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Blue Fish Radio: What We Can Learn from India’s Emerging Recreational Fishery

Via Mahseer Fly Fishing

A Conversation with Carleton University's Shannon Bower

Hear how sportfishing is taking off in India, thanks to strong regs and a catch-and-release culture

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 of Blue Fish Radio, Lawrence Gunther talks to PhD candidate Shannon Bower (below) from Carleton University’s Cooke Lab about emerging catch-and-release recreational fisheries in the developing world.

Shannon Bower
Shannon Bower

Recreational fishing globally is currently valued at over $180 billion annually, but according to Bower (above, in India) that’s just the tip of the iceberg. She’s just about to head back to India where she is studying the socio-economic significance of the country’s rapidly expanding recreational fishing industry. Turns out we also have lots to learn from how they do it in India, including the way Indians are balancing catch and release with harvesting.

To hear the interview now, press PLAY. To download this podcast to your device, go to the Blue Fish Radio home page.

Lawrence Gunther

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.