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 [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
NEWS PROVIDED BY: Fisheries and Oceans Central & Arctic Region Jan 23, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 23, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to preserving our freshwater resources and protecting the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species. On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Burlington, announced today a significant investment to protect the Canadian Great Lakes from Asian carps. The Government is investing up to $20 million over five years, and ongoing, to Canada's Asian Carp Program to continue prevention efforts through early warning surveillance, partnering and outreach activities. This funding will allow Fisheries and Oceans Canada to expand the Asian Carp Program to increase protection of our Great Lakes and preserve our fisheries. "I am pleased that Burlington is home to a state-of-the-art laboratory which has bolstered our efforts to fight the entry of Asian carps into the Great Lakes through research and innovation. The Government of Canada remains committed to ensuring that we take all possible measures to protect our treasured Great Lakes." - The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Burlington Asian carps are among the top aquatic invasive species being monitored for their potential establishment in the Great Lakes. Already established in the Mississippi River basin in the United States, the four species of Asian carps (Bighead, Silver, Grass and Black) aggressively compete with native fishes for food and habitat, and have quickly become the dominant species. Risk assessments conducted by Canada and the U.S. show that the Great Lakes contains enough food and adequate habitat for Bighead, Silver and Grass carps to support an invasion and establishment. The Government will continue to work closely [...]
For Immediate Release February 16, 2017 MEDICINE HAT, AB – Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Official Critic for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, made the following statement regarding the announcement by Minister LeBlanc officially endorsing the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) plan. “In 2011, the Conservative government withdrew their support and funding for PNCIMA because it was clearly spearheaded by environmental groups who are determined to completely ban traffic along the entire northern shelf bioregion. This plan is extremely reckless and goes far beyond any large-scale maritime conservation or maritime spatial planning initiative; it completely ignores the economic aspect. “PNCIMA, as it is written, threatens to handicap British Columbia’s economic potential by putting overly ambitious environmental protections ahead of economic interests. “I wrote four letters between February and June of 2014 to then Minister Gail Shea highlighting my significant concerns with this plan and those concerns are still relevant today. “I am also concerned that the livelihoods of the recreational and commercial fishermen have not been properly taken into account. It’s clear that our resource sector and sport fishing industry will be as adversely affected on the BC coast as they have been in California. It is unacceptable that fishing and the jobs and industry it supports have been virtually absent in the entire PNCIMA process and the Minister’s remarks “As I looked through the document I came across the Goals, Objectives and Strategies for PNCIMA and I would like to share them.” Integrity of the marine ecosystems in PNCIMA, primarily with respect to their structure, function and resilience Human well-being supported through societal, economic, spiritual and cultural connections to marine ecosystems in PNCIMA Collaborative, effective, transparent and integrated [...]