The following multi-part news coverage includes three components intended to inform the public about the impacts on fish health of toxins in Canada’s water
Reviews of Lawrence’s documentary What Lies Below
The following links to an article I wrote for the spring 2016 issue of Outdoor Canada Magazine. It addresses how aquariums are actively ensuring the future of both fish and fishing. Not only do they support fishing, but they depend on anglers and fishers to collect important data, make observations, volunteer for various initiatives, and implement their tools and research trials.
To link to the Blue Fish Radio special on Aquariums of North America please visit www.bluefishradio.com
CBC Radio One asked if I would talk about fishing the morning of the family free fishing day in Ontario. The following is the audio recording from the In Town and Out episode that aired the morning of July 2, 2016.
The interview was recorded along the shore of the Rideau River, a favorite place for Moby and I to go and very near our home.
I think this producer / radio host really got what I’m trying to get across to the public, which is sustainable fishing. The message is a positive one and really shows anglers as ready and willing to approach their sport in an ethical way – one that’s respectful of the resource, and one that will help ensure the practice of fishing and harvesting wild fish will continue for many future generations.
Accessible Media Inc. broadcasts over cable TV and satellite into over 5-million Canadian households. Andrew Morris, one of AMI’s young innovative producers, contacted me and asked if I would film a series of 2-4 minute TV interstitials for AMI TV. Interstitials are like commercials in that they are played between regular program offerings, but different in that they are primarily for conveying information and not to sell. I agreed, and came up with 20 possible options. We settled on 14.
Over a period of six days I filmed 14 Feel the Bite interstitials – often as many as three in a day. Each interstitial includes me and my guide dog Moby exploring a different way of fishing for a variety of fish species, and conveying general information about fish, their biology and habitat, and environmental pressures that are impacting on their viability. We also included stewardship tips.
The interstitials are now available for your viewing pleasure via YouTube. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did doing the researching, writing and filming. Visit www.LawrenceGunther.com to access the shows directly, or search on YouTube.
Some time ago I made the decision to let others take the credit for bringing Blue Fish Radio to the listening audience. I realized that while I could research, organize, record and edit each episode, there were others out there who could do a much better job at promoting the show. These broadcast channels include:
WRVO Reno Viola Outdoor Radio
WRVO is a 24-7-365 web streaming service that features over 35 independent producers that all have the outdoors in common. Reno Viola himself has a show. The service can be found on most I-Tune and other podcast internet delivery channels such as Tune in Radio. Blue Fish is repeated four times each week to around 10,000 listeners. For more information about WRVO please visit:
Accessible Media Inc. Audio
AMI Audio broadcasts over cable TV, XM-Sirius, I-Tunes and the web to over 5-million Canadian households and numerous other on-line listeners. They also transcribe Blue Fish Radio episodes for the deaf, and make available the audio programming through a special on-line audio player designed specifically for the blind. Blue Fish can be heard four times each week on AMI Audio. For more information please visit:
Outdoor Canada Magazine
Outdoor Canada Magazine is Canada’s premier national magazine with a focus on fishing, hunting and conservation. The magazine also operates a popular on-line forum, on-line magazine, and is big into social media. Every two weeks Outdoor Canada features a Blue Fish Radio episode on their website, Facebook page and to over 40,000 Twitter followers, that on average gets re-Tweeted to 100,000 followers. For more information about Outdoor Canada Magazine please visit:
Spreaker.com is the on-line streaming site where all Blue Fish Radio episodes are housed. You can download the episodes as MP3 files, stream live, or establish player links on your own website to individual episodes. More details or episodes can be found at:
iTunes now features the Blue Fish Radio Show. It’s in Apple format, but the HumanWare Stream portable player has no trouble downloading episodes.
Blue Fish Radio is fortunate to be sponsored by a number of quality companies. It’s with their support that I’m able to produce Blue Fish Radio. A complete list of sponsors can be found at:
As the host, it’s my honor and privilege to speak and often meet with many of the brightest minds in the field of sustainable fishing, and fish and water science. I try to bring my own experience and expertise to play during each interview, and my goal is to not get too detailed on any one subject since additional details can always be found on the internet. Rather, I try to keep each interview moving forward and diverse so that it’s both informative and entertaining. For more about me please visit:
www.BlueFishRadio.com is where you can access the latest shows, go back through the archives, and download MP3 files for your listening pleasure. Descriptions of each episode are provided along with helpful links.
A 24-hour rain delay didn’t stop 48 members of the 12th Ottawa Girl Guides ranging in age from 5-16 from taking part in a shoreline fishing event I organized with the support of the Ottawa Valley South Bass Masters. The girls were equipped with rods, floats and tiny jigs, and were taught the fishing basics by 12 fellow Bass Master club members.
The bite was hot and it didn’t take long to go through Five boxes of 18 large worms. All manner of panfish were caught and released along with a half-dozen or so catfish. It may have lasted 1.5 hours , but plenty long enough for each and every girl to catch fish — many a half dozen or so each.
I led a short Q/A session at the end that was quite lively with the girls sharing their experiences and observations. Club members Tony and Julie Morin organized a prize table that included five rod-reel combos, three tackle packs and a bunch of hats. Each girl also left with a pack of miniature tube jigs and an original Eagle Claw cork float.
Thanks go out to the Ottawa Bass Masters for making this event a success, and to the Dows Lake Pavilion for the use of their shoreline and discounted parking passes.
Part of my role as the Conservation Director for the Ottawa Valley South Bass Masters club is to find ways to pass on knowledge to others on fishing sustainably. What better way to accomplish this than to bring 38 Girl Guides ranging in age from 5 to 17 shore fishing after school.
Management at the Dows Lake Pavilion generously offered up a sizeable discount on the parking next to their facility located on the shores of a small inner city lake, which was formed as a result of the creation of the Rideau Canal system. Sail outdoors offered up the worms, and a dozen OVSBM club members volunteered their time, expertise and a half dozen or so fishing rods each. Species being targeted were panfish, and the technique was float fishing.
Fishing was fast and furious. Each and every girl caught at least one fish, with most catching five or more. 100 night crawlers divided into quarters lasted just long enough – we just had enough.
Mid-way through the event we took a short break from the fishing so we could cover off the instructional component of the evening. I provided a short presentation on the type of fish we were catching and where they fit into the ecosystem. Tips on fish handling were given, and then I turned it over to Julie Charen, a competitive well sponsored member of our club. Julie entertained and informed the girls with stories and explanations of the various types of fishing gear and techniques she uses to catch fish, and provided demonstrations and samples to make the presentation that much more engaging.
The evening fish was the last event of the year for the Girl Guides, and when the parents showed up around 8: p.m. to take them home, it was interesting to hear just how many girls were able to astonish their parents with their impressive catch reports. I have no doubt a number of those parents will be picking up fishing supplies this summer to satisfy their daughter’s requests to go fishing.
A big thanks to Sandra Kuchta and the rest of the Girl Guide leaders for facilitating things at their end. The girls were just a pleasure to fish with. Their enthusiasm for the sport was truly impressive.
Following the evening news on CTV there’s a segment called “Amazing People” hosted by Kimothy Walker. Candidates are nominated by the viewing audience. Kimothy and her producer then select stories of people they think might inspire others. In February a formal celebration dinner is hosted by CTV at which time the top amazing person of the year is named.
I was both surprised and fortunate to have been nominated and selected as a CTV Amazing Person. The following link will take you to the segment produced by Kimothy and her crew at CTV, filmed on a lake not far from Ottawa:
The past couple months were nuts as usual, but thankfully outdoor show season is coming to an end.
My presentations have ranged from speaking about the different senses fish use to find food, to Minn Kota’s I-Pilot technology.
When you have the privilege of sharing booth space with a Ranger Fisherman 619 and HobieCat’s new 12’ Pro Angler kayak, you can feel pretty confident that you have some of the best eye-candy at the show. My new guide dog Moby did great filling in old Maestro’s big Mutluks too.
With open water around the corner there is still much planning, organizing, preparing and doing ahead. Blind Fishing Kayak Tournament, Blind Fishing Adventure, Girl Guide Fishing Adventure, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre Blind Fishing Program, St. Lawrence River Institute Conference Presentation, ump-teen fishing tournaments, and so much more…