Blue Fish Canada was invited to set up a table at the registration event for the Ontario Bass Nation provincial qualifier. Over 180 competitors received shoreline clean-up kits and information about Blue Fish Canada in their registration kits. Competitors also had the opportunity to meet with BFC volunteers at the event and to hear a short presentation given by Lawrence Gunther on the work being undertaken by Blue Fish Canada.
Two volunteers took part in the International Musky Symposium taking place out of Carleton University in Ottawa. Representatives from around the world came to Ottawa to attend this event. Numerous public speakers presented on their research. Lawrence Gunther had the opportunity to present questions to several of the presenters on matters specific to catch-and-release Musky sport fishing.
Two volunteers from Blue Fish Canada traveled to Toronto to take part in the People in Motion Show over two days in early June 2014. Show management generously donated a 10×10 space and arranged for media coverage. In addition to distributing information on Blue Fish Canada and shoreline clean-up kits, a 30-minute presentation was given on stage by Lawrence Gunther on the importance of fish stewardship. Rogers TV filmed Lawrence over 8 minutes talking about fish stewardship and the work of Blue Fish Canada , and this later ran ten times throughout the summer of 2014. Volunteers slept in the camper in the Toronto Exhibition Place parking lot.
Blue Fish Canada took part in the Ottawa Boat and Sportsman Show over four days in February 2014. Show organizers donated a 10×10 space and media coverage. ATV interviewed Lawrence Gunther live on opening day, and Lawrence presented on stage on the topic of fish stewardship. Shoreline clean-up kits and information about Blue Fish Canada was distributed.
Two volunteers from Blue Fish Canada traveled to Toronto to take part in the Toronto Sportsman Show the first week of February 2014. Show organizers donated a 10X10 space for the exhibit. Over the four day show, 1,000 shoreline clean-up kits were distributed along with Blue Fish Canada background materials. Accommodations were provided by family members of Lawrence Gunther.
The Petrie Island Fishermans’ Association donated their proceeds from their annual ice fishing derby to Blue Fish Canada. A volunteer with Blue Fish attended the closing awards event and spoke about what the funds would be used for and offered thanks for the generous donation of just over $1,400.
Two volunteers traveled to Toronto to attend the 2014 induction ceremony for the Canadian Sport Fishing Hall of Fame. Tickets for the event were generously donated by Andrew Polata of the Canadian Sport Fishing League. Accommodations were provided by family members of Lawrence Gunther.
CTV television Ottawa recognized Lawrence Gunther as one of the top-ten most amazing people of 2013. The recognition is for the work Lawrence has undertaken to educate people about the importance of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems. The recognition included attending a special gala dinner, and an interview on the water that was broadcast on CTV television.
Blue Fish Canada was awarded a $2,500 grant to be used for organizational development. Along with the grant, Blue Fish Canada volunteers were invited to participate in a number of organization development seminars at no cost — five in total.
Lawrence Gunther of Blue Fish Canada provided the 100 members of Musky Canada’s Ottawa Chapter with a 30-minute presentation on the importance of fish stewardship.