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Re: Point Pelee National Park region National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) feasibility study

September 24, 2018 Hon. Catherine McKenna Minister, Environment and Climate Change House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Minister McKenna, Re: Point Pelee National Park region National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) feasibility study 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. According to federal government figures our industry currently generates an annual national economy of over $8.6 billion dollars. In tandem with hunting our customers support over 100,000 jobs in all regions of the country. More Canadians fish for recreation than play golf and hockey combined. Sportfishing in all of the Great Lakes is some of the best in the world and generates a significant economy in Canada and the U.S. We write in support of the Ontario Commercial Fisheries Association (OCFA) position opposing the concept of a feasibility study by Parks Canada to create a NMCA around Point Pelee National Park, Pelee Island and all of Pigeon Bay. The OCFA Executive Director explained their opposition in their letter to you of September 17, 2018 (attached). Our information is a motion proposing such a feasibility study will soon be tabled in the House of Commons, directed to you and the CEO of Parks Canada. This Lake Erie region is very popular with anglers and the fishery for multiple species is very healthy and sustainable under current policy and regulation. CSIA is also opposed to any initiative by ECCC or Parks Canada to establish a policy or legislative foundation for eventual permanent / severely restrictive access closures for recreational anglers in Lake Erie or any of the Great Lakes without a credible basis in independently peer [...]

The Shimano Fish Conservation Files – The Thrill of Your First Fish

National Fishing Week may be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to introduce the excitement of fishing to youngsters. This week's episode of the Shimano Conservation Files shows you how you can recapture the thrill of your first catch by taking a kid 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.

July 31st, 2018|Categories: KCF Exclusive, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Shimano Fish Conservation Files – The Thrill of Your First Fish

Caring For Your Catch

Eating fresh fish is healthy and delicious. Here are a few tips for caring for your catch in this week's episode of the Shimano Conservation Files. 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.

July 24th, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Caring For Your Catch

Shimano Live Release Systems

A few weeks ago we shared a video about Shimano's Live Release Boats. For more information about the entire Live Release system, this video is a must! For over 20 years five generations of Shimano Live Release systems have safely returned millions of tournament caught bass, walleye and other fish to their home waters alive and unharmed.  

July 16th, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Shimano Live Release Systems

Licence-Free Fishing

Many provinces and territories in Canada host "licence-free fishing" weeks and weekends in an effort to get Canadians to try the sport. At Keep Canada Fishing, it is our belief that one of the best ways to keep the fishing tradition alive is to introduce it to somebody new. By encouraging young Canadians to appreciate the benefits of recreational fishing -- and our natural resources in general -- we foster a new generation of conservationists, nature lovers, anglers, and hunters. Fishing gives Canadians a reason to care about the resources their activities depend on. And as an $8 billion industry,  sustainable fishing not only benefits anglers -- it benefits all Canadians. During National Fishing Week three provinces host licence-free fishing days: Alberta‘s Family Fishing Days February 17, 18 and 19, 2018 July 7-8, 2018 403-297-6423 website Ontario‘s Family Fishing Week & Weekend February 17-19, 2018 June 30-July 8, 2018 800-667-1940 website Yukon‘s Free Fishing Weekend June 29-July 2, 2018 867-667-5721 website Other licence-free days vary by province: British Columbia’s Family Fishing Weekend June 15 – 17, 2018 877-855-3222 website Manitoba‘s Family Fishing Days February 17 – 19, 2018 June 9-10, 2018 204-945-6640 / 204 945 7795 website Fish New Brunswick Days June 2nd – June 3rd, 2018 506-453-2440 website Newfoundland & Labrador Resident Year Round Trout (Coastal Waters) Resident only 800-563-6353 website Northwest Territories Family Fishing Weekend Not applicable 800-661-0788 website Nova Scotia‘s Family Fishing Weekend February 17-19, 2018 June 2-3, 2018 902-485-5056 website Nunavut‘s Family Fishing Weekend Not applicable 866-686-2888 website Prince Edward Island Family Fishing Weekend May 19-21, 2018 902-368-4683 website Quebec‘s Family Fishing Weekend (Fête de la pêche) Les 8, 9 et 10 juin 2018 877-346-6763 french website  Saskatchewan‘s Free Fishing Weekends February 17 – 19, 2018 July 14-15, [...]

July 5th, 2018|Categories: Fun, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Licence-Free Fishing

Join the Tradition – National Fishing Week June 30 to July 8, 2018

Peterborough, ON: This summer, join a tradition that connects Canadians across the country: fishing. From June 30 to July 8th, 2018, people from coast, to coast, to coast will cast their lines in hopes of catching the big one. National Fishing Week is a celebration of tradition -- a time to pass down the  thrill of this centuries-old pastime and build memories with friends and loved ones. From the first fish you reel in, to your latest story of the one that got away, fishing fosters a passion for the outdoors and our heritage as Canadians. So, get outside this summer! Visit the hidden wonders this country offers. Enjoy the sport that is both exciting and serene, relaxing and a form of exercise. Regardless of your motivations, the result is always fun. 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 ensure sustainable fishing opportunities while safeguarding fish populations everywhere. To find out more about National Fishing Week, visit www.catchfishing.com. FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES OR TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW WITH A NATIONAL FISHING WEEK SPOKESPERSON CONTACT JESSICA MELNIK AT JESS@IMPACTCOM.CA OR 888-296-8978.

June 19th, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Join the Tradition – National Fishing Week June 30 to July 8, 2018

The Shimano Fish Conservation Files – Live Release Boats

This week in the Shimano Fish Conservation Files series we look at Shimano's influence on live release tournament fishing and the boats they pioneered. 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.

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The Shimano Fish Conservation Files – Live Release Fishing

This week in the Shimano Fish Conservation Files series we look at the benefits of live release 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.

May 16th, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Shimano Fish Conservation Files – Live Release Fishing

The Shimano Fish Conservation Files – Protecting Canada’s Fishing Heritage

This week in the Shimano Fish Conservation Files series we look at the need to protect Canada's fishing heritage. 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.

May 8th, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Shimano Fish Conservation Files – Protecting Canada’s Fishing Heritage

M.P. Bob Zimmer and Walter Oster Receive Sportfishing Industry President’s Award

CSIA President Kim Rhodes recently presented the association's highest honor to M.P. Bob Zimmer (Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies) and Walter Oster, in recognition of their advocacy and leadership in support of recreational fishing and conservation in Canada. Mr. Zimmer is Co-Chair of the all-party Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus and Mr. Oster has recently retired as Chair, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows (CNSS). “Bob and Walter are both excellent ambassadors for our outdoor heritage sports and we appreciate all that each man has done, and continues to do on behalf of recreational fishing”, said Kim Rhodes. The all party Outdoor Caucus includes M.P.’s and Senators from all political parties who work together on legislation and policy which is important to fishing, hunting, trapping and target shooting. Eight million Canadians enjoy fishing and they live in every electoral riding in the country. CNSS is a not-for-profit Corporation and the largest producer of boat, fishing, ski and outdoor shows in Canada. In addition to the Great Ontario Salmon Derby, CNSS operates fishing and hunting consumer shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal. “Whenever there is a program to encourage young people to enjoy fishing, Walter Oster and CNSS have been there to support it”, said Rhodes. He added, “When some M.P.s and others work against the best interests of anglers and our industry, Bob Zimmer and his Outdoor Caucus colleagues have our backs in Ottawa”. 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 [...]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Issues, KCF Exclusive, News, Ontario, West|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on M.P. Bob Zimmer and Walter Oster Receive Sportfishing Industry President’s Award