Gord Ellis with a Lake Superior Steelhead

Gord Ellis on Steelheading and Social Media


Gord Ellis is an angler, hunter, guide and outdoor columnist who hangs his hat in Thunder Bay Ontario. With over 1,000 published articles to his name and over 20 awards for his writing, he’s more than well-known along the north-west shore of Superior. More than that though, he’s respected for his conservation ethic and willingness to share his passion and hard-earned local knowledge to both young and old alike. Lawrence Gunther and his guide dog Moby met up with Gord on a beautiful April day to fish for Steelhead on three area ice-cold rivers. While warming up, Gord and Lawrence took a few minutes to reflect on the role of social media as a tool for sharing local knowledge and observations in ways that build informal networks of citizen scientists committed to the conservation of natural resources, this week on Blue Fish Radio.


Gord Ellis and Moby

Gord Ellis and Moby

Lawrence and Moby Fishing Wolf River

Lawrence and Moby Fishing Wolf River

Moby and Lawrence on the Bank of Wolf River

Moby and Lawrence on the Bank of Wolf River

Keep Canada Fishing

Keep Canada Fishing Keeps Anglers Informed

Sarah_McMichaelThis week on Blue Fish Radio Lawrence speaks with Sarah McMichael from the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association about their many initiatives to ensure the tradition of fishing is passed on from Canada’s 8-million anglers to the next generation along with a sense of responsibility for ensuring the resource is sound. Keep Canada Fishing, is just one of the initiatives designed to inform anglers about opportunities for protecting their tradition and conserving fish stocks for future generations. Listen as Sarah explains some of the other national programs supported by the industry, and what some of the bigger emerging issues on the horizon might mean for our angling legacy.

Alaya Boisvert-Blue Dot Initiative

Blue Dot Environmental Bill of Rights

Alaya Boisvert, manager of government relations for the Blue Dot Initiative at the David Suzuki Foundation, joins Lawrence Gunther this week on Blue fish Radio to discuss how countries around the world – 110 in total to date – have adopted an environmental bill of rights. Blue Dot is a grass-roots initiative sweeping across Canada that has now led to over 150 Canadian municipalities doing the same. Included is a statement from David Suzuki proclaiming his own love for fishing salmon, and his concerns over current unsustainable commercial fishing practices in our oceans. Alaya puts forward a strong case for why Canada needs to adopt an environmental bill of rights to ensure a future that includes a healthy life-sustaining environment for all, and one that ensures future generations are able to engage in the tradition of fishing.


A Real Fishing Friendzy for Kids and Families

Michael Sklad and his family and friends have found a way to bring fishing to kids and families who might not otherwise have the opportunity or inclination to pursue fishing. Not only is it a collection of fun activities, but it’s informative and designed to pass on knowledge that will help ensure the future of fish and fishing.

Lake Athabaska shore

Reflections on Growing Up on the North Shore of Lake Athabasca

Terry Bachmeier fishing

Terry Bachmeier fishing


I met Terry Bachmeier at a screening of What Lies Below along with his son and grandson. The next day I received an email from Terry, a man in his early 70’s, telling me about growing up in Uranium City in northern Saskatchewan. I visited the community after it was abandoned, but Terry brings the town back to life as he relates his childhood experiences of helping to feed his 11 brothers and sisters through fishing and hunting, while gaining intimate knowledge of the surrounding wilderness and the dangers posed by the many uranium mines that blighted the landscape. It’s a beautiful but tragic story people need to hear this week on Blue fish Radio.


Ben Woo on Expanding the B1 BASS Tournament Series

Having fished the B1 Bass tournament series on many occasions, I was curious to learn more about Ben Woo’s expansion plans. One of the largest Bass tournaments in Canada is growing exponentially with events now planned for three locations across Quebec and Ontario. Live from the 2017 Toronto Sportsman Show, Ben Woo and his Conservation Director, Jason Barnucz, discuss what it takes to ensure the hundreds of Bass pursued, caught and weighed are returned back to their habitat in good health.


David Ullrich on Cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Proposed 97% White-house budget cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and 25% cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency have 125 mayors of cities along the shores of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence up in arms. Mr. David A. Ullrich, Executive Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative speaks about the important work undertaken to date to restore one of the world’s largest freshwater resources after a century of industrial destruction. Foreign fish species like Asian Carp are just waiting for us to drop our guard and gain access to the lakes, and Lamprey populations could easily rebound if mitigation efforts were to stop – all of which could spell disaster for the $7-billion annual commercial and sport fishery. With so much at stake, does it make sense to risk it all?

Lawrence, Lorne and John standing in front of a boat

Lorne Johnson on Balancing the Economy and the Environment

This week on Blue Fish Radio we seek evidence of the mystical scale journalists use to balance economic interests with environmental sustainability. Part two of our conversation with Lorne Johnson explores how Canadian business leaders are moving away from balancing such interests, and instead, adopting an ecological approach to business. We discuss the rise of electric cars, and just why the media keeps falling back on presenting stories using conflict. Lorne offers examples of how social media is helping to make ground-breaking businesses the next generation of world environmental leaders.


Atlantic Salmon Federation on Placentia Bay Aquaculture

The Atlantic Salmon Federation wants to know why Newfoundland’s Environment Minister took a pass on conducting an environmental review of the largest-ever salmon farm being proposed for Placentia Bay. More than 19 rivers that lead to the Bay are utilized by wild Atlantic Salmon – a species in this region already in trouble. The Federation would like a study conducted to determine the potential impacts of growing out 7-million salmon in a newly proposed open pen salmon rearing operation so people can make informed decisions, and isn’t that what balancing the economy with the environment is all about?


Lawrence, Lorne and John standing in front of a boat

Lorne Johnson on Funding Environmental Groups

In part one of this 2-part series, we hear from Lorne Johnson, one of Canada’s leading consultants serving private foundations. Lorne offers insights on the role forestry managers now play in ensuring the sustainable management of Canada’s largest renewable resource. We then discuss the role of environmental groups and their challenge in engaging the public to address climate change, and why such groups need to offer stronger economic rationale to elicit action. We discuss how humans became soft-wired to spot danger and react accordingly, and how such conditioning is responsible for our ability to respond to adversity. Last, Lorne walks us through the decision making process foundations go through when selecting organizations to fund.