Frank Kuiack has been a fishing guide in Ontario’s Algonquin Park for over seven decades and has seen more than his fair-share of change and hardship. He’s a big fan of the Splake hybrid fish that now dominates the stocking process. Listen as Frank shares his observations that he believes offers proof positive that climate change is real. Frank also reveals the name of his favorite lake.
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.
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.
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.
Ensuring our seafood is harvested in a sustainable way is up to us all. In this episode of Blue Fish Radio Lawrence Gunther walks us through the roles of the many different stakeholders and players that are working hard to improve the sustainability of our seafood fisheries, and offers guidance on what each of us can do to play a part in realizing the goal of sustainable wild fish stocks in our oceans.