Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 17, 2014 15:00 ET

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Recognizes Tom Protheroe for his Contribution to Recreational Fisheries

A 2014 National Recreational Fisheries Award is Presented to Tom Protheroe for his Commitment to Conservation

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 17, 2014) - On behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Mel Kotyk, Area Director - North Coast, presented Tom Protheroe with a 2014 National Recreational Fisheries Award on November 15, 2014.

For over 40 years, Mr. Protheroe has volunteered countless hours to represent both saltwater and freshwater anglers and the fish species they pursue. He has lent his considerable talents to many organizations in British Columbia including the Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB) where he has served in various roles since the early 1980s.

He was also an instrumental member of the B.C. Wildlife Federation through the 1980s. He represented B.C. resident anglers on the provincial Ministry of the Environment's Quality Waters review process (1999-2009) and helped deliver the Ministry's quality waters strategy. He was a founding member of the Steelhead Society of B.C. and has served as a director with the B.C. Federation of Drift Fishers.

As an original member of the regional Fisheries and Oceans Canada/SFAB Visions working group, Tom played a key role in establishing a recreational fisheries vision for B.C. His recent appointment to the Northern Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission and also his membership in the Northern Endowment Fund speaks to his abilities to look broadly across all fisheries, harvesting sectors and watersheds to find collaborative solutions to managing fisheries in a sustainable manner and within regulatory frameworks. The expertise he brings to the table will benefit Canadians for years to come.

His untiring and unwavering commitment to recreational fisheries makes him a deserving recipient of a National Recreational Fisheries Award. To sum up Mr. Protheroe, volunteering is his life, and fisheries, his passion.

Quick Facts

  • Canada's National Recreational Fisheries Awards were created in 1989 to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations in areas such as recreational community leadership, restoring and enhancing fisheries and fish habitat or promoting conservation and sustainable recreational fishing.
  • Recreational fishing represents an important economic, social and cultural contribution to Canada. According to the most recent survey on recreational fishing in Canada, recreational fishing contributes approximately $8.3 billion to local economies across Canada. Approximately 3.3 million adult anglers take part in recreational fisheries each year, including over 400,000 tourists who come to Canada to fish every year.
  • As part of Economic Action Plans 2013 and 2014, the Government of Canada is investing $25 million in its new Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program. Under this program, the Government of Canada partners with local groups to implement a variety of projects that restore, rebuild or rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat.


"Our Government is proud to recognize dedicated volunteers such as Mr. Protheroe for their outstanding commitment to conservation of resources and to recreational fishing. Their efforts to protect fish and fish habitat and to promote recreational angling help preserve our important resources for future generations to enjoy. I offer my sincere congratulations to Mr. Protheroe for his outstanding contribution to recreational fishing in Canada."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"I am very honoured and privileged to have been chosen to receive a 2014 National Recreational Fisheries Award. I have been very fortunate over a considerable number of years to work with not only great people in the recreational angling community but also with a number of great people within Fisheries and Oceans Canada. To me, this award is as much theirs as it is mine."

Tom Protheroe, Recipient of the 2014 National Recreational Fisheries Award

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Contact Information

  • Leri Davies
    Strategic Media Relations Advisor
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region
    (604) 666-8675