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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 [...]

A BI-PARTISAN VICTORY IN PARLIAMENT FOR CANADA’S 8 MILLION ANGLERS

Thanks in large part to the non-partisan efforts and cooperation across the aisle by the Liberal and Conservative Co-Chairs of the all-party Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus (Members of Parliament Yvonne Jones and Bob Zimmer), a major legislative threat to the future of fishing was dealt a stunning defeat on Wednesday, October 5 in the House of Commons. MP Blaine Calkins chairs the Conservative Hunting & Angling Caucus and also worked to educate his fellow MPs on the issue.  By a vote of 198 to 84, Conservative and Liberal MPs stood together with Cabinet and Prime Minister Trudeau in support of our outdoor heritage activities and defeated a Bill which would have made it a federal crime to kill a fish or shoot a duck for dinner. The Modernizing Animal Protections Act (C-246) was introduced in Parliament on February 26, 2016 by MP Nathanial Erskine-Smith (L-Beaches-East York)  with the full support of U.S. and Canadian based organizations dedicated to ending all fishing, hunting, trapping, agriculture and medical research where animals are involved. Although the Bill was promoted as necessary to ban shark finning (which is already illegal) and to stop the alleged use of dog and cat fur in garments – the true purpose was far more sinister. No fewer than seven previous Bills with identical language and substantial fines and jail time for anyone killing an animal ‘brutally or viciously’ (even if the animal dies immediately), were repeatedly introduced in Parliament since 1999. Of course it is no coincidence the animal rights organizations promoting this legislation have a long history attempting to portray fishing, hunting and trapping to unsuspecting urbanites and media as being fundamentally brutal and vicious. For people who have never been fishing or [...]

Update on Bill C-246

The fight against Bill C-246 is on. Bill C-246 could be dangerous for the outdoors community. It proposes new animal cruelty legislation without making explicit exceptions for anglers and hunters, meaning that if passed it could make fishing and hunting illegal. Over the past few months, Keep Canada Fishing has been working to make Canadians aware of the threat of this bill. We are running the following ad in The Hill Times on Monday October 3, 2016. This ad was placed in the same publication by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Keep Canada Fishing was happy to see several Canadian MPs standing up against Bill C-246. We hope MPs will continue to stand up for Canada's outdoor community by speaking against Bill C-246. Make sure to check back on our site for more updates on Bill C-246. Let's beat this bill!

GO FISHING, GO TO JAIL – There’s something’s fishy about Bill C-246

To contact your MP, MPP or MLA click here. Peterborough, Ont: Canadian families who fish together will do time together if Bill C-246 becomes law. The ‘Modernizing Animal Protections Act” was introduced last week by Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith of Toronto. It is being promoted as legislation to ban of the importation of shark fins and outlaw the practice of shark finning in Canadian waters. But that is only the tip of the fin. An activist coalition of Canadian and U.S. animal rights organizations with a decades-long history of sustained attacks on anglers and farmers quickly supported the private member’s bill. Led by the International Fund for Animal Welfare of Yarmouth, Massachusetts and the Toronto-based Animal Alliance of Canada, these groups have once again come out in strong support of federal legislation which threatens a criminal charge, up to a $10,000 fine and five years jail time for anglers who harvest a few fish for dinner. Provisions in Bill C-246 clearly make it possible for someone who catches a fish to face criminal prosecution for cruelty to animals. Even the act of baiting a hook with a worm would be considered an act of cruelty according to the Bill. Specifically, Section 182.1.1 states that: 182.1 (1) Everyone commits an offence who, willfully or recklessly, (b) kills an animal or, being the owner, permits an animal to be killed, brutally or viciously, regardless of whether the animal dies immediately; This section poses the same threat as the seven previous iterations of similar bills. According to exhaustive legal opinions, for the first time in Canadian history this section would make it an offence to kill an animal brutally or viciously – without defining those terms – and [...]