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100% of Angling Licence Revenue to Benefit AnglersBy SportfishingBC,
For Immediate Release 2015FLNR0026-000296 March 9, 2015 Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations 100% of angling licence revenue to benefit anglers
VICTORIA – 100% of revenue generated from fishing licences will directly benefit anglers effective April 1, 2015, under an agreement announced today between the Province and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Under the agreement the total amount to be transferred to the society for 2015-16 will be approximately $10 million, an increase of about $3 million annually over what the society currently receives. Previously the society’s activities were focused primarily on stocking of smaller lakes. The additional funding will allow the society to work with provincial biologists to improve angling opportunities in small lakes, large lakes and rivers. This includes angler access improvements, stock assessment to help inform management decisions, and resources to enhance capacity for compliance monitoring and enforcement on both stocked and wild waterbodies. Surcharges on licences for the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund will not be affected by the new arrangement. The fund will continue to receive 100% of the licence surcharge dedicated to habitat conservation under the new arrangement. In 2003, the Province signed a 30-year contract with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC to be a non-profit delivery partner with a mandate to conserve and enhance freshwater fishing opportunities in B.C. The agreement is now amended to reflect the additional revenue that will be directed to the society. The society is now recognized as one of the most progressive and accomplished fisheries management organizations in North America generating economic benefits and providing world-class angling opportunities.
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations –
“The 12-year track record of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has been exemplary. Their excellence in service delivery, innovation, partnership building and operational efficiencies will only be enhanced by this increased support.”
Don Peterson, president, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC –
“This announcement is good news for the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and our partners, but it is great news for the province’s freshwater recreational fisheries! This will allow us to invest in recreational fishing opportunities and truly make fishing in B.C. even better.”
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC stocks about 800 waterbodies with over eight million trout, char and kokanee produced from the five provincial fish hatcheries operated by the society for that purpose. There are approximately 330,000 anglers throughout the province. There are 24 species of fish available for angling. Over 150,000 youth and their families have participated in the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s Learn to Fish program since its inception in 2006.
To learn more about the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC visit: http://www.gofishbc.com/
Greig Bethel Andrew Wilson
Media Relations Vice-President of Sport Fishing
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
Resource Operations 250 414-4204
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