Fish forum aims to net locals

The Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia will host an open house in Port Hardy.

  • Thu Nov 15th, 2012 5:00pm
  • News

PORT HARDY—The Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia will host an open house in Port Hardy Sunday, Nov. 18, to gather the views of local anglers on the recreational fishery in B.C.

The open house, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre, is one of several being hosted by SFI in the province leading up to its annual Policy Conference and fundraiser gala in Richmond Dec. 6.

Topics at Sunday’s open house include issues that affect local anglers and sport fishing opportunities on North Vancouver Island, including chinook, halibut, catch monitoring, guide certification and more.

SFI representatives will give an overview of activities and provide relevant information while seeking input from the public.

The open house is free to attend and all are welcome.

The nonprofit FSI also hopes to garner support for its approval of an increase in halibut allocation to the recreational sector from 12 per cent to 15 per cent, a quota battle being waged currently in Federal Court. SFI, along with the B.C. Wildlife Federation, has been granted responder status in the court hearing.

Those interested in attending the SFI Policy Conference and/or the Big Splash gala fundraiser Dec. 6 at the River Rock Resort and Casino in Richmond can visit www.sportfishing.bc.ca for updates, information and to register.