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Blue Fish Radio is produced and hosted by Lawrence Gunther (www.lawrencegunther.com). The show features interviews with people that have expertise and first-hand knowledge about fishing, fish and aquatic ecosystems. Lawrence Gunther applies his expertise, experience and engaging style to both educate and entertain listeners. Each show lasts 30 minutes and is streamed by a number of broadcasters.

Production and distribution of the Blue Fish Radio Show is intended to share valuable lessons and successes so more people can become stewards of their aquatic resources. By empowering local champions with knowledge, future generations of fishers will have the opportunity to pursue the tradition of fishing, and by doing so, maintain a vital link between people and nature.

If you have a story to tell about how you made a difference in your community, or would like to nominate a local champion to be interviewed on Blue Fish Radio, please send an email to: lawrence@lawrencegunther.com.
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Dr. Hannah Harrison is an expert on small scale Great Lakes fisheries and our guest on this episode of the Blue Fish Radio Show. Dr. Harison speaks with Lawrence about Lake Ontario’s diminishing commercial fisheries and what establishing a National Marine Conservation Area could mean for fishing in general. Dr. Harison is a professor with the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, and recently released the trailer for her new documentary “Last Boat on the Lake.”
Host Lawrence Gunther discusses with Sean Simmons the incredible head-way the My Catch angler app by Angler Atlas is contributing to fishery research. Canada will once again be head-lining a series of seminars at the 2023 American Fishery Society Conference. Find out how anglers are using this citizen science tool to support fishery research across Canada on The Blue Fish Radio Show.
Host Lawrence Gunther speaks with fishing legend, author and sport fishing hull of fame inductee Darryl Choronzey about the past and present state of Lake Ontario, it’s native fish species, the rise of pacific salmon domination, his favorite salmon, costs associated with stocking Chinook, Coho and Atlantic, the problem with salmon poaching on rivers, and the role Ontario needs to take to build and promote a sustainable sport fishery. Darryll is convinced there are enough salmon in Lake Ontario to make it a world class fishery if promoted properly. Link below to hear Lawrence speak with Darryl Choronzey on The Blue Fish Radio Show:
Scottie Martin and I discuss the role forward looking sonar played during the St. Claire River B.A.S.S. elite tournament, the choice to eat locally caught fish, knowing what you’re eating and what’s in it, where to source Tilapia, seafood fraud, and the use of Butterfish as a common substitute for Tuna in sushi restaurants. And finally, I relay my experience eating at the Le Poisson Bleu restaurant in Ottawa for the first time after receiving numerous calls on the Blue fish Canada phone line from customers looking to book a reservation, and the positive dining experience we enjoyed based on their exclusively sustainable and mostly local seafood menu. But there was a seafood choice on the menu that took us all by surprise. Scotty tells his own supermarket seafood story that led to his being escorted from the premises by the police. The validity of sustainable labeling is also discussed, and the recent issue raised by Watershed Watch Salmon Society over the sustainability of Pacific salmon as claimed by several prominent labeling services.
Recorded live on Canadian Fishing Network July 24 2023, Scottie Martin and I discuss catching and eating Bowfin, extreme weather impacts and the Pacific ocean garbage patch, angler encounters with Great Whites off the coast of New Brunswick, Megalodon versus Great Whites and seal predation, shark habitualisation to humans due to shark encounter tourism, and the need for anglers to step up to save Blind Bay, one of the last significant shoreline wetlands on the Upper St. Lawrence River.
Sleiman Al Jasem took over the “County Catch” fish processing business from local Prince Edward County fishers in 2021 after arriving in Canada from Syria as a refugee. His focus is purchasing, processing and selling locally caught Whitefish, yellow and White Perch, and Pickerel harvested from the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario surrounding Prince Edward County. Demand is never an issue, it’s the lack of a regular supply that concerns Sleiman. Most of the fish caught in the area are transported whole to a processing plant near Lake Erie where they are processed and exported to markets like China. Sleiman is our guest on the Blue Fish Radio Show where we caught up to him at the Pickton local market.
The Blue Fish Radio Show is pleased to be back at the Glenora Fishery Research Station six years later to speak once again with MNRF’s Collin Lake about the state of fisheries in Lake Ontario’s eastern basin. Topics include greater access to urban recreational anglers, whether the commercial fishery on Lake Ontario is underutilize, the downward shift in nutrients and what it means for fishes, fish consumption advisories, the sustainability of local commercial fisheries, and elevating fish to be on par with “farm to fork” initiatives.
On Canadian Fishing Network Live, July 10 2023, Lawrence and Scottie explore why getting out the message that youth need opportunities to learn both how to fish, and how to become stewards of nature. They then review Ontario’s latest angler participation data, followed by topics ranging from Canada’s most endangered freshwater fish, the return of Lake Sturgeon, a new MPA being proposed for Lake Erie, and why Ontario has shut down people with houseboats looking to anchor away the summer. Link below to listen on The Blue fish Radio Show
Lawrence Gunther and Scottie Martin discuss fish scale art and how to tell WHEN fish are spawning by the shape of their scales. Lawrence give a quick overview of the Blue fish Canada “Get Ready for Fishing” event held in Cornwall at the OPG Visitor’s Centre. The boys re-cap the Blue Fish Radio Special on Lake Ontario’s East Basin fishery, and share news about a new fund for local organizations interested in removing invasive species from their lake or river now available through the Invasive Species Centre. It’s all recorded Live on Canadian Fishing Network Monday nights.
On the June 5th 2023 segment recorded live on Canadian Fishing Network, Lawrence and Scotty discuss Blue Fish News highlights including what’s driving the growth in numbers of youth anglers, 2022 salmon capture data in B.C. and Quebec, the tragic loss of four youth anglers and one adult along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, Killer Whales that are capsizing boats, tips for taking your dog fishing aboard your boat, and much more.
Scottie Martin and host Lawrence Gunther discuss fishing apps, the new Fish Health Tracker tool, and whether the sentence of two poachers was sufficient, on Canadian Fishing Network Live May 15, 2023.
Doris Leung is the Interim Director of the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System, and a driving force behind the recently released “Fish Health Tracker Tool”. The Tool was created for anglers to report unusual fish species or fish health issues. Doris explains how the Fish Health Tracker Tool works on this episode of The Blue Fish Radio Show.
Scottie Martin from Canadian Fishing Network and Lawrence Gunther discuss naturalizing shorelines, accessible fishing for deaf-blind anglers, the high seas, and Blue Fish Canada’s summer youth fishing programs live on cfN May 8 2023.
Live May 1 2023 on Canadian Fishing Network, Scottie Martin and Lawrence Gunther discuss the legacy of lead, micro fishing, targeting escaped hatchery fish, invasives using floating garbage to reach new habitat, and tracking Great White Sharks heading for Atlantic Canada. Margie Manthey is a true local champion for her numerous efforts to improve the future of fish and fishing on Wolf Lake. The lake is located near Westport in eastern Ontario in a region known as South Frontenac. A passionate angler, Margie has been instrumental in rehabilitating walleye spawning beds, replacing “perched” culverts, and strengthening shoreline resilience. But, her main passion is incentifying anglers to switch away from using lead weights and jigs. Her “get the lead out” program resulted in over 80 kilos of lead fishing tackle being voluntarily turned in by anglers in just one year. Margie is our guest on The Blue Fish Radio Show.
Margie Manthey is a true local champion for her numerous efforts to improve the future of fish and fishing on Wolf Lake. The lake is located near Westport in eastern Ontario in a region known as South Frontenac. A passionate angler, Margie has been instrumental in rehabilitating walleye spawning beds, replacing “perched” culverts, and strengthening shoreline resilience. But, her main passion is incentifying anglers to switch away from using lead weights and jigs. Her “get the lead out” program resulted in over 80 kilos of lead fishing tackle being voluntarily turned in by anglers in just one year. Margie is our guest on The Blue Fish Radio Show.
Scottie Martin and I discuss capturing fish 8 km below the surface, destructive Mine tailings, Trout Unlimited Canada’s Bring Back the Brookies initiative, marauding Great Whites off the coast of NS, and angler actions to reduce lead fishing tackle, live on Canadian Fishing Network April 24 2023.
Kerry Kennedy is a member of the London Ontario chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada, and the driving force behind the Bring Back the Brookies initiative. A committed conservationist, Kerry is leading the charge to enhance trout habitat, and to document the TU chapter’s progress so others are informed and inspired to do the same. Find out what it takes to enhance stream and shoreline habitat, and why initiatives such as this are becoming imperative to the health of resident trout.
Scottie Martin and I celebrate Canada’s successes at the 2023 BASS Master Clasic in Tennessee, and discuss important water, fish and fishing news on Canadian Fishing Network Live on March 27, 2023, on this new episode of The Blue Fish Radio Show:
Mental wellbeing, positive thinking, and mindfulness are the topics and the areas of expertise of the three guests on this episode of The Blue Fish Radio Show. Author Paul Michael White has just released his 3rd book “Tales of the Great Outdoors” and discusses the benefits of outdoor therapy over that of the couch. Fly fisher Morgan McLean, former Steelhead and salmon guide and now a member of Canada’s fly-fishing team about to compete in the Commonwealth Games, reflects on the importance of mental preparedness and positive attitude. And, Alexandra Euteneier, a practicing psychotherapist and outdoor mindfulness instructor, offers a more spiritual approach to forming meaningful “one health” connections with nature. Lots to think about, but more importantly, a ton of great ideas for feeling and doing better.
Scottie Martin and Lawrence Gunther discuss how anglers can help curb the spread of invasive species along with all the rest of the Blue Fish News for March 20 2023 on CFN Live.
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