Playing games with freshwater fishery

How does adding millions of young fish impact finite ecosystems?

In receiving increased funds, it’s time for the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. to re-evaluate their dated approach to recreational fisheries management, which is not a viable long-term solution for maintaining healthy ecosystems (Fishing License Revenue Flows Back To Lakes, PNR online, March 9).

How does adding millions of young fish impact finite ecosystems?

The far-reaching consequences on native systems resulting from unnatural fish stocking are abundant and not fully understood in each lake’s case.

With a shortage of reputable monitoring to assess, or even consider, the impacts of fish stocking on freshwater ecosystems, stocking programs give no attention to the overall health of ecosystems or their long term integrity. Instead, the only measurable criteria for success are the number of fishing licenses sold and happy fishermen.

But hey, if you want to play games with B.C.’s freshwater ecosystems, go fish.

Emily Mercer, North Saanich

Just Posted

False missile alert for Central Saanich councillor

While on vacation in Hawaii, Central Saanich Councillor Alicia Holman was awoken… Continue reading

Central Saanich police chase down speeding biker

A motorcyclist from the Lower Mainland was caught on the Tsawout reserve… Continue reading

Victoria airport nearing billion-dollar mark in economic impact

Airport has nearly doubled its passengers and its impact on the economy since 2005

More buoys allowed for Brentwood Bay

Proposed number rises from 40 to 60

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

Toronto man charged in double homicide

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Comox cannabis lab takes step forward towards reality

A former Comox Valley resident and current adjunct botany professor at UBC… Continue reading

Carpet bowlers have been excluded from BC 55+ Games and Canada 55+ Games

Gold medal carpet bowling winners not able to defend their titles in 2018

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries’ enacts smoking ban

Fines and extra patrols not happening at this time as ban begins Monday

Police to provide update on unsolved 13-year-old B.C. girl’s murder

IHIT say no one has been arrested or charged in connection with Marrisa Shen’s death

Most Read