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“Fund a Fish” – Conservationism at Carleton University

As Robert J. Pye noted in his blog "The Outdoors Journey," there are many researchers, organizations and associations actively committed to maintaining the health and sustainability of our waterways and ecosystems. Conservationism is an intentional act, rooted in our connection to the lakes we fish, the animals we hunt, and the other natural resources we use and consume. But the efforts we make to ensure long-term sustainability must be supported by sound scientific research. This interrelation between compassionate devotion and scientific objectivity is crucial to our ongoing success as conservationists. Dr. Steven Cooke’s team at Carleton University helps protect and manage fisheries and aquatic ecosystems through a variety of ongoing research projects. Their lab takes a special interest in Conservation Physiology, a discipline which examines how fish and other organisms respond to changes in their environments -- whether as a result of human interaction or natural occurrences. They use a number of methods to acquire their data, including tagging. The Cooke Lab is currently focusing some of their efforts on the Rideau Watershed, where they are tagging, tracking and monitoring small and large-mouth bass using acoustic receivers and micro acoustic transmitters. To complete this important task, they are asking for help in two ways: Providing information about your personal experiences fishing the Rideau Watershed. Have you ever fished for bass on Big Rideau Lake? Take this 10-minute survey to tell their research team about your experiences. Fund a fish! Donate to their Rideau Watershed project and help be an active part of the scientific process. Donors will receive personalized information on the fish they've "funded," including where it was tagged, where it swam, and ultimately, how the data the fish provided will improve fisheries management in the area. [...]

The Outdoors Journey – National Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Heritage Day

Originally published by Pye Acres, September 15, 2017 by Robert J. Pye The White Otter Inn was in my rear view mirror and the rising sun was on my windshield.  I was up unreasonably early to drive home from a late-November OFAH membership meeting in northwestern Ontario. Slowly,  the break of dawn unveiled the full view of an empty Trans-Canada Highway… empty except for the OFAH company Jeep I was driving and a half-ton truck up ahead.  That truck was also flying my organization’s emblem. When some people didn’t care about cold water streams and its value to fish and wildlife, it was trout fisherman who volunteered to plant trees, prevent erosion, built spawning beds and fish ladders. Back bumper or top windshield corner, I can spot an OFAH membership decal a mile away. Our bright blue membership sticker is the highly recognizable “I’m proud to fish and hunt” statement affixed to boats, ATV’s, trucks and cars all throughout Ontario, especially in the north. With a full travel mug of coffee and an extra hour on my side, I had no inclination to pass my fellow OFAH members.  After all, a weekend full of fish hatchery tours, club meetings and conservation topics couldn’t replace this anonymous OFAH membership success story being told, from the shoulders up, with backs against a truck cab window. With every mile I paid closer attention to the OFAH members sitting side-by-side in the cab of that truck. Their blaze orange hats and jackets made it easy to tell how they were spending the morning.  A father and his son, I predicted. Going deer hunting, I assumed. I recognized their body language from my own childhood hunting trips, sitting beside my Dad on the bench [...]

SUP fishing 101

Originally published by Ontario Out of Doors, August 4, 2017 by  Alyssa Lloyd With the popularity of kayak fishing in Ontario, it hasn’t taken anglers long to start using standup paddleboards (SUPs) too. Their advantages are crystal clear: they are simple, portable, low cost, low maintenance, customizable, stealthy on the water, and just plain fun. They come in a variety of materials so anglers can choose from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam core, wood, or a portable and an easily stored inflatable. SUPs are the perfect craft for a quick fish or a full day excursion. Here are some SUP tips to help you get paddling. Getting comfortable Pablo Bonilla of SUPnorth in Haliburton uses SUPs as simple fishing vessels targeting both fresh and saltwater species. As an instructor, Bonilla recommends first and foremost you become accustomed to paddling a SUP before you attempt fishing from one. “Gaining confidence is the first step, the more comfortable you are on your board, the more enjoyable fishing will be.” says Bonilla. TO FIND MORE TIPS ON SUP FISHING, VISIT OODMAG.COM  

Manitoba Commits To Sustainable Fishing

Originally published by MyToba, June 30th 2017 WINNIPEG, MB – In recognition of National Fishing Week, the Manitoba government highlights its commitment to sustainable fishing through changes that will help ensure the sustainability of the province’s valuable fish stocks, Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox announced today. “National Fishing Week is a great time to celebrate the tremendous opportunity that exists in Manitoba because of our valuable fish resources,” Cox said.  “Manitobans derive both economic and recreational benefit from our healthy fish stocks and we need to work together to protect and preserve this important resource.  We are committed to working with all users to ensure the long-term sustainability of fishing in our province.” TO VIEW THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE, VISIT mytoba.ca.

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!

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 [...]

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 [...]

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|0 Comments

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. 

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.