Restoring the St. Lawrence
Thanks to a 20-year fight against industrial polluters, the river is recovering
Outdoor Canada is pleased to present Blue Fish Radio—podcasts about the future of fish and fishing in Canada. The program, produced and hosted by Lawrence Gunther, is dedicated to sharing first-hand angling knowledge, scientific discoveries and supporting local champions who protect and enhance their waters.
In this episode, Lawrence delves into the culture of Mohawk of Akwesasne. Living on the St. Lawrence River (above), they were impacted by industrialization along its shores and the resulting pollution. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has since led the charge to clean up the river including a lawsuit against large polluters that took 20 years to settle. With the clean-up of the River underway, and compensation to nearby communities for their loss of recreational fishing opportunities secured, the community is now re-establishing their traditional linkages with the water. Listen as four tribal leaders explain how.
To hear the interview now, check below. To download this podcast to your device, go to the Blue Fish Radio home page.
Blue Fish Radio's Lawrence Gunther
Blue Fish Radio is produced and hosted by Ottawa-based Lawrence Gunther, North America's only totally blind professional tournament angler, a popular motivational speaker and a celebrated conservationist. A lifelong outdoorsman, Lawrence has caught fish from coast to coast in Canada, and used his expertise in navigation technology to develop the world’s first Blind Fishing Boat. For more about Lawrence Gunther, visit his website.