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 every day of the year focused on fish and their habitats. With a dedication like that, it's clear why Jason is a Champion of Recreational Fishing! Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. Here’s what Jason has to say about his career on the water. Who introduced you to fishing? Namely my father, grandfather and uncle introduced me to the sport at 5-6 years of age. Do you remember the first fish you caught and where it was? I don’t remember the first fish I caught but my first memory of catching a notable fish was in 1983 when I placed 2nd in the Bluewater Anglers Kids Fishing Derby with my Uncle and Grandfather. During that event I caught my first Northern Pike trolling a #3 Mepps spinner on a Fenwick Rod and an Abu Garcia Cardinal Reel. That was a moment I will never forget. Explain a little bit about the work that you do and how it relates to recreational fishing and conservation. Throughout much of my life I have been interested in fishing and this passion has carried over into career. I have built a 15 year career in aquatic resource research and management. I currently work as an Aquatic Science Biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I contribute to various research programs in the Great Lakes focussing on endangered fish species research and [...]
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, as well as a sought-after speaker, emcee, and publisher of Just Fishing, Canada’s oldest & largest free fishing publication. For these reasons -- and many more -- "Big" Jim McLaughlin is one of our Champions of Recreational Fishing. Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. Here’s what Jim has to say about his career on the water. Who introduced you to fishing? Can you describe any fond memories you may have of that experience? My parents introduced me to angling at roughly 6 years of age in the Rideau Canal which runs through Ottawa…. [My] first fish was a bullhead!!! What is your favourite fish to catch? I love them all, but largemouth bass hold my heart. What are your thoughts on the fishing community? Has it grown with the use of social media? Is it competitive? It certainly has grown through social media and it remains as competitive as ever. What's the worst or most embarrassing day of fishing you've had? Not that it’s happened to me?? But I’ve heard its embarrassing when you leave the plug out at a tournament and get heckled… Why do you believe recreational fishing is important to Canadians? I truly believe it is a simple way to relax and maybe rustle up the good old fish fry... What issues currently affect recreational fishing? What can we do to solve these [...]
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 Bonin is an avid angler and fledgling YouTube star. Averie Rose uses her YouTube channel to promote the fun of fishing. She hopes that her work will encourage other kids to get hooked on the sport. For these reasons, and many more, Averie Rose is one of our Champions of Recreational Fishing! Who introduced you to fishing? My dad is the person who first introduced me to fishing. He always tells the story of how he put me in my stroller and took me to Humber Bay Park in Mississauga when I was just seven days old. It was spending time with my dad that really sparked my love of fishing. How old are you and how long have you been fishing? I’m twelve years old and fishing has been part of my life since the start. I have been going on fishing trips with my family since I was only a week old and have been fishing myself since I was able to hold a rod. My very first rod was a pink ice fishing rod that I used for everything. I was very small so instead of a big six-foot fishing rod my dad gave me the ice rod because it was a better fit. Why did you decide to start making YouTube videos? In March of 2018 I had the opportunity to go to the Bassmaster Classic. It was such an amazing trip, and thanks to our family friend Dave Mercer, I was able to [...]
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 individual who engages in advocacy and leadership in support of recreational fishing and conservation in Canada. Morlock has a professional background in wildlife biology, environmental outdoor education, criminal law enforcement, and TV and print journalism. In addition to his work with Shimano, he is also the Government Affairs Chair for the CSIA and CNSF, sits on the board of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), and is an Honorary Member of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus. "Phil has been active in the outdoors community for decades," stated Kim Rhodes. "Professionally he has managed corporate conservation programs and represented Shimano in advocacy issues with federal, state and provincial governments, and natural resource agencies in the U.S. and Canada. However, he also has a deep-seated personal interest in the welfare of our natural resources and in fishing as an integral part of our Canadian heritage." The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) represents the manufacturers, distributors, retailers and sales agencies which serve the 8 million Canadians who fish as an outdoor heritage activity. For inquiries and to arrange an interview, please contact Mike Melnik at 888-296-8978, firstname.lastname@example.org. A PDF version of this press release is available here.
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 the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. Here's what Yvonne has to say about her career on the water. Who introduced you to fishing? Can you describe any fond memories you may have of that experience? My father was not only the person who taught me how to fish as a child, but also responsible for my re-introduction to the sport after a 30 year absence. I recall the fun my siblings and I would have catching panfish off the dock on Rice Lake almost 50 years ago. Even more clearly, I remember that day in August 2008 that I spent on Crowe Lake with my dad and my youngest son where I caught my first smallmouth bass, which was also my biggest fish ever at the time. It was then that I made the decision to learn how to identify fish, rig my own rod, understand what baits to use when and just to spend more time on the water learning as much as I could about the sport. Why did you start Ontario Women Anglers and Fishing 101 for Women? I had the opportunity to be a fishing instructor in 2012 at the annual OFAH Women’s Outdoor Weekend where I met many women who had a similar history as me regarding their fishing experiences. A lot of them hadn’t fished since childhood and, during that weekend, caught their most fish ever, landed their biggest fish, learned how to set up their rods, [...]
We've been waiting a long time for this. Over two years to be exact. We're happy to report that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has released the 2015 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada. While it's important to keep in mind that this survey only takes into account fishing licence holders -- and thereby discounts seniors, First Nations, members of the military, and anglers under the required age -- the stats show that fishing is alive and well in Canada. We'll be analyzing the numbers over the next few weeks, but we thought we'd share a few highlights. You can view the completed report online or download a PDF. Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada: 3.2 million adult anglers actively participated in a variety of fishing activities in 2015. Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada: On average, Canadians fished more days in 2015 than five years earlier. The average number of days fished per angler was 15 days in 2015 compared with 13 days in 2010. Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada: Ontario and Quebec lead the way, accounting for 53% of all active anglers. There were 754,617 active anglers in Ontario and 652,919 active anglers in Quebec. However, these numbers are lower than in 2010. Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada: 7.9 billion dollars was contributed to various local economies through fishing.
Bob Izumi is a Canadian fishing icon, and a true champion of recreational fishing. His fishing empire has made an indelible mark on the Canadian outdoors industry. In the early 1980s, Izumi became a household name with his television series, Bob Izumi's Real Fishing Show. He built on this success with a syndicated radio show and popular print magazine. He is also a Canada’s first full-time professional fisherman, and continues to compete and win championships throughout North America. Underscoring all of Bob's successes is his cheerful personality and passion for the sport -- one which he continues to support, promote, and participate in with unyielding enthusiasm. Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. We're pleased to have Bob kick off this ongoing series. Who introduced you to fishing? Can you describe any fond memories you may have of that experience? My father, Joe Izumi, used to take myself, my brother, two sisters and the neighbourhood kids to Rondeau Bay. We didn’t have a lot of money, didn’t have a boat and he raised us as a single parent. To forget his worries he’d take us fishing. At one time he had as many as nine of us crammed in a Volkswagen beetle to fish off the bank Do you remember the first fish you caught and where it was? I definitely don’t remember my first fish but we used to catch lots of panfish off the shore. We definitely had a good teacher! My dad used to say “You can’t catch fish unless your bait is ion the water”…he was a very competitive person. Do you have a favourite place to [...]
The Ontario Government announced today that it will be canceling a scheduled fishing licence fee increase, as well as removing the $2 service fee. "Next year, whether renewing a licence or purchasing for the first time, there will be no price hike and no service fee. This will put $2.7 million back into the pockets of the hard-working people of Ontario," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. The Ministry also revealed that two new licence-free fishing events will be held in 2019. Now Ontario residents will be able to fish without a licence on Mother's Day, May 12, and Father's Day, June 16. "Recreational fishing is a $2.2 billion industry in Ontario," said Minister Yakabuski. "People come from all over the world to experience what this beautiful province has to offer, including fishing in our many lakes, rivers and streams, and we are helping the people of this province and their families do the same." For more information on the fishing licence fee in Ontario, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/fishing. 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 “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.
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 that are not harvested. They have a long history of making sacrifices for the betterment of the resource. These accommodations have sometimes included targeted closures where the science has clearly indicated they are the best solutions to protect fish and sensitive habitat. However, as outlined in an earlier article, very little pertinent research is contributed to recent closures and proposed closures. Zoning of public access to the nation's waters based on arbitrary percentage formulas, purchased ‘science,’ and European ‘values’ is not acceptable, not credible and not in the interest of Canadians. The establishment of any protected area regardless of its level of restrictions should: Be based on the best scientific information available. Include criteria to assess the conservation benefits of the closed area. Establish a timetable for review of the closed area’s performance that is consistent with the initial purpose for creating the closure, and remove closure designation once the management goals are achieved. Allow for recreational fishing to continue whenever possible. Acknowledge and allow for the significant differences between the often severe impacts on habitat and fish populations from some commercial fishing harvest methods compared to the minimal effects from recreational fishing practices. Be based on an assessment of the benefits and impacts of the closure, including its size, in relation to other management measures (either alone or in combination with such measures), including the benefits and impacts of limiting access to: users of the area, overall fishing activity, fishery science, and fishery and marine conservation. Go to Article [...]
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. Recreational fishing supports jobs in tourism, transportation, retail goods, boating, vehicle sales, ATV’s and snowmobiles. The taxes generated on multiple levels as a result of people fishing are substantial. Even so, the federal government has not always viewed sustainable recreational fishing as an important part of the Canadian economy. The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) is the only national recreational fishing industry organization in Canada. Representing retailers, manufacturers and sales agencies, the CSIA works closely with sister trade organization, The American Sportfishing Association, on issues of mutual interest. Many of the U.S. Environmental Non-Government Organizations (ENGOs) and benefactors which threaten the future of fishing access in Canada are engaged in identical campaigns back home. The contrast, however, is in transparency. Even after asking to be included in discussions concerning major policy or legislative initiatives which directly impact fishing, CSIA is never invited to the table. U.S. ENGOs, on the other hand, are welcomed as "stakeholders" by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Before an accountable, transparent and fairly balanced stakeholder policy process can be established at DFO and ECCC, there must be full disclosure by these agencies of the existing funding, partners, maps and plans involved in ongoing policies and plans concerning MPAs. Go to Article 1: Funds from U.S. ENGOs Threaten Your Right to Fish Go to Article 2: The North American Model of Conservation Go to Article 3: Protection Zones: One Size Does Not Fit All Go to Article 4: Canadians’ Access to Fishing [...]