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Videos: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Public Information Sessions

Published on Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Back in March and April 2016, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (GoFishBC) hosted a series of public information sessions so you can find out more about what FFSBC is doing to maintain and improve recreational freshwater fisheries in this province. During the sessions, VP of Science from FFSBC made two presentations and they can now be viewed here if you missed the sessions. The first video is an overview on who FFSBC is and what they do. The second video is about developing new freshwater fishing licencing products.

Chilliwack River Juvenile Steelhead Release

Published on Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Last week, Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery and Chilliwack Salmon Hatchery teamed up for the annual juvenile steelhead release in the Chilliwack/Vedder River system. Each year, approximately 125,000 juvenile steelhead which have been raised at the hatchery are released into the river. These fish will spend the next few years in the ocean and return as adult steelhead in the winter months.

For more information about the program, please watch this video.

It’s Salmon Release Time!

Published on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

In the next few weekends, there will be a series of community salmon release events across the Lower Mainland in British Columbia. These events celebrate the hard work dedicated local river stewards have done throughout the year. They are educational, entertaining and FREE, so excellent for families with young kids that are looking for activities to weekend participate in.

Nicomekl Enhancement Society Open House and Fish Release in Langley
April 30th, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Take a tour of the hatchery and release 30,000 juvenile salmon. More information…

Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody
May 7th, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Over 70 exhibitors will be presenting their local stewardshop projects and there will be 40,000 fingerlings for visitors to release in buckets! More information…

Great Salmon Send-Off at Stoney Creek in Burnaby
May 14th, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Stoney Creek Environment Committee invites all to release young salmon into Stoney Creek. More information…

Chilliwack’s All About Fishing

Published on Sunday, February 14th, 2016

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When I started Fishing with Rod back in 2001, I wanted to make sure that some of my energy and time were devoted to positive contribution to this community. We accomplished that between 2003 and 2012 by hosting Fish for the Future in Steveston. That ended after ten years due to other family commitments and the different direction which Richmond is taking as development of the city accelerated.

This year, we will ignite that flame again by reviving an event which used to take place in Chilliwack. Fraser Valley Salmon Society hosted “All About Fishing” back in the early 2000’s but lack of volunteers ended the event after a few years. With the sponsorship from Tourism Chilliwack, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and Family Fishing Society of BC, I am putting on this event for FVSS again.

Chilliwack’s All About Fishing will happen on March 12th, on the first day of school’s spring break, at the Chilliwack Heritage Park from 9:00am to 5:00pm. We are inviting all of you, new and experienced anglers, young and old, parents and kids, to learn everything about fishing in the Fraser Valley, network with others who share the hobby as you and pass that knowledge to the younger generations. It is a free event! I’ve invited all the experts in the industry so they can share their tips on catching steelhead, salmon, trout and other species.

For more information, please check out the event website and make sure you head to the Facebook event page as well. I look forward to see all of you on March 12th!

Rod

Creating a New Generation of Fish & Wildlife Biologists

Published on Friday, December 4th, 2015

Recently we completed several video for Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, which is funded by the conservation surcharges from your freshwater fishing licences. These videos are a series which highlights an important program which HCTF funds.

As part of its commitment to building a better future for fish, wildlife and habitat in BC, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation funds paid internships for BCIT students in their Ecological Restoration Program.

BC’s rapid rate of industrial expansion combined with the imminent retirement of many of the province’s conservation and ecological restoration professionals has created an pressing need to build the next generation of fish and wildlife professionals to face tomorrow’s conservation challenges. Training for these hands-on professions requires moving beyond the classroom and out into the field. These summer internships provide invaluable real-world experience working alongside professional biologists from HCTF partner organizations.

In this video series, you’ll hear from both students and mentors about the benefits of this program in building capacity for conservation in BC.

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