Taking a big picture approach is exactly what Christopher Bos and the Anglers Coalition is doing with their plans for introducing millions of Chinook salmon into the Pacific. Tired of watching their ecosystem slowly deteriorate due to a host of documented pressures, this group of concerned citizens is taking action. Their goal, to introduce enough salmon into the Pacific Ocean off the south end of Vancouver Island to ensure an ample supply of food for the three area Orca pods, J, K and L. They understand that if the apex predator in the system is doing well, then the entire ecosystem is strong. Listen to this week’s Blue fish Radio interview with the Coalition’s president, Christopher Bos, as we hear first-hand about their plans to bring about positive change.
We were able to produce 52 new Blue fish Radio episodes in 2016, and are planning another 52 for 2017. This season closer is a collection of sage advice provided by some of the greatest anglers I’ve had the privilege of knowing. It’s advice we all need to reflect on as its not normally what you read or hear on TV. It makes sense though.
SeaChoice is a completely independently funded sustainable sea food consumption advisory program designed to help retailers and consumers to make smart choices when purchasing seafood. Their economic independence means no added cost or beholding to producers, processors or retailers, and a free service for everyone involved with seafood from ship to plate. Listen as Kurtis Hayne, the Sustainable Seafood Market Analyst for SeaChoice, discusses how Canada is on the way to becoming 100% sustainable, but still has some serious heavy lifting ahead if we are going to get there before it’s too late for certain popular seafood choices that have yet to make it off of the “red” list of unsustainably harvested fish.
The goal is to return to sustainability of wild-capture fisheries so we can harvest wild grown food now and in the future. Knowing that we are getting what we buy also means ocean to plate trace-ability. Well, the Marine Stewardship Council says Canada is 2/3 of the way there. When you buy a product with the blue MSC label, you’re helping to protect the productivity and health of our oceans, and the livelihoods that depend upon them.
The Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto couldn’t be more centrally located and it’s just steps away from Lake Ontario. Out of respect for their regional fish, the exhibits start with a full complement of amazing fish specimens that call the Great Lakes home. Further along an things just get more exciting with glass tubes that pass under the marine exhibit holding all manner of marine animals – many of which are swimming directly overhead. Our goal in making this episode however, was to go behind the tanks and learn what it takes to keep an aquarium with 10-million liters of water and countless fish thriving.
Journalist Christopher Pollon and photographer Ben Nelms recently canoed the 93 km stretch of the Peace River soon to be submerged should British Columbia’s proposed Site C dam be built. Christopher speaks to Blue Fish Radio about the magnificent Bull Trout fishing, unique habitat, the people who live along its banks, and the economic and political drivers spurring on the dam’s construction. The one question no one can seem to answer, “Is it necessary”? Pick up your copy of Chris and Ben’s book, “The Peace in Peril: The Real Cost of the Site C Dam”, put out by Harbour Publishing.
Anastasia Lintner was hired by the Forum for Leadership on Water on behalf of 50 water activist organizations to draft recommended amendments to Canada’s Fisheries Act as part of the Department of Ocean and Fisheries consultation process. Lawrence and Anastasia discuss the importance of using protection zones prudently, the need to include both native and local voices and knowledge at decision making tables, why ministerial discretion needs to be transparent, and the importance of putting back safeguards that were removed from the Fisheries Act in 2012.
Luc Girard is one of those amazing committed anglers who spends just as much time engaged in stewarding the St. Lawrence River as he does chasing their elusive monster Musky. He recently caught a 56-inch Musky and many expert Musky anglers believe the river will eventually turn up the next world record.
Reno Viola co-founded and hosted both the Fish’n Canada TV and Outdoor Journal Radio shows. He was inducted along with his brother Angelo into the Canadian Sport fishing Hall of Fame in 2010, and has recently founded WRVO Network One, a 24-7 web streaming outdoor radio show. Reno speaks to Lawrence about the importance of being real, honest, and ready to take on the role of teacher when it comes to setting the right example for others.
As the Executive Director of Oceana Canada, Josh Laugrehn has a lot to say about the state of Canada’s commercial fisheries, and it’s not that much different than what was recently reported by the WWF. With the longest coastline in the world and a responsibility that includes 2.67 million square kilometers of ocean, this is serious business. We use to be the 7th greatest commercial fish harvester in the world, but we’ve slipped to 21st. Are we on our way back? Listen as Lawrence and Josh discuss progress, challenges and what we still need to see happen before Canada can hold it’s head high as a sustainable commercial fishing nation.