­

Canadians’ Access to Fishing Could Close Permanently

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 is a quiet, coordinated effort on the part of numerous U.S.-based environmental organizations to close access to fishing for Canadians. This effort can be seen most recently in British Columbia. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has been at the fore of developing a Protected Areas plan since 2008, beginning in North West coastal British Columbia, with access closures now mapped on 102,000 square km of coastal and inland waters. According to DFO, the closures in BC represent their plan for the rest of Canada -- including the Great Lakes. Recent Environmental Non-Government Organization (ENGO) submissions to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans recommend 75% permanent closure zones in all protected area designations. Another concerning fact is that public transparency and stakeholder involvement is limited. Much of what is being planned is taking place behind closed doors. Looking five years down the road, the math around permanent fishing access closures is sobering for people who just want to take their kids fishing. 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 5: 8 Million Anglers Left in the Dark: Why Don’t We Get a Say in Fishing Closures? Go to Article 6: Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management From Anglers’ Perspective This is an ongoing issue that we will be reporting on — both in-depth and as the threat of fishing closures arise across [...]

The North American Model of Conservation

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 long-lasting sustainability, is unfortunately tainted by a large network of nefarious motives, backroom meetings, and questionable financial dealings -- all driven by powerful U.S. environmental groups. However, it should be noted that the wealth of healthy and abundant fish and wildlife populations, habitat, parks and protected areas we take for granted in Canada did not occur by accident. Simply stated, Canadian natural resource management professionals and scientists have successfully applied the seven basic components of the North American Model of Conservation for decades. The North American Model of Conservation: HELD IN THE PUBLIC TRUST - Fish, wildlife, public waters and lands. A BASIS IN SOUND SCIENCE – The foundation for all natural resource management, access and harvest regulations, application of policy and environmentally sustainable wise use. DEMOCRATIC RULE OF LAW - For public access to public lands, waters and sustainable use of fish, wildlife and other natural resources. OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL - Every citizen has an opportunity, under the law, to hunt and fish in Canada (and the U.S.). USER PAYS FUNDING - Provincial, territorial, state fish & wildlife agencies / law enforcement funded by fishing & hunting license revenues and related taxes. INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES – The U.S. and Canada jointly manage fish, wildlife and habitat under various treaties, commissions, enforcement and professional organizations. COMMERCE IN DEAD FISH & WILDLIFE – Prohibitions, regulation & enforcement. The above components and the people who adhere to them have become the greatest environmental success story in world history. In future articles we'll discuss [...]

Licence-Free Fishing!

A number of provinces are hosting "Family Fishing" events this weekend, allowing residents and Canadian visitors to fish without a licence. Regulations still apply -- and vary by province -- so be sure to double check before you head out on the ice and/or water! For a complete list of licence-free fishing events this year, visit catchfishing.com. Alberta's Family Fishing Days February 17, 18 and 19, 2018 403-297-6423 website Manitoba's Family Fishing Days February 17-19, 2018 204-945-6640 / 204 945 7795 website Nova Scotia's Family Fishing Weekend February 17-19, 2018 902-485-5056 website Ontario's Family Fishing Week & Weekend February 17-19, 2018 800-667-1940 website Saskatchewan's Free Fishing Weekends February 17-19, 2018 800-567-4224 website License-free weekends are organized by provincial governments. For questions pertaining directly to fishing policies in your province, please contact your local office. 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 “Keep Canada Fishing,” you can donate now via PayPal.

OFAH: Telling Our Story

Have you seen this lovely video produced by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters? Here's what they had to say about our outdoor heritage as Canadians: It can sometimes be difficult to describe the reasons why we return to the woods and waters each year to fish, hunt and trap. It seems obvious to us, and the outdoors community. But as spokespeople for these heritage activities, we also have a role to play in telling our story to the general public. The OFAH partnered with Shimano Canada Ltd. to produce a series of informational videos about fishing, hunting, trapping and conservation. Telling Our Story is the first, and perhaps the most important message that describes our passion, our connection to conservation and many of the values that fishing, hunting and trapping provide. We encourage you to watch this video and share it among family members and friends as well as fellow anglers, hunters, trappers.

Dr. Larry McKinney Testifies Before the Standing Committee on The Oceans Act

If you missed Dr. Larry McKinney's important testimony on January 30th to the House of Commons Standing Committee on The Oceans Act’s Marine Protected Areas, we encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to it below. Dr. McKinney is the Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies following 23 years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where he served as director of Coastal Fisheries and senior director of Aquatic Resources. He is well respected as a marine scientist, fishery manager and conservationist in North America and beyond. Here his thoughts on the Oceans Act. Special thanks to the CSIA Government Affairs Chair, Phil Morlock, and Shimano for facilitating Dr. McKinney's appearance before the Standing Committee.

We Wanna Know…

Our team has been toying with the idea of creating a Keep Canada Fishing subscription box, and now we want to know: is this something our friends and followers would be interested in? It would be a curated subscription box featuring products from CSIA members, partners and affiliates (some of whom are listed in the scrolling panel below) Let us know in the comments or on social media!

“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  

Don’t get too excited about chinook salmon numbers yet, officials warn

Originally published by Yukon News, July 27, 2017 By  Jackie Hong Although the chinook salmon numbers coming out of Alaska look promising, officials on this side of the border are warning Yukoners not to get too excited yet. As of July 17, the Pilot Station sonar site on the west coast of Alaska had logged nearly 259,000 chinook salmon entering the Yukon River from the Bering Sea since May, far more than the 140,000 to 194,000 forecasted in the preseason. But from there, the fish still have to make a roughly month-long journey before they reach the Eagle sonar site, near the Yukon border. And it’s the numbers from that station that inform management decisions in Canada. TO VIEW THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE, VISIT YUKON NEWS.