Jason Barnucz | Champions of Recreational Fishing

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 [...]