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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:
283 Episodes
Following the winter closure of the St. Lawrence Seaway to ships in December 2019 and a spell of mild temperatures across the Lake Ontario basin, the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board took action and set Lake Ontario outflows at unprecedented levels. The volume of water passing through the St. Lawrence River reached up to 10,700 cubic meters per second, higher than has ever previously been released in winter. This led to extreme low water conditions on stretches of the River above the Moses-Saunders Dam in Cornwall, and concern being expressed by anglers and others who live along the River that important habitat and aquatic life had been imperiled. A drop in air temperature has meant a reduction in flow levels to allow ice to form and stabilize; however, if mild weather returns this winter, the Board intends to increase outflows again as much and as soon as possible. Link below to hear professional angler Todd Beckstead speak with Lawrence Gunther about his first-hand experiences fishing on Lake Ontario during recent flood events, and how high out-flows at the Moses-Saunders Dam have impacted the Upper St. Lawrence River above the dam on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:
Henry Lickers is the first indigenous person to be named a Commissioner to the International Joint Commission. The IJC is responsible for the transboundary waters between Canada and the United States and has been successfully resolving water issues for over 100 years. Commissioner Lickers believes the IJC is committed to include the traditional knowledge of both indigenous nations and shoreline communities, and to apply science to inform precautionary measures, as the IJC fulfils their mission of informing Canada and the U.S. on issues such as resilience in the face of climate change. Link below to hear IJC Commissioner Henry Lickers share his perspectives on the precautionary approach and traditional knowledge with LawrenceGunther on this episode of Blue Fish Radio
One of the leading proponents of transferring fish farms from the ocean to land, Eric Hobson has worked tirelessly to finance and build the Kuterra land-based closed-containment salmon farm in partnership with the Vancouver Island Namgis Nation. Hobson founded the Save Our Salmon Society and is a Director with the Watershed Watch Salmon Society. He’s personally raised many thousands of dollars for scientific investigations on open pen fish farming impacts and the support of court challenges.Link below to hear Eric Hobson, the 2018 Haig-Brown Conservation Award winner, in conversation with Lawrence Gunther on this episode of Blue fish Radio: For more about Eric Hobson and his leadership on moving salmon farming on land visit:
Thousands of abandoned unnecessary dams are responsible for the overall deterioration of fish habitat across Canada. Add fish stocking to the equation, and it’s no wonder wild trout and other fish species are under pressure. Is it possible to go back in time to the way it was? What do anglers and fish biologists think about the idea of putting the wild back in our streams, creeks and rivers?Link below to listen to a re-broadcast of an “Outside In” New Hampshire Public Radio podcast on stocking fish, damming rivers and wild trout this week on Blue Fish Radio
The Great Lakes have experienced far more than their fair share of toxic chemicals over the past 100-plus years. Persistent substances such as DDT, PCB and Mercury nearly killed several of the lakes in the 1980’s. Just when you think things are improving, you start hearing about new chemical threats.Link below to hear John Jackson, Co-Chair of the Binational Toxic-Free Great Lakes Network, in conversation with Lawrence Gunther as they discuss what it takes to have a chemical nominated to become a candidate for study prior to being listed as a “chemical of mutual concern” on this week’s episode of Blue Fish Radio.The below link takes you to a fact sheet on PFAS called "The Threat of PFAS: The Forever Chemicals."
Ned Kehde is a retired university archivist, fishing guide and long-time outdoor writer who has helped fine-tune a phenomenal fish-catching system known today as the Ned Rig. Connecting hundreds of anglers across the continent, Ned’s online Finesse News Network features some of the most detailed fishing reports ever written.Link to hear Ned share his 80 years of fishing wisdom with Lawrence Gunther on this episode of Blue Fish Radio: Send Ned an email to have your name added to his Finesse News Network newsletter:nkehde@ku.eduOr, Catch Ned’s Midwest Finesse column on the In-Fisherman:
On June 21, 2019 Canada modernized the Fisheries Act. Find out what it means for Canada’s recreational anglers. Chad Ziai is the Director of Engagement, Partnerships and Integrated Planning at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.Link below to hear Chad discuss recreational fishing with Lawrence Gunther this week on Blue Fish Radio:For more about the changes to the Fisheries Act link below: DFO 2015 Survey of Recreational Fishing is a nationally-coordinated study providing the most comprehensive information on recreational fisheries activities and harvests in all regions of the country. It is also the only source of detailed statistics on the economic contributions made by anglers at both provincial/territorial and national levels.Link below for the latest statistics on recreational fishing and the economic and social importance of recreational fisheries to Canada's provinces and territories: below for more information about all things recreational fishing under the DFO’s jurisdiction:
Ever wonder what data smartphone recreational fishing apps can collect automatically, or why they still include options for entering data manually? How are these apps changing the way we fish, now, and in the future?Link below to here Lawrence Gunther in conversation with Paul Venturelli, one of the world’s leading experts on recreational fishing data collection, as they discuss the future of angler apps on this week’s episode of Blue Fish Radio: Link below to read a recent report published by Paul Venturelli, Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of PhD in Environmental Sciences:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have teamed up with the YMCA and National Wildlife Federation to launch a new program “Outdoor Adventurers”. Geared towards kids from kindergarten to grade five, and focusing on city youth, the initiative will serve an important role in shaping the next generation of conservation-minded outdoor enthusiasts.Link below to hear Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, speak with Blue Fish Radio host Lawrence Gunther about the vital role the Outdoor Adventurers program will serve in providing kids with daily “green hours” as they experience nature and learn to fish:The National Wildlife Federation is America’s oldest, largest and most trusted conservation organization. Link below for more about the NWF and the Outdoor Adventurers program:
Mr. Bob Izumi is one of Canada’s giants in the sport of fishing. His TV and radio shows, magazine, seminars, and endless dedication and support for youth fishing events has made him a true icon in the world of fishing. Link below to hear Bob reflect on how his meteoric fishing career came about on this second of a 2-part conversation with Lawrence Gunther on Blue Fish Radio
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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