Ottawa – June 2015: Blue Fish Canada in partnership with Ottawa Riverkeeper has organized a 24-hour fish-a-thon to take place June 25-26 on the Ottawa River to showcase the tremendous variety of fish species (over 85) that call the river home.

Release1“It’s our intention to raise public awareness of the incredible diversity of the Ottawa River’s rich aquatic ecosystem that exists right at our doorstep,” states Meredith Brown, Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Ottawa Riverkeeper.

Special guests will be joining Lawrence Gunther to catch and release fish species including: Northern Pike, Muskellunge, Walleye, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Catfish, Drumb, Carp, Gar, Perch and all manner of panfish.

Release2“The Ottawa River is an amazing fishery”, says Lawrence Gunther, President of Blue Fish Canada, “no other capital city in the world has the numbers and variety of fish found in the Ottawa River.”

Members of the media are invited to join Lawrence or observe the action directly from a second media boat. Live updates will be published in real-time on Facebook (Ottawa.riverkeeper, Lawrence Gunther), Instagram and Twitter (@ottriverkeeper and lawrencegunther). Lawrence and his guests will be fishing aboard a 20-foot multi species fishing boat provided by Orleans Boat World and Sports.

The event will be staged out of Ozile’s Marina located at 1009 Trim Road Orleans (Ottawa), and will begin at 8am on Thursday June 25th and end on Friday 8am June 26th.

A Q&A session with Media is scheduled for Friday June 26th from 8AM to 10AM at Ozile’s Marina.

Special guests include:
John Anderson from the Ottawa River Musky Factory: www.ottawarivermuskyfactory.com
Rob Jackson from RJ and Birdy Outdoors: www.rjnbirdeesoutdooradventures.ca
Yvonne Brown from Fishing 101 for Women: www.fishing101forwomen.ca
Yanick Loranger from Ottawa River Guided Adventures: www.ottawariverfishing.ca
Nigel Touhy Winner of the 2014 Ottawa River Shootout Classic

Schedule
24-Hour Fish-a-thon / Ottawa River
June 25-26, 2015

Time / Date
Location
Guests
7:00-8:00 a.m.
Thurs June 25
Oziles Marine John Anderson and Hallie Cotnam
8:00-11:30 a.m.
Thurs June 25
ON the Water John Anderson and Hallie Cotnam
11:30-12:00 a.m.
Thurs June 25
Oziles Marine Rob Jackson and special guest
12:00-3:00 p.m.
Thurs June 25
ON the Water Rob Jackson and special guest
3:00-3:30 p.m.
Thurs June 25
Oziles Marine Yvonne  and Meredith Brown
3:30-6:00 p.m.
Thurs June 25
ON the Water Yvonne and Meredith Brown
6:00-6:30 p.m.
Thurs June 25
Oziles Marine Yannick Loranger and surprise guest
6:30-12:00 p.m.
Thurs June 25
ON the Water Yannick Loranger and surprise guest
12:00-5:00 a.m.
Fri June 26
ON the Water Lawrence Gunther
5:00-5:30 a.m.
Fri June 26
Oziles Marine Nigel Toui and Sarah Freemark
5:30 to 8:00 a.m.
Fri June 26
ON the Water Nigel Toui and Sarah Freemark
8:00-10:00 a.m.
Fri June 26
Oziles Marine On-shore media interviews

For more information contact:

Meredith Brown
Riverkeeper and Executive Director, Ottawa Riverkeeper
Office: (613) 321-1120
Mobile: (613) 864-7442
Email: keeper@ottawariverkeeper.ca

Lawrence Gunther
President, Blue Fish Canada
Telephone: (613) 298-3028
Email: bluefishcan@gmail.com
Web: www.bluefishcanada.ca


Toronto, ON – Two volunteers from Blue Fish Canada traveled to Toronto to take part in the People in Motion Show over two days at the end of May. Show management generously donated a 20×20 space and arranged for media coverage.

In addition to distributing stewardship guides and shoreline clean-up kits, two 30-minute presentations were given on stage by Lawrence Gunther on the importance of fish and how they can change our lives. Toronto’s City TV also interviewed Lawrence which aired on the 6: p.m. news on Friday evening for 2.5 minutes. Volunteers slept in the camper in the Toronto Exhibition Place parking lot.

Two volunteers from BFC traveled to Cornwall Ontario to take part in the annual public open house event organized by the St. Lawrence River Institute for Environmental Science. Several presentations were taken in and exhibits from a number of organizations were visited.

Blue Fish Canada took part in the Ottawa Boat and Sportsman Show over four days in February. Show organizers donated a 10×10 space and media coverage. Blue Fish was co-located in the Anglers’ Village as one of six fishing related membership organizations. ATV interviewed Lawrence Gunther live on opening day, and Lawrence presented on stage on the topic of ten tips to being a steward of your favourite fishing hole. Shoreline clean-up kits, Stewardship Guides, 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. Show organizers donated a prime 20X5 space for the exhibit. Over the four day show over 1,000 shoreline clean-up kits were distributed along with Blue Fish Canada stewardship training material. Dinners each night were generously provided by Gary Morrisby of Four Wheel Campers Canada.

 

For the second year in a row 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 that earned just over $1,400.

Walter Ostar of the Canadian National Sportsman Show Conservation Fund generously agreed to donate $1,000 to Blue Fish Canada to support the printing of the new stewardship guide, “How to be a Steward of Your Favourite Fishing Hole”. The guide is intended to teach fishers and others interested in aquatic ecosystems or who have property bordering such systems how to ensure the sustainability of fish and the quality of the water. The guide will be distributed free of charge at shows and events.

 

Over a period of two days Lawrence Gunther took part in the Living Water Rally in Almyr Quebec. Lawrence represented Blue Fish Canada in the planning of the event, was the MC at one of the pannel presentations, and provided input during the closing discussions that led to the drafting of an action statement. The Fresh Water Alliance had selected Blue Fish Canada as a grant recipient earlier in the year. The goal of Blue Fish Canada was to ensure healthy and sustainable fishing was included as a shared objective in the Rally’s final statement.

Following is the statement:

OTTAWA, ON (October 6, 2014)—The following statement is issued by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, a project of Tides Canada, and organizer of Living Waters Rally 2014, a biennial gathering of Canada’s freshwater leaders October 3-6 in Ottawa/Gatineau:

Canada’s waters are suffering. Lakes are choked by algae blooms. Rivers are overflowing their banks, with others dangerously close to drying up. Drinking water supplies are compromised. Struggling fish populations are often unfit for consumption.

Healthy, living waters are essential to the health and prosperity of our communities and the survival of all species. We are blessed in Canada to still have some of the world’s most pristine waters and thus a global obligation to protect them and to restore those waters that are suffering—before it’s too late.

This past weekend, 110 delegates of Living Waters Rally 2014—representing recreational, indigenous, cottage association, faith, philanthropic, environmental, business, academic, and arts and culture groups from across Canada—came together to discuss the future of Canada’s freshwaters.

The people of Canada deserve to know the health of their home waters and that many are increasingly at risk and need to be able to know which ones are healthy. We need regular, independent public assessment of and reporting on the health of our waters.

Protecting and restoring the health of our waters will require leadership. Canada needs a legal and policy framework that sets a high standard of accountability and transparency.

Indigenous peoples, including First Nations, live in harmony with nature and place a spiritual and sacred value on water and have rights to maintain and strengthen their relationships with traditionally occupied lands and waters pursuant to treaties, aboriginal title and aboriginal rights. Hence, indigenous peoples engage in the movement to protect our waters.

We invite many more people and organizations to be engaged in the protection and restoration of Canada’s freshwater. We will build and strengthen the water movement to ensure that all our waters are in good health—swimmable, drinkable and fishable.

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.