Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

February 04, 2012 19:30 ET

Minister Ashfield Announces a 2011 National Recreational Fisheries Award Winner in Quebec

GRANBY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2012) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced that Claude Bernard is a winner of a 2011 National Recreational Fisheries Award.

"As Mr. Bernard is committed to ensuring that recreational fisheries are preserved, so is our Government," said Minister Ashfield. "We are proud to honour the efforts of such dedicated volunteers who make such an important contribution to this tradition."

Mr. Bernard has made a rich and lasting contribution to recreational fishing and its legacy for all Canadians. Claude Bernard has been passionate about fly fishing for many years. During his career as a teacher, he introduced many students to fly fishing and fly tying, often devoting his lunch breaks to educate others.

He was the driving force behind the creation of the culturally important Canadian Fly Fishing Museum in Waterloo and co-founded the Québec-Maritimes Fly Fishing Forum which attracts more than 2,000 participants annually.

In addition, he has contributed his knowledge and passion to the creation and maintenance of streams suitable for fly fishing, such as the development of spawning beds, fish passages and other work on the North Yamaska River. He is currently leading development of a manual for the Pêche en herbe program for young sport fishers; a program that introduces children 9 - 12 years old to recreational fishing. Claude has worked tirelessly for the resource and to ensure others can experience recreational fishing.

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.

For information about the National Recreational Fisheries Awards and information about nominating a person or organization for an Award please visit our website at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/rfa-ppr/awards-prix_e.htm.

For Broadcast:

Minister Ashfield today announced that Mr. Claude Bernard is a winner of a 2011 National Recreational Fisheries Award. Canada's Recreational Fisheries Awards were created in 1989 to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations in areas such as recreational angling, community leadership, restoring and enhancing fisheries and fish habitat or promoting conservation and sustainable recreational fishing.

Internet: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-990-7537

    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474