CHANGES TO BAIT REGULATIONS IN AIS CONTROL ZONES
The Province of Manitoba is conducting a review of their Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations as part of its overall strategic plan. As part of that review, and based on concerns by anglers regarding the use and disposal of frozen bait in AIS control zones, the province recently provided the following clarification – “Commercially supplied dead bait that has not come into contact with water from a waterbody in an AIS Control Zone can be retained by anglers for future use. All live bait possessed in an AIS Control Zone must still be disposed in the trash before leaving the shore, as must any dead bait that has been handled (i.e. hooked) or come into contact with surface water from the lake.” MLOA members who offer guided angling in AIS control zones and who have comments or concerns on this or other aspects of AIS regulations are encouraged to send comments to the fisheries branch at [email protected] as soon as possible so your concerns can be incorporated into the 5-year AIS regulation review.
The City of Thompson is the first Manitoba community to complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The City of Thompson recently completed a two-part CWPP with assistance from the Manitoba Wildfire Program and the Office of the Fire Commissioner using FireSmart Canada’s guiding documents. Thompson’s CWPP (Part 1) was developed to ensure an organized pre-planned response to active wildfire threats. The Wildfire Mitigation Strategy (Part 2) is a proactive community protection response for the implementation of FireSmart concepts including vegetation management, public education and community development options.
As the first Manitoba community to complete a CWPP, Thompson’s plan can be used as a template for other communities. Elements of the plan include steps to reduce the risk of fire approaching a community, quick access to information such as a list of structures that would be targeted for sprinklers, identifying staging areas and shelters, and clearly defined roles of responding agencies.
The Canadian Federation of Outfitter Associations (CFOA) has released the first-ever study on the economics of Canada’s outfitting industry. In Canada, outfitting involves more than 4,000 businesses, employing over 37,000 Canadians who welcome over 300,000 clients a year from outside Canada. The full report is available on CFOA’s website. The study complied data for each province, and the following applies to Manitoba only:
- 300 outfitters in Manitoba
- 12,093 fishing clients and 20,451 hunting clients in 2017
- 2,410 jobs generated a labour income of $97M
- Taxes paid include $15M federal, $20M provincial, and $7M municipal
- Domestic client spending of $43M + foreign client spending of $156M
- $40M in operating costs related to outfitting for hunting and fishing
Making an Accessible Canada for People with Disabilities
Accessibility in Canada is about creating communities, workplaces and services that enable everyone to participate fully in society without barriers. Today, 3.8 million Canadians over the age of 15 (almost 14% of Canadians), identify as having a disability. The Government of Canada is introducing Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-free Canada. If passed, Bill C-81 would benefit all Canadians, especially Canadians with disabilities, by helping create a barrier-free Canada. This would be achieved through the proactive identification, removal, and prevention of barriers to accessibility wherever Canadians interact with areas under federal jurisdiction. This report mentions air and rail travel specifically, but no doubt the tourism industry will be impacted when new regulations are developed. The following link will provide more information:
Manitoba Sustainable Development advises that recent night patrols, including aerial surveillance, have identified several suspects involved in dangerous hunting and led to a number of charges.
On Dec. 10, 2018, officers patrolling near Ashern witnessed a vehicle driving down a municipal road, using a spotlight to light up areas just off the road. Officers watched as the occupants used the spotlight for over a mile, before they moved in and stopped the vehicle. Two males from Lake Manitoba First Nation face a number of charges including hunting at night with lights, hunting on private land without permission and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle. A 2017 Ford F-150 pickup truck, loaded rifle and spotlight were seized as evidence.
Later that evening, in the Western region, aerial surveillance observed spotlighting activity along PR 366, northeast of Inglis. Officers on the ground tracked the vehicle to the yard of a rural residence and found two males. One male from Alberta has been charged with hunting at night with lights and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and one male from the RM of Riding Mountain West has been charged with hunting at night with lights. A 2011 Chevrolet 3500 pickup truck, loaded rifle, other hunting equipment and a spotlight were seized as evidence.
Anyone with information about illegal activities is asked to call their local Manitoba Sustainable Development office or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-782-0076.
If you purchased a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit in 2018, you may find in the mail a request to participate in the Harvest Questionnaire Survey. Hunters are encouraged to respond, even if you did not hunt this year, to questions about their migratory game bird hunting experience during the 2018-2019 season.
The Harvest Questionnaire Survey is sent in the fall to approximately 45,000 randomly chosen hunters. It is used mainly to estimate the harvest of migratory game birds and hunting activity in Canada. A smaller group of hunters participate in the Species Composition Survey (or Wing and Tail Survey). Data from this survey are used, in combination with Harvest Questionnaire Survey data, to estimate the numbers that are hunted of each species of waterfowl and other game bird species, as well as the age and sex composition of the harvest.
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 29, 2018 – A new documentary series shares rare and unusual encounters with one of Canada’s most iconic animals while raising grave concerns about their future.
Doc Moose introduces viewers to Dr. Vince Crichton, internationally recognized expert on moose biology and management. During his over 40-year career at Manitoba’s Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch, and despite his best efforts, Dr. Crichton witnessed the species’ dramatic decline.
“We had a population of around 30,000 to 35,000 moose in 1982 when we seriously started our conservation efforts,” says the internationally recognized expert on moose biology and management. “Our goal was to grow that, but now province-wide we have less than 15,000 animals. “
Doc Moose is the latest offering from Electric Monk Media, an independent media company in Winnipeg’s Exchange District whose video and virtual reality portfolio include strong messages on reconnecting with the natural world. The series is on available free, on-demand to all Bell MTS Fibe TV customers and is available on YouTube and Vimeo:
Economic Study on the Lake Winnipeg Fishery Released
A rally was organized on October 23rd at the Manitoba Legislative Building to publicize the release of an economic study on recreational and commercial fishing on Lake Winnipeg. The study, conducted by Probe Research, found recreational and commercial fishing on Lake Winnipeg contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the province within the past two years.
There was $221 million in direct spending by anglers, which added $102 million to Manitoba’s GDP, $44 million in wages, $52 million in taxes and more than 1,500 jobs, the study said.
And the commercial fishing industry on Lake Winnipeg contributed $29 million to the provincial GDP, $20 million in wages and supported 696 jobs, Probe said.
See the Lake Winnipeg economic study results at:
Read the Winnipeg Free Press article by Jessica Botelho-Urbanski at:
Watch the Manitoba Wildlife Federation video coverage of the rally at:
Travel Manitoba has developed a diverse line-up of marketing opportunities for fish and hunt operators in 2019.
Our program is a cooperative program – we invest in custom content creation, traditional, social and digital media in bulk, and sell to you, our partners, for less. We create access to markets you might not otherwise be able to access, and we have a large and engaged audience which makes it easy for you to create awareness and drive traffic to your website. Your marketing partnership with us is your opportunity to showcase your destination, experience or event to a targeted audience.
New this year, we are offering custom editorials + photoshoots to help increase your inventory of content assets. Also new, our Fish/Hunt Event + Tournament Promotion.
Follow the below link to view our 2019 Partnership Opportunities. Fish/Hunt opportunities begin on page 50.
Chronic Wasting Disease is a sister to “mad cow” disease, and is confirmed in twenty-four US States, plus Alberta and Saskatchewan. It transmits through bodily fluids and is especially persistent and infectious in the clay soils, passing through dust, water, plants and trees. Recent research confirmed that macaques monkeys can be infected with CWD, suggesting that hunters should exercise caution and get informed. The MLOA is advocating for quick and convenient CWD testing for hunter-harvested animals in Manitoba, to help keep infected materials from the food and feed chains.