Go Fishing for Free on Family Fishing Weekend in British Columbia This Father's Day

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 15, 2012) - Family Fishing Weekend is here again. During the annual celebration of sport fishing in British Columbia, Canadians are encouraged to take family and friends fishing on Father's Day weekend (June 15-17, 2012) in freshwater and tidal waters.

"I encourage families across British Columbia to participate in tidal and freshwater recreational fishing on Family Fishing Weekend this Father's Day," said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. "Our government recognizes the value of this activity to British Columbians, and would like to encourage the next generation to discover the great sport of fishing."

"Fishing is a wonderful way for families to learn about the beauty of our province and experience this great sport," said Owen Bird, Executive Director of the Family Fishing Society of British Columbia. "Introducing young people to fishing is a key objective of the weekend. We are also committed to educating the public on the vital significance of fish and their habitat."

During Family Fishing Weekend, Canadian residents can go fishing in most of British Columbia's lakes and streams without first purchasing a fishing licence; residents can also try their hand at tidal water (saltwater) fishing. The Government of Canada is providing British Columbians an opportunity to sport fish without a licence in tidal waters on Father's Day weekend. This special opportunity authorizes catch and release fishing for salmon. Anglers wishing to retain a salmon will continue to require both a tidal water fishing licence and a salmon conservation stamp which can be purchased online at www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm.

All tidal water area fishing closures and recreational fishing limits and restrictions continue to apply on Family Fishing Weekend. Anglers should consult the Tidal Water Sport Fishing Guide for details: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/SFG-GPS-eng.htm. The Fraser River will be closed to fishing for salmon during Family Fishing Weekend.

In-season changes to dates, limits and gear may occur, and anglers should also check with their local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or web site http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.htm to confirm fishery openings. By informing yourself about these requirements, you are contributing to the conservation and stewardship of British Columbia's treasured aquatic resources.

For more information regarding Family Fishing Weekend, please visit http://www.bcfamilyfishing.com/default.htm.

For a list of community events throughout the province during Family Fishing Weekend, please visit www.bcfamilyfishing.com/events/index.htm

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British Columbians are encouraged to participate in Family Fishing Weekend, an annual celebration of sport fishing on Father's Day weekend (June 15-17, 2012). During the event, Canadian residents can fish in most of British Columbia's lakes and streams without first purchasing a fishing licence, plus try their hand at tidal water (saltwater) fishing. Some restrictions apply, particularly in relation to salmon and the Fraser River, so anglers should check with their local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit the web site http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.htm for more information.

Contact:
Lara Sloan
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Vancouver
Communications Advisor
250-363-3749

Barbara Mottram
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Ottawa
Office of the Minister
613-992-3474
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Owen Bird
Family Fishing Society of British Columbia
Executive Director
604-805-6554

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