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Angling industry takes on B.C. halibut closure
Jan 7, 2011
I sure hope Gail Shea has a big mailbox. And I hope she takes to heart what’s she about to hear. The federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is the target of a new letter-writing campaign launched...
Survey: British Columbians want the salmon as official symbol
Feb 1, 2011
Eighty-five per cent of British Columbians support a proposal to designate wild Pacific salmon as an official symbol of the province, according to a recent poll commissioned by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Fraser Basin Council. Additionally,
Transplanted salmon, trout thrive closer to home, Canadian study finds
Jan 28, 2011
The regional genetic variation among salmon and trout is so significant, that many do not respond well to relocation, according to a new Canadian study. This means that, for example, although trout swimming up the streams of British...
Deadline extended for Fraser River sockeye inquiry
Jan 27, 2011
Citing the intricacy of the issue, among other factors, the Commissioner leading the Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River has requested and been granted a report deadline extension. The Commission, which was originally required...
Killer cougar prowls Vancouver suburb
Jan 26, 2011
Conservation officers and Mounties are searching for a rogue cougar responsible for the death of seven farm animals in Maple Ridge, B.C., about 50 kilometres east of Vancouver. The big cat has attacked and killed seven farm animals...
NWTF feeds hungry families with gobbler giveaway
Jan 25, 2011
We all know the National Wild Turkey Foundation and NWTF Canada have been instrumental in the restoration and conservation of wild turkey populations across North America, but they’ve also been taking aim poverty. How so? Over this past holiday...
Fly Fishing Film Fest launches Canadian tour
Jan 25, 2011
The first International Fly Fishing Film Festival launches a cross-Canada tour this week, with a sold-out screening in Calgary, followed by stops in Toronto, Vancouver, Whitehorse, Campbell River, B.C., and Moncton, New Brunswick, with more dates to come. The...
Canadian Jim Shockey comes up big at U.S. TV awards
Jan 21, 2011
Canada’s own Jim Shockey and his TV crew came up big last night at the annual Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Awards. The B.C.-based gang garnered three prizes for their hunting series The Professionals, including the marquis honours of Best Overall...
Canadian researchers get funding to study avian cholera
Jan 20, 2011
To learn more about avian cholera, a team of Canadian researchers has recently been granted nearly a half-million dollars from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. A naturally-occurring bacterial disease, avian cholera...
2nd annual Ian McMurchy Award presented at SHOT Show
Jan 19, 2011
The second annual Ian McMurchy Award, launched last year in memory of the late Canadian outdoor writer and photographer Ian McMurchy, was presented yesterday to Outdoor Life magazine’s hunting editor, Andrew McKean. Awarded to the outdoor communicator who...
Moose crash victims sue Newfoundland government
Jan 14, 2011
Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador injured after moose-vehicle collisions have filed a class action lawsuit against the province, alleging that the moose population has been mismanaged. Ben Bellows and Hugh George filed the suit in the Supreme...
Canada’s Jim Shockey earns 8 TV award nominations
Jan 12, 2011
Every year during the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, aka the SHOT Show, the U.S.-based Outdoor Channel hands out its Golden Moose Awards, honouring the best producers and hosts of the various shows appearing on the channel. This...
More farmed salmon escape into Bay of Fundy
Jan 10, 2011
Almost 140,000 juvenile farmed Atlantic Salmon recently escaped from an aquaculture pen operation at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. It is believed that high winds and ocean swells between December 20 and 26 ripped open the...
Elk hunt returns to Ontario this fall
Jan 6, 2011
Ontario’s first elk hunt in more than a century will be held in late September, in the province’s Bancroft-North Hastings area. Between 1998 and 2001, elk from Alberta’s Elk Island National Park were released in central Ontario’s Bancroft-North Hastings...
New SPOT device brings satellite communication to smartphones
Jan 4, 2011
The new Spot Connect satellite messenger and app allows smartphone users to send location-based messages from virtually anywhere on the planet. For several years SPOT has offered global one-way connectivity, via its Satellite GPS Messenger, but this still...
Recreational fishing lobbyist Phil Morlock receives U.S. conservation award
Dec 17, 2010
Phil Morlock, a long-time recreational fishing advocate, received the Brad Rowse Leadership Award last week at the 7th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Sportsman-Legislator Summit in Point Clear, Alabama. He was given the award for demonstrating...
Halibut anglers fear 2011 season will close early
Dec 16, 2010
Recreational halibut anglers could face the very real prospect of having the 2011 fishery end mid-summer, says the Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia. This past October the halibut fishing season, which usually runs Feb. 1 to Dec. 31, was suddenly...
B.C. professor wins Haig-Brown Conservation Award
Dec 15, 2010
Dr. Patricia Gallaugher of Simon Fraser University has been awarded the 2010 Haig-Brown Conservation Award, presented by the Totem Flyfishers, Vancouver’s oldest fly fishing club. Gallaugher is the director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Coastal Studies, and Continuing Studies...
Legendary Vancouver Island sports and outdoors writer dies
Dec 13, 2010
Ernie Fedoruk, a popular and longtime B.C. sports and outdoors writer, died Friday after a lengthy illness. He was 79 Fedorouk covered sports from 1957 to 1996 with the Victoria Daily Times and the Victoria Times Colonist, chronicling five...
Thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon escape
Dec 8, 2010
The aquaculture industry must improve transparency and compliance in reporting escapes from open-net cages in the Bay of Fundy, says the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF). Recently, salmon farms reported escapes of 13,000 fish off Deer Island, New Brunswick,
Dave Mercer to emcee Bassmaster Elite tournaments
Dec 6, 2010
Canadian fishing funnyman and TV personality Dave Mercer is the new mouthpiece of the Bassmaster Elite Series of tournaments, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) has announced. Starting with February’s Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, Mercer will control the...
Judge rules against Alberta Métis
Dec 3, 2010
A judge in Medicine Hat, Alberta, has rejected the argument that Alberta Métis have a constitutional right to hunt in the southern part of the province. Métis hunter Garry Hirsekorn was found guilty of hunting out of...
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