New year, new fishing opportunities

2017 is a great year to get your family hooked on the Alberta fishing experience!

The 2017 Sportfishing Regulations come into force starting April 1 and with them come some new opportunities for recreational anglers in the province.

This decision was made based on several factors including data gathered from Fall Index Netting, information around fisheries management objectives and engagement with anglers and other interested members of the public. Continue reading

When Jacks Attack

One young girl in Drayton Valley got a shock when she was swimming in the area and had an encounter of the fishy kind. One of the pike in the lake bit her hand – while his motive was unclear, biologists from Environment and Parks sprang into action!

Taking the bait

Photos of the bite and a tooth collected during the incident were submitted as evidence in this case. The team determined this was probably a case of a northern pike (Esox Lucious) biting the swimmer’s hand – but needed to look deeper. Continue reading

FISHES in the Sky

helicopter photo 2We aren’t talking trout with wings – FISHES is a team dedicated to keeping fish in our future. The Southern Alberta Fisheries Habitat Enhancement and Sustainability (FISHES) Program was established in 2013 to find and address risks to the aquatic environment following the 2013 and 2014 floods.

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We Fish you a Happy New Year!

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Rainbow trout eggs are counted and put into a canister.

There were many moments of excitement and curiosity in 45 schools across Alberta last week. The 10,000 students involved in the Fish in Schools: Raise to Release (FinS) program received some new classmates – 65 rainbow trout eggs!

Having reached the eyed egg stage of their life cycle, the rainbow trout were transported from one of Alberta’s fish culture facilities to the classrooms.

The eggs were carefully packed in a thermos and placed in a cooler, before they were driven by staff member, picked up by volunteers, or even sent in the mail to some schools! Continue reading

A whole new meaning to schools of fish

Classroom pets are not out of the ordinary – but have you ever seen a class raise 65 rainbow trout, then release them into the wild?

That’s exactly what 37 lucky schools across Alberta are up to this year with the Fish in Schools: Raise to Release (FinS) program. Through the program, teachers and students – from Kindergarten to Grade 12 – have the chance to watch the trout life cycle unfold – right before their eyes! It’s a unique opportunity to watch trout grow and learn about how they adapt to changing environments.

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