anglers Informed

Listen to "Keep Canada Fishing" on Spreaker. Thanks to Lawrence Gunther of Blue Fish Radio for having Sarah on to chat about the CSIA's campaigns!

April 21st, 2017|Categories: Atlantic Canada, General, Issues, Maritimes, News, North, Ontario, Prairies, Quebec, West|Comments Off on Keep Canada Fishing Keeps Anglers Informed