The Blue Fish Radio Show

The Blue Fish Radio Show

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. ... Show More

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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 A...
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November 1, 2019 29 min

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.
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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.
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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 ab...
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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 speci... Read more

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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 a... Read more

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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 Univer... Read more

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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... Read more

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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.
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September 6, 2019 31 min

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’... Read more

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August 31, 2019 30 min

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The Ontario B.A.S.S Nation recently announced the postponement and re-location of the 2019 Hank Gibson Provincial Qualifier. Their decisions were taken based on what made the most sense for the long-term sustainability of the fish and the future of sport fishing in Ontario.
Link below to hear Jason Barnucz from the OBN speak with Lawrence Gunther on Blue Fish Radio as they discuss the reasons behind these last minute conservat...
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Tom Davis began salmon fishing along BC’s coast before he started elementary school, and has fished salmon as a recreational angler for the past six decades. From owning and operating a successful fishing tackle company, to advising all manner of governments on the state of Canada’s west coast public salmon fishery, there’s little Tom hasn’t witnessed. And, after all that, he’s still not walking away from salmon.
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Mr. Phil Morlock, Vice-President of Advocacy & Government Affairs, Shimano North America, has been making sure competitive Fishing Events utilize Best conservation practices for years. He continues to encourage those anglers contemplating taking part in competitive fishing events to be informed and to carefully review how fish are handled and released before deciding to participate. Link below to hear Phil Morlock in conversati... Read more

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Do you know how fish culture and fish stocking differ? What about the different approaches to establishing a put-and-take fishery versus rebuilding fish stocks? The Ontario government’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Fish and Wildlife Services Branch, has been actively engaged in all this for over a century. We speak with Mr. Kevin Loftus, Manager of MNRF’s Fish Culture Section, for answers on this week’s episode of Bl... Read more

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The Ottawa River recently experienced two back-to-back fish kills. Blue Fish Canada was one of several angler groups that reported the crisis to government officials, and we also contacted our friends at the Ottawa River Keeper, as did many others.

Link below to hear what the Ottawa River Keeper has been doing to find out why fish have shown up dead on two separate occasions in the past ten days:
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July 18, 2019 29 min

The latest film from Patagonia “Artifishal” Asks Have We Reached the End of Wild? The film got its start when Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard wanted to make a film about the arrogance of humankind. The film uses salmon as a lens to tell a larger story about wilderness. The film’s director, Josh Murphy, says “it’s about how we keep trying to control nature rather than allowing it to do what it does,”
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July 12, 2019 30 min

The fate of whales is linked to the value that we place on them. Getting to know them and entering into their fascinating universe are the best guaranties for their future. This is the heart of the GREMM’s mission! Founded in 1985 and based in Tadoussac, the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research and education on the whales of the St. Lawrence.

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The St Lawrence River measures over 2,000 km in length and is host to both freshwater and marine life. Half way along the river is a small Quebec town called Tadoussac famous for whale watching and whale research.
Link below to hear Lawrence Gunther’s adventure aboard a whale watching zodiac on this first of a two-part episode featuring the whales of the St. Lawrence on Blue Fish Radio:

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Common Carp were brought from Europe to North America well over 100 years ago as a food source for new Canadians, but since fell out of favor. Instead, there’s growing interest in catch-and-release Carp fishing. The Honorable John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, is now proposing to bring Ontario into alignment with Europe and the United States with respect to multi-line carp angling. Canada’s angling communit... Read more

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