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Lawrence Gunther, the host of the Blue Fish Radio Show, heard across all popular podcast broadcasters and over basic cable TV on AMI Audio, is also the founder and president of Blue Fish Canada, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to the future of fish and fishing. Blue Fish Canada operates a number of exciting programs such as the Fishing Tackle Recycler initiative, the Urban Shore Fishing Node program, the free Shoreline Clean-Up toolkit, Blue Fish Sustainable, and more. We also produce multi-media content to inform youth and others on harvesting fish sustainably and catch-and-release best practices. Today on Blue Fish Radio we present “What Every Angler Should Know”:
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Len Perdic is the founder and Tournament Director of the Fishn Canada Carp Cup, a tournament held on the shores of the St. Lawrence River each spring. Lawrence Gunther, the host of Blue Fish Radio, drops in to chat with teams spread out over 22 different pegs along the shore of the St. Lawrence for a 77-hour carp fishing marathon. The winner took home $5,000 and a trip to Europe to fish the World Carp Championship. Link below to hear what competitors and Len have to say about this year’s competition on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:
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For 41 years Outdoor Group Media has been raising the bar on the production and delivery of award-winning content to over 2-million dedicated Canadian readers of their magazines Outdoor Canada and BC Outdoors. And now, with the acquisition of World Fishing Network Canada, now rebranded as Sportsman Channel Canada, their reach is extended to 9.5-million Canadian households. As Publisher and President of Outdoor Group Media, Mark Yelic is one of Canada’s giants in the Canadian fishing industry, and the guest on this episode of Blue Fish Radio. Link below to hear How Mark got his start in the media business, how he’s built up the company to ever greater heights as Canada’s premier outdoor media content provider, and the importance of conservation in all they do:
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Mr. David MacLachlan is the executive Director of Discover Northern Ontario. His extensive resort ownership and operation management background provides him with a comprehensive perspective on the needs of fishing-related tourism operations. This includes growing internationally what’s already Canada’s largest fishing tourism region, and supporting owner/operators to attract greater numbers of both international visitors, and families, women and youth. David is also fully engaged in ensuring Northern Ontario’s fishing resorts remain pristine wilderness environments, and is actively engaging the forestry industry and the promotion of stewardship initiatives to ensure the future of fish and fishing. Link below to hear David MacLachlan in conversation with Lawrence Gunther on this episode of Blue fish Radio:
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So many amazing species of fish around the world, and right here in Canada too. Canada’s recreational fishery has been improving for the past 40 years, and while there’s still room for improvement, we also have much to be thankful for. Link below for a Blue fish Radio presentation of Canada’s Own River Monsters as captured and released by Lawrence Gunther:
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The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessed 13 of BC’s 26 Chinook stocks and found eight to be endangered. Contributing to the demise of southern BC Chinook stocks are developments along the Lower Fraser estuary such as dykes, pump stations, dredging and infilling. Thankfully, a $2.7-million habitat connectivity project funded through The $75-million coastal restoration fund — part of the federal five-year $1.5-billion oceans protection plan – is already helping to restore crucial salmon habitat. The days of the Steveston jetty on the lower Fraser River preventing juvenile salmon from accessing the estuary zone in Sturgeon Bank may be coming to an end. The Steveston jetty project is one of many underway to restore access to vital salmon rearing habitat essential to the development of salmon smoltz prior to their entering the Pacific Ocean. Link below to learn how Murray Manson, a restoration biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is working with angling and conservation groups on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:
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Building on our series “giants in the Canadian fishing industry”, Blue Fish Radio is honored to feature Yvonne Brown, founder of “Ontario Women Anglers”. In 2016 Yvonne Brown became the first woman angler to receive the Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence presented by the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame. Yvonne serves as an ambassador for National Fishing Week and Keep Canada Fishing. These titles acknowledge Yvonne’s work and dedication to introducing the sport of fishing to women through the organization she founded called Ontario Women Anglers. Link below to hear Yvonne discuss with Lawrence Gunther programs Yvonne has on offer through Ontario Women Anglers on this episode of Blue Fish Radio: Yvonne Brown believes that getting people involved in any outdoor activity helps create stewards of our natural resources. She says, “The more families that engage in fishing, hunting, hiking and other outdoor pursuits, the better chance we have in educating Canadians in protecting our fisheries, wildlife and waterways”. For more about Ontario Women Anglers visit: www.OntarioWomenAnglers.Com
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Blue Fish Radio continues to seek answers to why BC’s ecosystem is in decline. After the collapse of the Cod fishery and all that entailed on Canada’s east coast, why are BC’s southern Chinook salmon heading down the same path? Link below to listen to this week’s Blue Fish Radio guest expert, Ian McAllister from Pacific Wild, as we explore the foundation role of North Pacific Herring, and why their decline threatens BC’s entire ecosystem: Mr. Ian McAllister is the executive director of Pacific Wild. He’s dedicated his life to exploring the rivers and tributaries along Canada’s west coast, and finding solutions too many of our “man-made” problems. His actions to conserve vital wilderness are making a difference, and his media projects to document and educate others continue to earn Ian and his team much applause. Link below to watch the trailer for Ian’s latest initiative, a 42-minute IMAX film “The Great Bear Rainforest” that’s receiving tons of critical acclaim: https://pacificwild.org/video/great-bear-rainforest-imax-trailer/
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Blue Fish Canada attended the 2019 Musky Odyssey and our volunteers were blown away. The event is just one of many of Peter Levick’s irons in the fire such as his role as editor of the Musky Release Journal and guiding on the Ottawa River. Link below to hear more about the Odyssey and the work Peter and many others are doing to ensure the future of musky and musky fishing on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:
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Step over the US border from British Columbia and you will find US sturgeon fisheries opening up to limited recreational harvesting following successful rebuilding of Sturgeon stocks. At the same time, the BC government has authorized clear-cutting of key Fraser River juvenile Sturgeon wetland habitat, and the construction of bridges directly on top of prime Sturgeon spawning beds. For years BC anglers have been conducting citizen science to monitor the status of the Fraser River Sturgeon, and lobbying for government to do something to halt the decline of juvenile Sturgeon numbers. Link below to hear John Werring’s assessment of the BC government’s inept management of this important historic and economic resource on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:
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