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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]