BFC’s charitable activities further freshwater and marine environment restoration, preservation and conservation, and the promotion of sustainable traditional fish stock management practices. Policies and programs are researched, developed and implemented to restore and conserve freshwater and marine ecosystems and wild fish stocks, and to mitigate the direct and indirect negative impacts of humans. BFC collects and facilitates access to traditional local knowledge and recognized community leaders, details of proven community strategies, policies and regulations, useful scientific data, and emerging trends that support healthy freshwater and marine ecosystems and sustainable fishing practices.
BFC engages in outreach initiatives to support communities to protect, conserve and restore their freshwater and marine environments and wild fish stocks. Freshwater and marine habitat restoration work by BFC’s local volunteers includes shore-line restoration, spawning bed development and fish habitat creation. Lessons learned and best fishing practices are passed on to promote sound fish management strategies. Local volunteers and representatives of BFC also take part in municipal land use planning exercises and freshwater and marine ecosystem and fish sustainability management conferences.
BFC works together in collaboration with other stakeholders at the local, regional and national level to develop sound policies and programs, and to identify priority issues. Regional activities include regional freshwater and marine environment restoration, preservation and conservation, scientific research and educational programming, and the promotion of sustainable traditional water and fish stock management practices.
At the national level BFC undertakes broad activities with respect to land and water use, and fisheries management. Activities include collaborating on fisheries policy development and providing input on land use decisions, the acquisition of good scientific research to inform freshwater and marine environment management approaches, and the development of policies and educational materials and programs.
BFC develops and communicates sound policies and proven projects to assist those in all parts of Canada who are facing challenges to their freshwater and marine ecosystems and wild fish stocks. A variety of internet collaboration, training and information-sharing processes ensure strong two-way communications. BFC facilitates access to a variety of communication and knowledge management tools including distribution of conservation news releases, multi-media content featuring environmental issues and grassroots success stories, draft action plans detailing strategies for sustainable freshwater and marine ecosystem and wild fish stock management, and search conferences featuring local knowledge, scientific reports and stakeholder participation.