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With the financial assistance of the Fisheries and Wildlife Enhancement Fund, the MLOA contracted Probe Research to undertake of comparative study of hunting regulations and wildlife management strategies across Canada and selected American states. There are a number of areas where Manitoba compares favourably, and other areas where Manitoba can do better. The good news is that some of those areas of improvement are already being worked on by our government. Read the Probe Research report here.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s tourism industry is bracing for at least one more month of a non-essential travel ban between Canada and the United States.
The two countries have reached an agreement that will keep border restrictions in place until June 21, even as economies on both sides of the border slowly reopen.
It doesn’t come as a surprise to fishing lodge owners and outfitters, but that doesn’t make the situation any easier to deal with.
“It does create a great deal of angst for our fishing industry, especially our lodges and our outfitters,” said Brian Kotak, executive director of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association.
The organization estimates U.S. visitors represent 90 to 95 per cent of the industry’s business. Northern Manitoba lodges located above the 53rd parallel remain off-limits for people who don’t live in the region, meaning they’re still out of reach even to many potential clients living within the province.
“Of course those lodges in the north can’t receive any guests from the south whether it’s from the U.S., Ontario, Saskatchewan or anywhere else,” said Kotak.
Travel Manitoba president and CEO Colin Ferguson said popular tourist destinations such as Churchill could also feel the effects of the continued travel ban, with this summer’s beluga whale-watching season a key concern.
The head of Economic Development Winnipeg, the parent of organization of Tourism Winnipeg, said museums, attractions and restaurants also all rely on cross-border tourism – prompting the organization to shift its messaging.
“We know that there will be an impact,” said president and CEO Dayna Spiring. “We typically have campaigns that encourage people in North Dakota and Minnesota to come to Winnipeg – the dollar is an advantage for them, there’s great things to see and do, there’s great shopping to be had.”
“We’ve had to really pivot and change what our campaign looks like this year and this year it’s going to be about Manitobans. Doing a staycation.”
Tara Davis, owner of Tara Davis Studio Boutique, just reopened the doors to her Exchange District shop. It draws local customers and tourists looking for souvenirs and locally-made art.
Davis expects continued border restrictions will have a ripple effect on her business, especially come summer.
“It really shifts to American tourists away from the locals because a lot of us go to the cottage in Winnipeg,” she said.
Davis is just happy her shop is able reopen and looks forward to welcoming local customers and – when the time is right – tourists.
“For business, sure, I’d like people to come but I think for the safety of all Manitobans it is good to keep the border closed right now.”
05/08/20US Border Closures, Travel Restrictions and Obtaining a Fishing LicenseUS Border ClosureSince March 21, all non-essential (sorry, this includes fishing and hunting) travel between the US and Canada has been prohibited. There has been speculation circulating for weeks now about specific dates for re-opening the border. These are just rumours. Once Canada and the US agree on a re-opening date, our governments will make the official announcement along with any conditions that may accompany the re-opening. When this official announcement is made, we will post the information. Your lodge and outfitter will also contact you.Travel Restrictions When Entering Manitoba from Other ProvincesWhile strongly discouraged to do so, Canadians and people from other countries are allowed to travel to Manitoba. However, our current State of Emergency under the Emergency Measures Act and Public Health Orders require any person (with some exceptions such as those transporting goods and materials in or through Manitoba and who do not show symptoms of COVID-19, those that provide vital services and as specified in the Public Health Order, people traveling for emergency health services and more (see a complete list in the order) MUST self-isolate for 14 days until such time as the order is terminated.Travel Restrictions to Northern Manitoba
Travel to northern Manitoba (north of the 53rd parallel of latitude) and to remote communities that are not connected to the provincial highway system by a year-round all-weather road is prohibited until the orders are terminated by the chief provincial public health officer. The orders will continue to provide for some exceptions to this prohibition, including people who live north of the 53rd in Manitoba and who are returning home deliveries of goods and services vital to the north (as listed in the order) and people traveling north for employment for a vital business (as listed in the order).Obtaining Your Fishing LicenseFor non-residents (other Canadians) foreign residents (international travellers) coming to Manitoba to fish, you can now obtain your fishing license on-line (www.manitobaelicensing.ca) in advance of your trip and from the comfort of your home. We highly encourage you to obtain your fishing license on-line, as many of our lodges and outfitters are not able to do this for you when you arrive, due to lack of internet (or poor internet) and other requirements. Manitoba no longer offers paper-based fishing licenses and the only way to obtain them is via the internet. For those coming to hunt, your Outfitter will still provide your hunting license and tags when you arrive. Non-residents and foreign residents are not permitted to purchase Manitoba hunting licenses on-line.
Dr. Brian Kotak, Executive Director
Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters AssociationP.O. Box 70084, RPO Kenaston
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0X6
(204) 772-1912 (office)
(204) 345-4835 (cell)
Fishing season is scheduled to open.
2020 Fishing Season Open/Close Dates: Southern Division – Season opens May 9. Generally closed from April 6 to and including May 8. Northwest Division – Season opens May 16. Please remember your social distancing from other fishers.
This year licenses will be available as E-Licenses on line. You can now buy your fishing, hunting and provincial park permits on line. It is a good idea to go online and set up your account ahead of time. When they open the season it is going to be a rush to get your license. Manitoba has now joined most of the other provinces to offer E – Licensing. Check it out here.
Jim Schocky has a very important message for all of the Lodges and Outfitters. Please take a moment to listen to what he has to say.
Safari Club International STATEMENT ON COVID-19 Washington, DC – (MARCH 18, 2019) – While the U.S. and the rest of the world navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Safari Club International (SCI) is actively monitoring the disruptions the pandemic is wreaking on the global hunting community. Our global membership at SCI includes hunters, outfitters, guides, and operators who will all likely face unforeseen restrictions that will have a negative impact on many businesses in the industry.
In order to help all of our members mitigate the economic impact from the coronavirus, we encourage everyone to check in with relevant authorities regarding rapidly changing travel restrictions, border closings, and business closures. In addition, we encourage all hunters to communicate problems concerning scheduled hunts with all relevant stakeholders as soon as possible so that contingency planning can be done as smoothly as possible.
While the length of this crisis is unknown, SCI is aware of the plight of members in places currently at the peak of their hunting season like New Zealand and Argentina, which are currently under quarantine or quarantining foreigners, respectively. West, Central, and Southern African countries are all currently hosting early hunting seasons while facing an unknown future, with additional seasons scheduled to start over the next several months. Due to the extensive planning many hunting trips require, a number of additional hunting seasons in the summer and fall may also be at risk of low participation if severe travel restrictions continue.
Though times are uncertain for hunters and the hunting industry, it is important that every member and stakeholder in our community come together to support one another. The global spread of the coronavirus will not deter anti-hunters from their attacks on our way of life, so it is important that hunters use this time to maintain our reputation of leadership in social responsibility. In the meantime, SCI will continue to fight in every available avenue for the protection of our right to hunt, so that when this crisis is over we can all freely return to pursuing our passions in the outdoors.
Barbara Crown operates SCI’s Hunter Information Service, providing members information on hunting-related activities and travel. With 20 years’ experience reporting on hunting news worldwide, she is following the effects of COVID-19 developments on the hunting industry. She can be reached at [email protected], at 800-997-0179 or 520-798-4859.
Additionally, SCI’s member-exclusive Hunter Information Service has made its COVID-19 advisories available to the public at safariclub.org.
### Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
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The Manitoba government says it’s throwing out paper-based outdoor licensing in favour of online shopping for hunting and angling licenses and provincial park vehicle permits. On Monday, the government announced new legislation that will move provincial sales of outdoor licenses and permits online — which will cost consumers an extra few dollars at the check- out, and must still be printed out.
Hunting, fishing licenses and vehicle permits bought online will have added fee and need to be printed out. A $4.50 administrative fee will be tagged on to the cost of base license fees in order to support the new service delivery method, according to the release.
Manitoba is home to 92 provincial parks, spanning more than four million hectares of land and water. Before exploring the wilderness, users will be able to go online, create a customer profile and select the desired product or license, then head to the check- out — much like other 24/7 online shopping experience.
Upon making a purchase, a digital copy will be available for download from the customer’s account. A hard copy of a license must be printed out and carried while fishing or hunting so it can be presented upon request by conservation officers, according to the government news release.
Park permits must be printed for display on the vehicle’s dashboard.
Consumers will also be able to make licensing purchases online at Manitoba Conservation and Climate Change offices around the province and other participating retailers, which will be listed online.
The e-licensing process will also help improve data collection to support program management, the government said in the release.
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.
As a member of an informal working group concerned with the state of the fishery on Lake Winnipeg, MLOA and several partners (Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund, Fish Futures, Manitoba Wildlife Federation, Travel Manitoba, Hooked Magazine, Seven Oaks Game & Fish, Walleye Anglers Association of Manitoba, The Wildlife Society and Kamooki Lures) conducted an economic impact study on the value of the recreational Lake Winnipeg walleye fishery. The study was conducted by Probe Research on behalf of our partners. Over the two years of the study (2016-18), anglers spent over $220 million, contributing a whopping $52 million to Manitoba’s GDP, $44 million in wages and supporting almost 1,400 jobs (person years of employment). The contribution of the recreational anglers and tourism to the economy for just one species (walleye) dwarfs that of the commercial fishing industry by more than 3 times, while catching only 4% of walleye biomass (and more than 50% of those fish are released) compared to the commercial industry.
It is everyone’s responsibility to stop the spread of
Aquatic Invasive Species in Manitoba’s water bodies
Zebra mussels were discovered in some of our province’s water bodies in 2013, however, prior to that Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) existed in our province. Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association (MLOA) had quickly taken an active interest in preventing the spread of AIS throughout Manitoba and beyond. Our members, whether fishing and hunting outfitters, accommodation resorts or eco tourism operators, are business owners who depend on a healthy ecosystem to conduct their businesses for the enjoyment of their customers as well as all others wishing to use our wilderness resources.
AIS can either live in freshwater or marine environments. The majority of the species of concern to Manitoba, such as Zebra mussels, Spiny Water Flea and Rusty Crayfish are freshwater species.