Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

February 17, 2014 19:38 ET

Minister Shea Congratulates James MacCarthy for his Contribution to Recreational Fisheries

A 2013 National Recreational Fisheries Award is presented to James MacCarthy for his commitment to conservation

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 17, 2014) - James MacCarthy was presented with a 2013 National Recreational Fisheries Award on Saturday, February 15, 2014 by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

James MacCarthy's untiring commitment to his community and province has spanned more than two decades and many facets of community life. He has built a reputation as a highly respected and listened-to advocate for the natural environment.

Affectionately known as "Mr. Coho," James MacCarthy has worked tirelessly to protect and restore threatened salmon stocks and revitalize once-neglected rivers and streams. These efforts include being the major force in the Coho Society of the North Shore for over two decades. He and his colleagues have been successful in actively involving citizens of all ages as stewards of their local streams, in raising awareness among community leaders, and in convincing political and business decision-makers of individual and collective responsibility towards their watersheds.

Through his work with the Coho Society, James MacCarthy has brought together many people and initiated a number of support groups to protect and revitalize the Lower Mainland's North Shore salmon streams. His leadership, energy and commitment have propelled the Coho Society to its position of excellence in the protection and rehabilitation of salmon habitat. A very important, lasting benefit is James' impact on programs directed at young people, such as Salmonids in the Classroom, stream monitoring, field days and Adopt-a-Fish outings.

By providing youth with an early understanding of the importance of the natural environment and exposing them through hands-on activities, James is helping to develop a new generation of informed, committed stewards of the resource. He has left a legacy that will continue for generations.

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 anglers take part in recreational fisheries each year, including over 400,000 tourists who come to Canada to fish every year.


"Our Government is proud to recognize dedicated volunteers 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."

"Recreational fishing is a tradition worth preserving and protecting for future generations. I offer my sincere congratulations to James MacCarthy for his outstanding contribution to recreational fishing in Canada."

The Honourable Gail Shea

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"Our salmon streams and rivers are a highly valued natural heritage and protecting and revitalizing them is a community mission shared by North Shore citizens of all ages. I am honoured to receive this award which recognizes and encourages all of us on the North Shore and elsewhere who share a commitment to protecting this important natural resource."

James MacCarthy

Recipient of the 2013 National Recreational Fisheries Award

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  • Leri Davies
    Strategic Media Relations Advisor
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada