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Blue Fish Radio is produced and hosted by Lawrence Gunther ( 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:
273 Episodes
Canada’s premier fishing giant Bob Izumi has captained Team Canada in previous Pan Am tournaments held in other countries, and led Canada to victory last month on Lake St. Francis . Twenty to twenty-five pound five fish limits are common on this fertile section of the St. Lawrence River.Link below to hear Bob Izumi speak with Lawrence Gunther about how he Captained the Canadian team to victory during the 2019 first-ever Pan American Sportfishing Bass Championship held in Canada on part one of this 2-part episode of Blue Fish Radio
Launched in May 2018, MyCatch is published by Angler’s Atlas, the producers of physical and digital fishing guides to Canadian and transboundary waters. The app is designed to collect valuable data about fish populations while also being useful to anglers. It covers the bulk of Canada, from coast to coast, as well as US waterways that connect to the transboundary region.Link below for more about Anglers Atlas and the MyCatch
Mr. Bob Izumi is one of Canada’s giants in the world of professional tournament bass fishing. Bob and his son Darren have represented Canada in Pan American fishing competitions throughout North and South America, and are now instrumental in bringing the tournament to Canada for the first time. None of it would have been possible without the support of the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association.Link below to hear Mike Melnik, Managing Director of the CSIA in conversation with Lawrence Gunther about the Pan-Am Bass fishing tournament that recently took place out of Cornwall Ontario on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association is dedicated to preserving Canada’s angling heritage, ensuring Canadians have ample recreational fishing opportunities, and making sure fish populations are managed to sustainable levels. They operate programs such as Kids and Cops fishing, Catch Fishing, and Keep Canada Fishing. For more about the CSIA link
The International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 is meant to un-do a half century of economically focussed Great Lakes water level management. The health of one of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystems depends on the Plan’s implementation.Link below to hear Save the River’s CEO John Peach and the NGO’s Chair and our Captain Jeff Garnsey, speak with Lawrence Gunther live aboard Jeff’s 29-foot 1953 ChrisCraft fishing boat about the importance of Plan 2014 as they catch-and-release a 44-inch spotted Muskie.
Finding efficient and safe ways to move migratory fish around and over natural and built barriers has been the un-doing of many ecosystems. Fish ladders were once hailed as the solution, but we now know introduce their own unique set of problems. Whooshh Innovations has been working tirelessly to solve many of these fish passage barriers. Their technologies are proving effective at safely and efficiently moving desirable fish species past barriers, while re-routing less desirable species.Link below to hear CEO Vincent Bryan explain how the Whooshh technology works and its many benefits on this episode of Blue Fish RadioLink below for more about Whooshh Innovations and videos showing the technology in
This past summer a giant rock slide introduced a massive waterfall into a remote stretch of British Columbia’s Fraser River. With spring and summer runs of Chinook and other species of Salmon and Steelhead cut off from their traditional spawning beds, governments were feeling the pressure to ensure fish could pass. Link below for this episode of Blue Fish Radio wherein Lawrence Gunther speaks with two BC authorities, John Werring and Brian Braidwood, on the steps taken to mitigate the impacts of the Fraser River rock slide and whether it’s enough to allow migrating fish passage.
Conservation Visions’ Wild Harvest Initiative is the first serious effort to evaluate the combined economic, conservation, and social benefits of recreational wild animal harvests in the U.S. and Canada. The program is on track to apply a science-based approach to quantifying the harvesting rates of wild fish and game and just held a three-day meeting of its 35-partners, including companies such as Bass Pro Shop, at Memorial University's in St. Johns Newfoundland.Link below to hear the founder of Conservation Visions Shane Mahoney in conversation with Lawrence Gunther on Blue Fish RadioFor more about Conservation Visions, link to their website at:
Blue Fish Radio is always amazed and pleased to meet and present anglers who have dedicated huge chunks of their lives to stewarding the wild fish resources in their area. Dave Brown is another one of these local champions who may know more about the Thompson River and Chilcotin River Steelhead that run up the Fraser River on Canada’s west coast. His knowledge and advocacy were recently recognized in 2017 with DFO awarding Dave the “National Recreational Fisheries Award”. Dave continues to work hard to save the iconic wild Steelhead from annihilation.Link below to hear Dave Brown in conversation with Lawrence Gunther about the history, current situation, and what needs doing to save BC’s Steelhead on this episode of Blue Fish Radio: For more on dave visit his website
Canada now has a national voice that speaks on behalf of over 375,000 outdoor enthusiasts from across Canada called the “National Fishing and Hunting Collaborative”. Mr. Matt DeMille, Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is also a spokesperson for the newly formed Collaborative, and joins Lawrence Gunther on this episode of Blue Fish Radio.Link below to hear about the shared priorities that have brought these 12 provincial and territorial organizations together in this new Collaborative, and to learn more about their immediate and long term objectives:To learn more about the National Fishing and Hunting Collaborative and its 12 provincial and territorial partners, and the many other identified issues,
Michael Price is a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University and the lead author of a recently published article featuring newly discovered 100-year old Skeena River Sockeye salmon DNA. The extensive collection of early 20th century scale samples along with information about each fish’s weight, length, sex and the date caught is being used to rebuild baseline data that researchers are now using to make modern day comparisons. It’s providing a deeper understanding of what we need to do to ensure the future of the many Sockeye species that travel and make home the Skeena River and its tributaries. Knowledge essential to Sockeye adjusting to changes brought about by climate change.Link below to hear Michael Price in conversation with Lawrence Gunther on Blue Fish Radio: Link below to read the first article featuring the work of Michael Price and his team: below for more about Michael
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