All youth deserve to experience days with clouds and tree tops overhead instead of ceilings, to be hemmed in by bush and shorelines instead of walls, and to traverse forest trails and gravel river beds instead of sidewalks. To master hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, and the capture and harvest of wild food. To spend a day getting dirty, wet, cold and smelly, and then arrive home exhausted but happy. In short, to be reminded of our dependence on the sea, sun, water and earth that make up the only planet we know that can sustain life. The challenge we now face is to teach skills that facilitate the safe and enjoyable pursuit of outdoor sports, while at the same time, passing along knowledge needed to pursue such sports sustainably.
We are undergoing a transformation in how we view nature’s bounty. No longer can we assume the resource is infinite. While aboriginal people teach us the importance of being connected to nature through harvesting its bounty and that maintaining this connection is essential, given advances in technologies and the expected 9-billion people who will soon inhabit earth, traditional knowledge alone will not ensure the sustainability of our wild resources.
Blue Fish is committed to sharing sound local knowledge and the latest in proven science. Our programs convey information crucial for the sustainable capture and selective harvest of wild food. Using videos, podcasts, blogs, TV, film, seminars, articles and direct engagement, Blue Fish transfers knowledge to both those who already identify as serious outdoors people, and to those looking to carry forward or begin new outdoor traditions.
Blue Fish programs promote responsible exploration and enjoyment of the profound beauty and remarkable bounty nature has provided unreservedly since the beginning of time, and only recently has set conditions that are incumbent on us to discern and incorporate into our interactions with nature.