There are five species of Sawfish around the world, and all are now considered endangered. Only the Smalltooth Sawfish can still be found along Florida’s coastlines and backcountry, but don’t let their name fool you. The Smalltooth Sawfish measures up to five meters in length, can weigh as much as 400 kilos, and it’s bill or rostrum can measure over a meter in length. We may have turned the corner on the Smalltooth’s demise, but there’s still work to do to ensure the full recovery of these apex predators. Listen this week on Blue fish Radio as we speak with Adam Brame of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and Coordinator of the Sawfish recovery program. For more information about the Sawfish recovery program visit:
To report a smalltooth sawfish encounter call 1-844-4SAWFISH or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can point to a wide range of issues impacting wild salmon stocks along Canada’s west coast and beyond, and in many ways we all shoulder the blame. Restoring wild salmon stocks is also going to take a group effort, says Greg Knox, CEO of the Skeena Wild Conservation Trust. And yet, Gitxsan First nations chiefs have taken a different approach and are now demanding all forms of salmon fishing be shut down throughout the Skeena watershed as a conservation measure with one exception, their own. This week on Blue Fish Radio we discuss why a group conservation effort is in the best long-term interests of the Skeena, its wildlife and the various communities that consider the Skeena home.
Frank Sargeant is an outdoor writer with numerous awards, and currently serves as the Editor of the daily “Fishing Wire” news letter. He recently wrote a three-part editorial on climate change. It’s a well-balanced no-nonsense call to action that everyone in the outdoor industry and who considers themselves to be an outdoor enthusiast needs to read. Link to hear Frank Sargent and Lawrence Gunther explore why more such call to actions are needed this week on Blue fish Radio.
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Courtney Quirin is a documentary filmmaker and journalist who has worked in New Zealand, Ethiopia, and now Canada where she just filmed her second documentary. Her new film “Guardian” reveals the life and dedication of those who choose to spend their lives following and counting wild salmon on behalf of Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Their love of wild salmon and willingness to endure prolonged hardship is impressive, but what have they learned after spending decades in some of the most remote corners of British Columbia? Link to hear Courtney discuss her experience living with Guardians this week on Blue Fish Radio. For more about Guardians, The Documentary, link here:
To stream Courtney’s earlier film featuring West Coast Salmon Fishers link here:
Red tides and blue-green algae outbreaks are wreaking havoc along hundreds of miles of Florida’s coastlines and killing marine life. Some causes may be natural, but human actions and climate change are contributing to what many consider to be the worst fish kills Florida has ever experienced.
Link to hear Brett Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Angler Action Foundation, describe the true extent of Florida’s ecological crisis and how anglers are responding this week on Blue Fish Radio.
To learn more about what’s behind Florida’s ecological crisis visit:
For more about Florida’s Angler Action Foundation and the I-Fish App, link to:
This week on Blue Fish Radio more on BC’s struggling Rainbow populations with Ph.D candidate Andrew Kadykalo. Andrews research includes understanding the decision-making/governance of rainbow trout fisheries in B.C. He’s spending his summer interviewing government employees and other key stakeholders, and shares with us the struggles he’s discovering re: modern fisheries management. Link here to hear Andrew and Lawrence Gunther discuss why Rainbow populations are experiencing what many are calling a modern day “train wreck”. For more about Andrew and his work visit: YESS - Young Ecosystem Services Specialists
Sir Sandford Fleming College is ground zero for anyone in Ontario looking to start a career in resource management and enforcement. Today’s guest on Blue Fish Radio is the College’s new Vice President of Academia Dr. Tom Weegar. Listen as Dr Weegar highlights the many exciting developments and career opportunities that make Fleming College a leader in their field this week on Blue fish Radio.
David Stibbe, a local educator and founder of Ottawa City Rafting, is expanding with his launch of the non-profit organization River Rangers. With partners like Ottawa River Keeper and Water Rangers, he plans to introduce youth to the history and ecology of rivers, and with assistance from Blue Fish Canada, fish and fishing as well. Link to Blue Fish Radio to hear David Stibbe and Lawrence Gunther discuss the origins and mission of River Rangers. For more about River Rangers, link here:
Dr. Trevor Pitcher is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research located at the University of Windsor, and the man behind the brand new Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre. Thanks to the work being undertaken by these centers of research, many of the original native Great lakes fish species are on the rebound.
Link here to learn which fish species were the first, what species followed, and how fish recovery is being helped this week on Blue fish Radio.
To learn more about the research Dr. Pitcher and his colleagues are working on visit:
PhD candidate Amanda Jeanson at Carleton University’s “Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology” program, part of the Cooke Lab, is in BC to find out why their inland recreational rainbow trout fisheries are in decline. Her focus is the Thompson and Chilcotin river systems.
Amanda’s research has implications for fisheries management and policy development. It’s all part of a larger research project called "Sustaining freshwater recreational fisheries in a changing environment" based out of UBC and funded by Genome Canada and Genome BC.
Listen this week on Blue Fish Radio as Amanda discusses the importance of building a community when conducting research with anglers, and how this includes a continuous relationship and contact, not a one-time interview. To reach Amanda’s re: her citizen science research visit the Anglers Atlas website at:
To link to the Cooke’s Lab online angler survey visit:
Sean Simmons is the Founder of Anglers Atlas and has a passion and admiration for citizen science as undertaken by Canada’s top recreational anglers. This week on Blue fish Radio Sean explains how he manages to provide anglers with free access to over 250,000 bathamatric maps of Canada in exchange for data collected from citizen scientists about their favorite fishing locations. The data establishes valuable baseline benchmarks about freshwater fish stocks, and will help inform on-going research intended to ensure the future of Canada’s recreational fisheries.
Link to hear Lawrence and Sean discuss the founding and future of the Angler Atlas downloadable app this week on Blue Fish Radio.
Link here for more information or to sign up to be an Angler Atlas member:
Michael E. Sklad, Founder and President of Fishing Friendzy, is super excited about launching the new Youth Fishing League. The best part is it is designed to expand to communities all across North America. Support for the League comes from organizations such as the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and a number of industry partners.
Link to hear Michael and Lawrence discuss why establishing fishing opportunities for youth with solid mentorship is important for a child’s balanced development. For more about Fishing Friendzy and their Youth Fishing league visit:
Aquatic invasive plants are labeled invasive due to their highly disruptive impacts on wetlands, lakes and rivers. Thankfully, they’re on the radar of Ducks Unlimited. Work DU is undertaking in the Great Lakes Basin to protect coastal wetlands includes controlling the highly invasive aquatic plant, European water chestnut, and surveillance and monitoring along eastern Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Link to hear Kyle Borrowman, European Water Chestnut plant eradication program coordinator with Ducks Unlimited Canada this week on blue Fish Radio.
Link here if you would like to get more involved with DU’s programs:
Dr Ken Drouillard at the University of Winsor is a lead researcher with the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research. His findings serve to better assess fish health and how the Ontario government establishes fish consumption advisories, and when more mitigation work is called for to eliminate toxic hot-spots. Ontario’s fish Consumption Advisories currently cover 2,400 locations throughout the province Link to hear Lawrence Gunther and Dr. Drouillard discuss the evolution of fish-health research and how anglers are better informed than ever when it comes to knowing how much of a specific fish stock can be safely eaten.
Kat Kavanagh is the founder and Executive Director of Water Rangers. The program empowers citizen scientists to learn and gather water samples to be shared on line.
Link to hear Kat explain the [program and tools this week on Blue fish Radio.
Go to waterrangers.ca to learn more, and join in!
Cold water fish species are especially vulnerable to climate change. Taylor Ridderbusch is Trout Unlimited America’s specialist on cold water Great Lakes issues and our guest this week on Blue fish Radio.
Link to hear what TU is up to ensure the future of cold water fish species this week on Blue Fish Radio.
Link here for a very good overview of the most recent work undertaken by Trout Unlimited within the Great Lakes region
Lena Azeez from Watershed Watch Salmon Society is working with communities from British Columbia’s lower mainland to draft and pass a resolution that underscores their commitment to safeguard fish habitat. This sort of sentiment often gets lost when flood prevention strategies are implemented; however, one shouldn’t come at the expense of the other. Fish habitat and impacts on fish health need to be considered when designing strategies for flood control, so says Lina and the community leaders she’s working with.
Link to hear Lina discuss her work with community leaders and what’s coming next on Blue Fish Radio.
Link to the Connected Waters website for more information about Lina’s work:
Dams and barriers are often considered positive landscape features because they can generate power, provide recreational opportunities, block invasive species, and prevent contaminant and disease transfer upstream. The flip side of that coin is that barriers can also reduce ecosystem function by reducing species richness, fragmenting habitats, impairing animal movements, impounding water, increasing temperature, and altering sediment transport.
Listen as Lawrence Gunther speaks with Marc Gaden from the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission about an up-coming fish passage project this week on Blue Fish Radio.
Dr. Jeff Ridal is the Executive Director of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. Jeff is this week’s guest on Blue Fish Radio and outlines what the Institute’s numerous scientists are hard at work researching. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Research Symposium organized by the Institute and held at the OPG Visitor Centre in Cornwall May 30 and 31. Link to hear Jeff speak about the challenges the Institute faces, and why studying the River’s ecosystem is essential to understanding fish health.
Link below for more details on the Symposium and the key note presentation to be given by Dr. Geoff Green:
Musky Canada Sport Fish and Research came into being to introduce conservation measures into the sport of Musky fishing. For over 40 years there now 700 members from the 13 different Canadian chapters have been supplying the Ministry of Natural Resources with catch-and-release logs to aid in Musky research. This year the organization has funded three different research projects, including one on Lake St Clair in partnership with Shimano Canada.
Listen as Musky Canada’s President Chris Nielsen discusses fishing and research plans for 2018 this week on Blue Fish Radio.