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Muskies Canada Inc. Celebrates 30 Years - by Ken TaggartMarch 4 2009

In the 1970s when Bruce Park, Burt Myers and the late John Power, gathered together a bunch of concerned Muskie anglers in Toronto, they had no idea of the legacy they were creatingÂ…

Muskies Canada Inc. now has 13 Chapters in 3 provinces and has recently exceeded 600 members. Having just celebrated our 30th Anniversary; Muskies Canada has become one of the longest running and most involved angling clubs in Canada.

Muskies Canada is much more than just a group of Muskie fisherman. With a long history of community involvement, conservation efforts and promoting Catch and Release, this little non-profit organization of volunteers has accomplished a great deal. We have participated in over 40 fisheries and conservation projects and raised thousands of dollars for conservation efforts over the last 30 years. It is quite an impressive list of accomplishments for a self-supporting group that averages 300 members.

The club is very proud of it's involvement at the community level, supporting groups including the Rotary Club, Royal Canadian Legion, Knights of Columbus, Police Associations and many local conservation groups. All of the chapters have events each year to clean up local waterways and launch facilities and most of the chapters also participate in local Kids Fishing events, offering clinic's and encouraging youth to get involved in fishing. The club also supports local causes including a Christmas Angel Tree program, supporting food banks and fundraisers like the Big Jim Raffle where they raised over $15000.00 for Jim McLaughlin and his family.

Muskies Canada has had the opportunity to be involved in the management of Ontario's Muskellunge fishery by providing Angler Log Data, member volunteer support, and supplemental project funding for various fisheries projects. We have working relationships with government agencies including the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Parks Canada and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. We are also proud of our involvement with several educational institutions including Carleton University, Sir Sanford Fleming College, Queens University, Trent University, State University of New York and the University of Illinois.

Muskies Canada members are in a unique position as we are the virtual "Canary in the Coal Mine", monitoring the state of the apex predator in many freshwater ecosystems in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Members record their angling efforts and results and this data is forwarded to the appropriate Ministry. This data is being captured for all waters containing muskellunge in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. By recognizing subtle declines in the muskellunge population, the data can alert fisheries managers to various issues with respect to a given water body. Currently only the Ontario data is being utilized but we remain hopeful the ministries in the other 2 provinces will recognize its value.

Some of our current initiatives are the 2009 Muskellunge Catch & Release Study; Lake Simcoe Muskellunge Restoration Project; St. Lawrence River Young of the Year Seining; Brewer Pond Restoration Project; initiation of the Dr. Ed Crossman Memorial Research Grant and installation of "Know the Difference" public education signs in the Kawartha Region.

We are really looking forward to the next 30 yearsÂ…

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