Conservation

Blue Fish Canada
Spring, 2019: Forest City Bassmasters (FCBM) has partnered with Blue Fish Canada (BFC) in an effort to further promote conservation in London and the surrounding area. Blue Fish Canada is a registered charity dedicated to protecting the health and future of Canada’s water and wild fish stocks. Donations can be made here. Support from Blue Fish Canada includes providing the club with a Fishing Tackle Recycler for tournament day use, to collect and recycle used fishing tackle such as line, lead weights and jigs, soft plastic baits, and other terminal tackle. Also providing each club member with a handy reference guide detailing “Ten Bass Tournament Conservation tips”.

Blue Fish Canada President, Lawrence Gunther (left) and FCBM Conservation Director, Matt Fryer (right)

2018 Used Plastics Recycling
We handed off our collection of used plastic baits to Brad Andrews from Erie Bassmasters who will recycle them into new baits. Forest City collected 19 lb of used plastics for 2018.

FCBM Conservation Director Matt Fryer (left) and Erie Bassmasters Brad Andrews (right).

Forest City collected 19 lbs of used plastic from its members in 2018.

Brad Andrews from Erie Bassmasters turns the used plastics into new baits!


Non-Piercing Conservation Culling Tags
Forest City Bassmasters has now moved to conservation non-piercing culling tags only for its tournaments (By-law enacted November 2018).

Forest City is participating in the “Pledge to Pitch It” program. Members pledge to collect their used plastic baits for proper disposal or recycling. Most collected baits will be re-melted and turned in to new baits.

Ontario Students Enjoying Elliott’s Hatchery Program
August, 2017: John Neporadny’s piece on bassmaster.com highlighting FCBM member Richard Elliot’s work with Ontario students. Richard has been placing mini salmon egg hatcheries in elementary schools across the province. See:
https://www.bassmaster.com/news/ontario-students-enjoying-elliott-s-program

Tournament Weights Submitted to Local Conservation Authorities
October, 2015: Tournament weights and creel surveys for 2015 have been submitted to the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (URTCA) (for Fanshawe and Wildwood Tournaments) and to the Grand River Conservation Authority (for our Conestogo Tournament). These surveys help better their understanding of lake health and fish populations.

Springbank Dam Removal Petition
April, 2015: Forest City Bassmasters supports the Thames River Anglers Association petition to have Springbank Dam removed. We encourage all our members and others to read and sign the petition at:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/decomission-springbank-dam.html

The petition can also be signed in person at Angling Sports.

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