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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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IN Part I with Greg Taylor from Fish First Consulting we spoke about DFO’s absence of fisheries research and their inability to manage to make sure both enough salmon reach spawning grounds, and keeping fishers on the water informed to ensure sustainable fishing is taking place. In Part II Blue Fish Radio presents Taylor’s strategy for moving forward with stakeholders to assume greater responsibility for setting fisheries related decisions and to identify gaps in research. Link below to learn more about the proposed B.C. salmon fisheries management strategy to be released this fall.
Greg Taylor from Fish First Consulting is our guest this week and next on Blue Fish Radio. In part I Greg talks to us about the state of salmon stocks and research along Canada’s west coast, and why DFO seems to be grasping at straws when it comes to managing Fraser River salmon fisheries. Listen to Greg talk about why DFO needs to adopt salmon recovery initiatives and to respect recreational fishing interests on this episode of Blue Fish Radio
Bob Cole is part of (and a founding member) of the west coast’s most successful fisheries round table. The Port Alberni and Area 23 round table involves all fishery stakeholders. Their collective decision taking model has meant sustainable salmon numbers and equitable access to stocks for all concerned. Listen as Bob speaks with Lawrence Gunther about the successes and challenges of the round table, and how it can serve as a management model for the rest of B.C. on this episode of Blue Fish Radio.Port Alberni salmon stakeholders include local and area First Nations, two of the three commercial sectors ( Area B Seine and Area gillnetters), plus the Somass bands Economic Opportunity fishers, the West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Association, processors, environmental groups, and DFO and their Robertson Creek hatchery (the largest DFO production hatchery on the West Coast). The cooperative model has developed tables and parameters that include environmental conditions, Fish fecundity, social and economic benefits as well as managing water levels with the local dams for the benefit of fish migration. It’s meant fish stock abundance and open fisheries. The round table meets 2-3 times for full day sessions in the off season, and meets weekly to take Fishery management decisions in season.
Jeff Wilson, the man behind the Miramichi River Striper Cup, is now championing a new fishing tournament, the Atlantic Angler Challenge. Jeff has teamed up with professor Trevor Avery from Acadia University and CEO Sean Simmons from Angler Atlas to make this tournament both a competitive event with great prizes, and a citizen science project designed to advance fisheries management. Listen as Jeff explains to Lawrence Gunther how he’s recruiting anglers and sponsors to be part of a revolutionary recreational fishing event taking place throughout all four Atlantic Canadian provinces.
Professor Trevor Avery teaches and conducts fisheries research out of Acadia University in Nova Scotia. More recently he’s teamed up with Jeff Wilson of the Striper Cup and Sean Simmons of Anglers Atlas to form a ground-breaking recreational fisheries research initiative called the Atlantic Anglers Challenge. The initiative rewards anglers to download and use the MyCatch app to track and report their angling pressure and success. Listen as professor Avery shares with Lawrence Gunther his rationale and expectations for the research that is now taking place across all four Atlantic provinces on this episode of Blue Fish Radio.Link here:Trevor Avery is an Associate Professor, Biology and Mathematics & Statistics, at Acadia University. The Atlantic Anglers Challenge is a multi-species, multi-season tournament and Covid-19 fundraiser. It uses MyCatch to record anglers catches including fish size, location, and time fishing. Anglers are introduced to Angler's Atlas, an online database for their fishing days, and the data is used by researchers to answer questions on fish biology and fisheries science. Fish biology questions might be where species are found, including discovery of invasive species, color patterns, and sizes. Fisheries science questions might include estimating relative catches based on effort fishing (known as catch-per-unit-effort) and size distribution. In all cases, a tournament designed partly with fish diversity in mind, such as all species and all sizes count, instead of just the largest or most fish provides much more data to researchers to investigate fish. Link below for more information about the research.
David Brown received the highest honor Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans can bestow to a recreational angler for his work on restoring West Coast salmon. Now Dave has taken it to the next level with his formation of the Public Fishery Alliance and a protest in front of DFO’s Vancouver office. Link below to hear David in Conversation with Lawrence Gunther immediately following the protest on Blue Fish Radio:
David Chong is one of Canada’s top professional bass anglers fishing upwards of 50 tournaments a year. He’s one of a very few that is actually making a living in the fishing industry through tournament wins, sponsorships, and as a representative of leading tackle companies. We check in with Dave to find out the highs and lows of professional angling during the pandemic on Blue Fish Radio.
Scottie Martin is the host and driving force behind the wildly successful Canadian Fishing Network. With close to 11,000 followers on Facebook, and another successful edition of the national fishing “Fish-Off” tournament led by Michael Consul now under their belts, the virtual fishing platform shows no signs of slowing. It truly is a grass-roots Phenomenon. Scottie and Mike join Lawrence Gunther on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:#familyfishingweekend #keepcanadafishing
Across southern Ontario bass fishing seasons are beginning to open up. Bass anglers look forward to this moment all year, especially those who are hooked on fishing tournaments. The Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation is one of the biggest competitive bass tournament organizations in Ontario with over 800 members, and their executive have been working overtime to figure out how to hold bass fishing tournaments without putting their members or the resource at risk. Link below to hear Jason Barnucz from OBN speak with Lawrence Gunther about the good news and the bad for the 2020 bass fishing season on this episode of Blue Fish Radio.
Blue Fish Radio reached out to the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission’s Bob Lambe, Executive Director, and Marc Gaden, Communications Director and Legislative Liaison, to hear first-hand about their experience as one of the five “collaborators” with the Great Lakes and St Lawrence Collaborative. The Collaborative just released its ten-year action plan focusing on addressing shoreline erosion, outdated infrastructure, exposure to toxins, and beach contamination. The Plan comes with a $2.2 Billion price tag. Link below and find out from Bob and Mark how implementation of the Plan will improve fish health and fishing:Link below to read the final report from the Collaborative https://westbrookpa.com/glslcollab/
n 2017 Blue Fish Canada organized a half-day focus on fish health and fish consumption as part of the St. Lawrence River Institute for Environmental Studies Annual research and policy symposium. In attendance was Dr. Laurie Chan, Canadian co-chair of the IJC Health Professionals Advisory Board, and a University of Ottawa Professor and Canada Research Chair in Toxicology and Environmental Health. Good news, the International Joint Commission just announced the formation of a Fish Consumption Advisory Project with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, and Dr. Chan is Co-Chairing the initiative! The initiative represents a first step to better understand the role of fish consumption advisories and what catching and consuming fish in the Great Lakes Basin and St. Lawrence River means to the socio-economic sustainability of shoreline communities. Link below to hear Dr. Chan discuss the new IJC initiative with Lawrence Gunther on this episode of Blue fish Radio.
Westslope Cut Throat Trout, bull trout and Athabasca rainbow trout are native trout species found in Alberta that now need our help. Protecting these native species and the diversity they represent is crucial if we are to avoid a country populated solely with the same non-native trout species introduced through fish stocking programs during the 1900’s. The Alberta Conservation Association get’s this and so does the Alberta Government, numerous conservation groups and the anglers themselves. Link below to hear Lawrence Gunther in conversation with senior ACA biologist Mike Rodtka as they discuss the many challenges ahead on Blue Fish Radio.The Alberta Native Trout Restoration Program includes The Alberta Conservation Association, Cows and Fish, Trout Unlimited Canada, Foothills Research Institute, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Alberta Government. The Program entails: fish habitat improvements, a north Central Native Trout Recovery Program, a roadway Watercourse Crossing Remediation Initiative, a Westslope Cutthroat Trout Recovery Program, and a Whirling Disease detection, education and mitigation strategies. For more about the recovery program visit:https://www.alberta.ca/native-trout-recovery-program-overview.aspxFor more about the Alberta Conservation Authority visit:https://www.ab-conservation.com
Stephen Hume has fished and written professionally about fishing, fish and Canada’s west coast for 27 years with the Vancouver Sun and much more than that. He’s not shy to call things the way he sees them, and made a good living for well over 30 years putting his words on paper and teaching others to do the same. . Link below to hear Stephen Hume in conversation with Lawrence Gunther on this episode of Blue Fish Radio.Link below to read Mr. Stephen Hume’s recently published letter, “: Old enough to know what’s been lost in B.C. salmon”:https://www.thefreepress.ca/opinion/letter-old-enough-to-know-whats-been-lost-in-b-c-salmon/
In this final installment of our interview with Jeremy Wade from the River Monster series, we dive deeper into what it takes to produce the magical moments Jeremy has been creating to inform and entertain mainstream TV viewers for over 15 years. We also explore Jeremy’s books and his role as an international fish art competition judge. Find out what makes Jeremy tick, and why anglers – and especially youth – are embracing Jeremy’s thirst for adventure and insatiable curiosity to seek out and reveal the underwater freshwater animals that we call fish and which we know so little about. Link below to hear Jeremy in conversation with host Lawrence Gunther on this final installment of this 2-part Blue Fish Radio Giants of the Fishing World special.
Jeremy Wade is UK’s “Sherlock Holmes” of angling. His magical blend of solving underwater mysteries through careful planning, local knowledge and a hook-and-line has been capturing the imagination of viewers for over 15 years starting with his world renowned series “River Monsters”. It’s a return to the origins of the true spirit of angling that’s inspiring the next generation of curious and conservation minded anglers. Link below to hear Jeremy in conversation with host Lawrence Gunther on this first of this two part Blue Fish Radio installment in the series “Giants of the Fishing Industry”.Link below to watch a February 2020 video of Jeremy catching a 256lb Lau Lau, also known as the man-eating monster of Guyana.http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...
Once again St. Lawrence River Muskie are in decline. Research conducted on 200 known Muskie spawning beds located throughout the St. Lawrence have failed to come up with any “young of the year” Muskie, and Northern Pike are faring no better. Ottawa River Muskie Factory owner and guide John Anderson recently published an article summarizing what we know from anglers and scientists, and has put out a call for action. Link below to hear John Anderson in conversation with Lawrence Gunther on this episode of Blue Fish Radio.Link below to read John Anderson’s article “The Death of the St. Lawrence Musky Fishery”:https://bluefishcanada.ca/the-death-of-the-st-lawrence-musky-fishery/Link below for ten Blue Fish Sustainable Catch-and-Release Muskie Fishing Tips -- fact checked by our science and angler advisors:https://bluefishcanada.ca/resources/blue-fish-sustainable-fishing-tips/
In June 2019 a landslide struck a remote rugged canyon of the Fraser River north of Lillooet BC. Huge pieces of rock and significant debris sheared off a 125-meter cliff, crashing into the river and creating a 5 meter high waterfall. The magnitude of the obstruction impeded migrating salmon from reaching their spawning beds. What’s been happening since may go down as one of the greatest emergency responses on behalf of wild salmon anywhere in the world.Link below to hear Lawrence Gunther in Conversation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s director, Gwil Roberts, responsible for restoring passage for migrating Fraser River salmon on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:
The B.C. government and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have issued advisories to west coast anglers on how to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, for the second year in a row, most all Chinook salmon recreational fisheries are non-retention only throughout southern B.C. Link below to hear west coast angler Brian Braidwood discuss with Lawrence Gunther what anglers are doing to stay safe, and how they are seeking to have rules changed to allow for the retention of hatchery Chinook salmon on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:Link below to read the April 7 advisory on recreational fishing issued by the B.C. government and endorsed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada:https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/fishing-and-hunting-covid-19-updates
Dr. Steven Cooke teaches Fish ecology and conservation at Carleton University and runs the Cooke Lab. He’s also now one of a handful of international representatives selected to develop a Freshwater action plan designed to reverse the world-wide decline in freshwater biodiversity now on track to be at “code red” in 10-15 years.Link below to hear Dr. Cooke in conversation with Lawrence Gunther about the 6-step program being proposed to ensure the planet’s freshwater biodiversity reverses its present 40-year decline on this episode of Blue Fish Radio:Dr. Steven Cooke has diverse interests in integrative biology, conservation science, and natural resource management. His work spans the natural and social sciences with a particular focus on developing solutions to problems facing fish and other aquatic organisms. Specific projects of late have focused on issues and topics such as fish migration, fish-hydropower interactions, the sustainability of recreational fisheries, aquatic habitat restoration, the movement ecology of fish, the ecology of stress in wild fish, and winter biology.Link below for more about the work of Dr. Steven Cooke and the Cooke Lab: https://carleton.ca/biology/people/steven-j-cooke/
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