Bruce Tufts runs the fresh water research centre at Queens University and knows a thing or two about catching and releasing fish alive. He’s also looked inside more than his fair share of fish to learn just what makes them thrive. More recently, Bruce has students studying the connection between Gobies and Bass on the great lakes, and just published a report on the importance of youth spending time on the water fishing.
Fish stories most often involve the one that got away. But, fish can also make lasting impacts on our lives. Listen to Lawrence Gunther, the host of Blue Fish Radio, tell how different fish have affected him in many surprising ways.
Lawrence Gunther speaks with Anthony Ricciardi from McGill University about his life-long work tracking invasive species entering the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence. Here about what it has resulted in, and what could lie in store if we don’t get a lot smarter about safeguarding the remaining native species from the impacts of invasives.
Brian Riddell CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation is excited about a new $20 million international partnership to research Salmon, but has deep concern for the up-coming 2015 summer and what the lack of snow in British Columbia’s mountains could mean for salmon – the foundation of BC’s ecosystems.
Mark Gloutney, Eastern Canada Regional Director for Ducks Unlimited, talks about the fish conservation work his organization has been busy undertaking across Canada, and the new cooperation agreement Ducks recently signed with Muskie Canada Inc., which begs the question, don’t Muskie eat ducks?
The Federation of Ontario Cottager Associations knows that their 50,000 member families understand all-too-well that their enjoyment of their cottage properties is directly linked to the health of the waters their cottages border. Terry Rees is the head of FOCA and is leading the charge to make sure Ontario’s water resources are treated right.
Over ten years of promoting sound angler stewardship practices, the U.S. non-profit organization Recycled Fish has learned a few things about what we anglers and the population as a whole have to do to ensure our fish and water resources are going to be around for future generations to enjoy – it goes way beyond catch and release.
As climate change continues to shrink the ice-pack in Canada’s Arctic, opportunities for commercial fishing expand. Naturally, the temptation to capitalize on this relatively untapped wild bounty is great, but will the fishing be done sustainability? Over 2,000 scientists from around the world are raising cautionary flags. Time will tell if people are listening.
Michele Kuruc, Vice President of Ocean Policy at the World Wildlife Fund, speaks to Lawrence about the global problem of illegal fishing and why all of us need to put a stop to it before the world’s wild fish stocks are decimated.
Mark Melnyk, a popular fishing program TV host, shares his insights and stories on fish conservation, and a number of excellent stewardship tips.