• Jason Barnucz | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Jason Barnucz | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Jason Barnucz is a fisheries biologist, a fishing ambassador, and an avid angler. As part of his job with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, he can spend 100 days or more on the water. Added to the time he gets to spend teaching, volunteering and fishing for fun, Jason spends almost [...]

  • “Big” Jim McLaughlin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    “Big” Jim McLaughlin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Jim McLaughlin has been part of the recreational fishing community for over 30 years. Affectionately known as "Big" Jim, he is a respected veteran of the industry, as well as a much-loved mentor to children and young anglers entering the sport. He is currently a spokesperson for National Fishing Week, [...]

  • Averie Rose Bonin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Averie Rose Bonin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    The DFO released the 2015 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada in February 2019. It revealed some interesting insight into the fishing industry. According to the data, males made up 79% of all resident anglers. As well, the survey revealed that most anglers are over 45. One young angler is hoping to change these stats. Twelve-year-old Averie Rose [...]

  • Shimano’s Phil Morlock Receives  Sportfishing Industry Award

    Shimano’s Phil Morlock Receives Sportfishing Industry Award

    Peterborough, ON - Phil Morlock, Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy for Shimano, was awarded top honours today from the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA). President Kim Rhodes presented Morlock with the CSIA President's Award at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show Thursday morning. The President's Award is given to an [...]

  • Yvonne Brown | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Yvonne Brown | Champions of Recreational Fishing

    Yvonne Brown is a Canadian angler and the founder of Ontario Women Anglers. In February 2016, Yvonne became the first female to receive the Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence, presented by the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, for her contributions to the sport. She is also an ambassador for National Fishing Week and Keep Canada Fishing.  For these reasons, and many others, she is one of our Champions of Recreactional Fishing. Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to [...]

Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management From Anglers’ Perspective

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , |

The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association strongly supports scientifically based management of our marine and freshwater resources. Anglers (and hunters) fund conservation and lead all other groups in efforts to benefit fish and wildlife, including species [...]

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Newfoundlanders remember former president George H.W. Bush’s fishing trips to Labrador

December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Maritimes, News|Tags: , , , , |

Originally published on Tri-City News From The Canadian Press, December 3, 2018 ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Some prominent Newfoundlanders are reflecting on the late George H.W. Bush and his affection for the fishing trips he made [...]

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50% drop in rainbow trout puts Bow River’s ‘world-renowned’ sport fishery at risk

November 28th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, Prairies, West|Tags: , , , , , |

Originally published by CBC News, Nov 26, 2018 By Sarah Rieger The Bow River likely won't be able to support its "world-renowned" recreational fishery in future as the river's rainbow trout population is in drastic decline, according to a [...]

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8 Million Anglers Left in the Dark: Why Don’t We Get a Say in Fishing Closures?

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Why are US environmental groups invited to the table while Canadian stakeholders are not? Canada boasts 8 million anglers. These 8 million anglers generate an annual economy of $9 billion in support of their passion. [...]

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‘I am superbly worried’: West Coast fishermen await decision on restrictions meant to protect orcas

November 26th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, West|Tags: , , , , , , |

Originally Published by CBC, Nov 25, 2018 By Maryse Zeidler  A year after the Department of Fisheries and Oceans closed off several West Coast sports fishing area to protect orcas, fishermen say they're worried more closures [...]

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Letter to Minister Jonathan Wilkinson Re: Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 November 8, 2018 Dear Minister Wilkinson: Every five years, a survey of recreational fishing in [...]

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Canadians’ Access to Fishing Could Close Permanently

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Will you be able to take your kids fishing in 5 years? When you look at trends in fishing closures, maybe not. It might sound like the plot of a Mission Impossible film, but there [...]

Protection Zones: One Size Does Not Fit All

November 13th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Where fisheries closures arise, supporting scientific data is curiously absent. Last week we outlined the seven components of the North American Conservation Model. Included in that list are three crucial guidelines: that regulations be based [...]

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What is an MPA?

November 13th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, News|Tags: , , |

With information from the Government of Canada. MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) are protected areas of seas, oceans, estuaries or large lakes that are legally protected and managed to achieve the long-term conservation of nature. MPAs may allow some current and future activities depending [...]

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Ministry fishing muskie with Ontario anglers to learn about its habitat

November 8th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News, Ontario|Tags: , , , |

Originally Published by CBC News, Nov 01, 2018 On a cool, October morning on a lake as clear as glass, volunteers geared up at the Belle River Marina in Lakeshore, Ont. to reel in the big muskie. About [...]

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Pure Fishing to be sold for $1.3 billion

November 7th, 2018|Categories: Issues, News|Tags: , , , |

Earlier today Newell Brands announced its decision to sell leading tackle provider Pure Fishing for $1.3 billion. According to a press release, Newell signed a definitive agreement to sell Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners, a [...]

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The North American Model of Conservation

November 6th, 2018|Categories: Elevating Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

In our first article in our series on Elevating Recreational Fishing in Canada, we revealed that the Canadian government is ignoring decades of sound natural resources management. What should be celebrated as an ongoing accomplishment in [...]

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