October 24, 2018

Fisheries Committees: Investing in Freshwater Recreational Fishing Projects in B.C.

Since 2015, we’ve supported three joint provincial-Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC committees which fund priority projects that benefit recreational freshwater fisheries – both wild and stocked – around the province. Each spring, biologists and managers from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC prioritize projects identified by and submitted to members of the Small Lakes, Large Lakes, and Rivers committees.

Meziadin Lake Bull Trout Management Project

To be eligible for funding, projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:

1. Enhance the fishing experience
2. Attract and maintain public participation in recreational fishing
3. Maintain and improve the variety of fishing options available to the public
4. Maintain and restore healthy wild and enhanced fish stocks to support freshwater fisheries
5. Seek opportunities to support shared stewardship initiatives
6. Improve delivery of the freshwater fisheries program

Each year we highlight a few of the projects in our Annual Report.
Summaries of the projects completed in 2018-19 can be found here:

Small Lakes Committee, Large Lakes Committee, Rivers Committee

River Guardians of the Kettle River in the Okanagan

2019-20 marks the fifth year of the program. The fisheries committees recommended 57 projects: 22 small-lakes projects (with a $395,385 budget), 19 large-lakes projects (with a $420,226 budget), and 16 rivers projects (with a $363,073 budget). To see a list of the committees’ approved projects and amount of funding for each year, please click on the following link: 2015-2020 Funded Projects.

Coquihalla River summer Steelhead barrier removal

Funding for these projects comes from freshwater angling licence fees. In 2015, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC began receiving 100% (up from 70%) of all freshwater angling licence fees. With this additional funding, the Society committed to broadening the scope of its activities to include joint initiatives with the Provincial Government.

Please direct questions regarding the committees’ funded projects to fish@gofishbc.com

Author: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Staff
Photo Credit: Dan Krenz, Brennan Lund, Brad Marriott, Craig Orvis, Alisa Siemens