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Blue Fish News – Special Edition

In this special election edition of the Blue Fish Canada News, we begin with Ten Blue Fish Canada Fish Health Election Questions anglers should be asking their local federal candidates. As always, we include a specially curated list of summaries and links to timely fishing, fish health, water quality and other news. We close with more on the federal election with several spotlight guest resources to inform and engage our readers.

Ten Blue Fish Canada Fish Health Election Questions:

As a registered Canadian charity dedicated to fish health, water quality, and the future of sustainable recreational fishing, Blue Fish Canada has consulted with over 100 of its Angler Experts and science advisors from across Canada to draft the below ten fish health questions for Canadian voters to ask their local federal election candidates. With so many election issues that touch on recreational fishing and the fish we love, it’s more important than ever to ensure local candidates are aware of these issues and are able to provide meaningful answers. Please feel free to share the Ten Fish Health Election Questions and responses from your federal candidates with others using the hash tag #FishHealth2021. Link to the PDF version of the Ten Fish Health Election Questions.

Ten Fish Health Election Questions / Blue Fish Canada

  1. Responsible fishery management is vital to ensuring wild fish species are sustainable and thriving for generations to come. How will your government ensure all fisheries (commercial, moderate livelihood, “food social and ceremonial”, and recreational) are: managed using science-based precautionary principles; enhanced using marked hatchery fish when necessary; and protected by reducing illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing?
  2. Recreational fishing is a key contributor to the social and economic sustainability of many communities and regions across Canada and is a positive influence on the mental welfare of anglers. At the same time, angling organizations across Canada have dedicated significant human and financial stewardship resources to conserve the fish upon which they depend. How will your party recognize this interdependence, and what supports will be made available to ensure the fish and the communities who depend on them are sustained for generations to come?
  3. Water quality remains a crucial issue with respect to both fish health and the safe consumption of fish by people and other life forms. How will your party ensure that both emerging and mutual chemicals of concern are identified, acknowledged, and addressed in a timely manner, with the goal of eliminating the need to issue fish consumption advisories? What steps will be taken to update water quality regulations and strengthen their enforcement?
  4. Defending and rebuilding wild fish stocks under Canada’s modernized Fisheries Act means developing and implementing official recovery plans for endangered wild fish populations. How will your party address the shortfall of recovery plans called for since the law came into effect two years ago?
  5. Canada has committed to protect 30% of its oceans, land, and freshwater by the year 2030. What steps will your party take to ensure recreational fishing communities are included in the iteration, selection and implementation of these protected areas, and will you commit to using science-based precautionary principles when considering the application of protective measures specific to all forms of fishing?
  6. In the name of reconciliation and self governance, Canada is moving forward on establishing “indigenous protected and conserved areas”. What steps will your party take to ensure the interests of recreational fishing communities are included in negotiating the transfer of responsibility for these crown lands back to First Nations?
  7. Commercial, moderate livelihood, “food social and ceremonial”, and recreational fishing often share a common interest in the same fish. How will your party ensure recreational fishing communities are included in negotiating equitable access to these fish?
  8. Changes to earth’s climate are impacting fish health through warming water temperatures, alterations to seasons, more extreme weather, and the shifting north of fish and other aquatic and marine life. Given that Canadians produce more greenhouse gas emissions per person than any other G20 economy, how does your party propose to improve the resilience of Canada’s wild fish species while mitigating climate change?
  9. Under the Fisheries Act, the federal government must consider cumulative impacts to fish habitat such as Orphan dams, obsolete flood control structures, and the loss of coastal and shoreline wetlands. Given that federal, provincial, territorial, and now many First Nations share responsibility for fish habitat protection and restoration, how will your party ensure the local knowledge of recreational anglers is reflected in decisions taken to protect and restore fish habitat?
  10. Open-pen aquatic farms are recognized globally as contributing to the spread of harmful viruses and parasites to wild fish. What is your plan and timeline to move open-pen aquaculture operations on to land, and what steps will be taken to ensure the industry sources feed that is sustainable, and respects the welfare of farmed fish?

More about Blue Fish Canada’s mandate and programs with President Lawrence Gunther

Blue Fish Canada 2021 Priorities

You know about the work of the charity Blue Fish Canada. There is a good chance you have even benefited personally, if not indirectly. We are not finished – there is still more work to do.

Urban Fishing Access: With your support we will be able to move to the next phase of our Urban Fishing Initiative. This includes consulting with stakeholders over what an urban fishing node should include, and selecting urban fishing sites to be enhanced. It also includes monitoring development and documenting the process to share with urban communities across Canada. Donate to Blue Fish Canada today so urban youth have access to quality urban fishing locations to ensure they too can form a personal bond with nature.

Fish Health: Blue Fish Canada has already conducted extensive stakeholder consultations, and has established the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Fish Health Network. Ensuring fish health is a priority when government’s develop water quality programs and policies is the next step. Your support is needed for Blue Fish Canada to ensure the voice of anglers is represented when decisions are taken about the $8-billion Great Lakes recreational fishery – please donate today.

Youth Engagement: Blue Fish Canada continues to partner with organizations such as aquariums, riverkeepers, Earth Rangers and others to inform and inspire youth to learn to fish. Please donate today so Blue Fish Canada can continue to Deliver quality science-based multi-media content showcasing angling best practices.

Citizen Science: angler apps are playing an increasingly prominent role in supporting fish health research, conducting sustainable competitive tournament fishing events, and could someday be used to manage recreational fishing pressure. Blue Fish Canada requires your support to continue to Promote the use of quality fishing apps that reflect Canada’s diversity and geography, and to monitor angler access if such apps should evolve into a regulatory tool. Watch for an article in the next edition of Outdoor Canada on this topic penned by Blue Fish President Lawrence Gunther.

Stewardship: Last but certainly not least are our flagship communication tools The Blue Fish Radio Show, the Blue Fish News, and our Blue Fish Stewardship Tips. We know how much these resources mean to you to keep informed about recreational fishing and fish health issues and best practices. Maintaining these resources is only possible with your donations.

Donate: Please make a one-time donation or sign up for a monthly donation plan of $5, $10 or You’re your support is essential to ensuring the voice of anglers is respected as stewards of the resource. Please donate today.

Yours Truly,
Lawrence Gunther Euteneier M.E.S. M.S.M.
President Blue Fish Canada
Twitter: @BlueFishnews

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