The U.S. and Canadian governments adopted a new Great Lakes water level management plan in December 2016 designed to create and sustain wetlands. After record rains this spring, the IJC is scrambling to explain what if any their new plan had to do with the flooding experienced on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence. This week on Blue fish Radio, Lawrence Gunther speaks with the IJC’s Engineer Advisor, David Fay, about the plan and what was tried to moderate the flooding.
Lake Ontario” Waterkeeper Mark Mattson is concerned over the increasing plastics found in the lake and what it means for fish health. In addition to fighting this growing blight, Mattson is busy promoting The water mark project responsible for gathering local knowledge in the form of people’s personal water stories, and the “Swim drink fish” initiative that includes the swim guide, an app for mobile devices to give real time updates on water quality for over 8,000 beaches around the world. This week on Blue Fish Radio Mark speaks with Lawrence about these and other projects underway designed to reconnect people with their water in positive ways, and how such personal connections are essential if we are to ensure the future sustainability of our rivers and lakes.
The Osgoode Township Fish, Game and Conservation Club is a charter organization of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and operates within the city limits of Canada’s capital Ottawa. Blue Fish Radio interviews the club’s President, Barry Lancaster, to learn how a number of small outdoor clubs band together to fight for their right to fish and hunt traditional lands that suddenly were amalgamated under the newly expanded City of Ottawa. Not only is this club thriving, but it’s proactively working with youth and partner organizations to promote an appreciation and the conservation of the outdoors.
Robert Lennox is a PhD candidate at Carleton University and recently co-authored the report, “What Makes a Fish Catchable by Hook and Line”. Roberts this week’s guest on Blue Fish Radio because, who doesn’t want to know why fish aren’t biting. Lawrence and Robert discuss the origins of hooks and lines, and their various applications to recreational, commercial and subsistence fishing. The predator – prey dynamic is discussed, how fish move between vulnerability and invulnerability, and how certain fish learn to avoid capture. Of importance to us all, is the research Robert hopes to do next to create a stronger understanding about how hook and line fishing can increase catch efficiency and selectivity to improve the sustainability of our commercial fisheries.
Mike Miller, Host of Angler and Hunter TV, is this week’s guest on Blue Fish Radio. Mike reveals how his commitment to conservation started early, and what led him to pursue a career in the outdoors, from a tournament pro, to co-hosting “Fishing Canada TV”, and now host of his own show, “Angler and Hunter Television”. Mike reflects on the link between people and nature, and why we need to stay connected to the circle of life by respecting and participating in nature’s cycles. Turns out, both Mike and Lawrence have more than fishing in common, they’re both passionate about hunting Bear.
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.
This 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, 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.
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.
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.