Blue Fish Radio is produced and hosted by Lawrence Gunther (www.lawrencegunther.com). The show features interviews with people that have expertise and first-hand knowledge about fishing, fish and aquatic ecosystems. Lawrence Gunther applies his expertise, experience and engaging style to both educate and entertain listeners. Each show lasts 30 minutes and is streamed by a number of broadcasters.
Production and distribution of the Blue Fish Radio Show is intended to share valuable lessons and successes so more people can become stewards of their aquatic resources. By empowering local champions with knowledge, future generations of fishers will have the opportunity to pursue the tradition of fishing, and by doing so, maintain a vital link between people and nature.
If you have a story to tell about how you made a difference in your community, or would like to nominate a local champion to be interviewed on Blue Fish Radio, please send an email to: email@example.com.
Mark Hume on Calls to End Catch-and-Release Fishing
Former Globe&Mail journalist Mark Hume recently penned a 4,000-word opinion piece that appeared in the Globe&Mail on June 12 2021 called “fish are caught in the middle of the catch-and-release debate”. It’s a brilliant examination of the history of angling, and why catch-and-release fishing is a justifiable and essential element of our conservation strategy. Mark is no stranger to exploring and sharing stories about fishing having written five books on nature with a 5th to come out later this fall. I reached out to Mark through a mutual friend, author and previous guest on The Blue Fish Radio Show, Bob Hooton. Link to hear my conversation with Mark as we discuss what prompted him to write the article, what groups are against catch-and-release fishing, and why we fish, on The Blue Fish Radio Show.
MP Bob Zimmer and the BC Public Fishery
MP Bob Zimmer has spent the last year travelling throughout B.C. to meet and speak with public fishers about their access concerns. His videos documenting his consultations have been watched over 450,000 times. Clearly, public fishery access along the B.C. coast is a hot topic, and no wonder given that it generates $1.1 billion of economic activity spread out over numerous coastal communities. Link to hear MP Bob Zimmer speak about what he’s learned on The Blue Fish Radio show.
Retired DFO Biologist Brian Tutty
Brian Tutty spent 38 years as a biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the vast majority of which was spent on Canada’s west coast. Brian still consults on public fisheries related matters some 13 years since. I asked Brian if he could give Blue Fish Radio listeners a review of decisions taken or not over the past 50 years that led to where we are today. What I learned was startling, but should not have come as a surprise. Link below to hear Brian Tutty’s reflections on how values about wild fish changed over the years, and why we need to turn to local and indigenous round tables at the local level if wild salmon are to recover on The Blue Fish Radio Show:
Federal Pacific Salmon Rescue Plan Details and Reactions. mp3
Lawrence Gunther asks conservationists and anglers their opinion about the recent federal $647 million Pacific salmon restoration fund. Aaron Hill from Watershed Watch Salmon Society and Tom Davis from the Public Fishery Alliance share their misgivings and expectations. Link below to listen to these back-to-back interviews and hear their many shared and unique concerns on The Blue Fish Radio Show:
Running the Coast with Jamie Howard
Jamie Howard from Howard Films recently released a three-part video series called “Running the Coast”. It took Jamie over four years of filming to document Striped Bass along North America’s east coast, and the people who seasonally celebrate these iconic fish throughout their journey. Filming also led Jamie on his own path of discovery as he came to learn that the future of Striped Bass is not a certainty. Jamie Howard is my guest on this episode of The Blue Fish Radio Show.
Sound Aquatic and Elin Kelsey
Eline Kelsey is the host of Hakai Magazine’s new five-part Sound aquatic Podcast. The series reflects growing interest around the world about how aquatic and marine animals communicate, navigate, hunt and avoid danger using sound. Water is five-times more efficient at transmitting sound, but has many limits on how light is transmitted. Elin is my guest on The Blue Fish Radio Show, and provided the different marine sounds we include in the podcast.
Big Uncle Kracker fan and just listened to his podcast. Now I'm a fan of Blue Fish Radio! Fun to hear someone combine their love of fishing and music. Lawrence did an amazing job meshing the two!
This a well done, fun and informative podcast. Thanks Lawrence!