Commercial fishing has been taking place on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in different forms for over 200 years. Find out how the Ontario Government is working to ensure current commercial fisheries are sustainable and economically viable. Meet some of the students that split their summer working aboard MNR research vessels and dissecting fish in labs.
Colin Lake from the Glenora Fisheries Station speaks with Lawrence Gunther about the challenges maintaining a balanced and vibrant ecosystem in Lake Ontario, and how Hamilton Harbour is being turned from an industrial victim back into a strong and diverse fishery. Come along for a tour of the Glenora Fishery Station’s 75-year old aquariums.
Colin Lake is a lead biologist with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and is in charge of programs run out of the Glenora Fisheries Station. Learn why Pacific salmon were introduced into Lake Ontario, and why the Bay of Quinte remains one of the greatest trophy Walleye fisheries in North America in spite of rising water temperatures.
Science and local knowledge is essential in determining how fish can be caught sustainably. Innovations led to the world’s sudden decline in fish stocks, and are now needed to return fishing to its once former source for sustainable food. Hear about what should and should not be taking place in our oceans, lakes an rivers, and how you can apply this knowledge to your own sustainable fish harvesting and consumption choices.
Dr. James Locascio from the Mote Aquarium is pioneering the application of acoustic monitoring to identify key fish habitat. Listen as James explains the importance of understanding the fit between fish and their habitat, the different forces that impact this relationship, and how his acoustic research is bringing a new awareness to these interactions. We also gain a greater understanding of how fish listen to us, and what Mote is doing in partnership with anglers to ensure the future of fish and fishing.
Kate Le Souef, manager of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up at the Vancouver Aquarium, speaks with Lawrence about the importance of engaging volunteers in positive actions as a way to start people along the path of stewardship. While the initiative has no plans to change, for many of its volunteers, the Clean-Up represents their first and now routine action taken to ensure Canada’s oceans, lakes and rivers are clean and safe to swim, drink and fish.
Vancouver Aquarium researchers believe it’s the micro plastics in our oceans that present the highest risk to animals and ourselves. They are working hard to understand our dependence on plastics and their impact on life. The Vancouver Aquarium founded the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up program, and is working even harder to educate citizens about the environmental impacts of our lifestyle choices.
Ocean Wise, a sustainable fish indicator now found in over 600 restaurant menus is leading the way on educating people about the sustainability of their food choices. Hear why the Vancouver Aquarium took a different approach to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, and why it’s their dream to see the program come to an end.
Lawrence tours the Vancouver Aquarium and gets hands-on with Orca jaws, egg purses and a variety of other interactive exhibits.
Purchasing only those wild fish stocks harvested sustainably was first trumpeted to consumers as an empowerment by the Monterey Bay Aquarium through their Seafood Watch Program. Now replicated throughout the world, Seafood Watch has done more to promote sustainable fishing than any other single initiative in the world. But, it didn’t happen over night, and there was resistance.