Membership in the SFI

A STRONG VOICE FOR THE RECREATIONAL FISHERY FOR OVER 35 YEARS. AN EVEN STRONGER VOICE FOR THE FUTURE.

Since 1980 the Sport Fishing Institute of BC (SFI) has represented the interests of 250,000 recreational anglers and related businesses to elected officials, management agency staff, other fishery sectors and the non-angling public. We have done this through lobbying, advocacy, collaboration, outreach, education and above all the ability to communicate our passion for the fishery, and its potential to provide positive benefits to Canadian businesses and families.

Over the years, and particularly recently, many changes have occurred in the fishery and the state of the resource it depends on. Throughout its existence the SFI has been a consistent advocate for recreational anglers, speaking with a strong, clear voice to protect the interests of our members. Without these efforts, the fishery and the publics access to fishery resources would look very different than they do today.

Looking ahead, the challenges we face continue to grow. Issues such as climate change, dwindling government resources, demonstrating the sustainability of our fishery through accurate catch accounting, and the push towards quota based fisheries have emerged to have potentially significant impacts on opportunities now and in the future. Allocation disputes, licensing and transport issues, and the chronic lack of government understanding of the social and economic benefits generated by recreational fishing still persist, and require sustained effort and attention to ensure a bright future for the sport.

Now more than ever, we need your support and membership as we face these challenges to demonstrate a strong, unified and determined voice for the sport fishing community. Increased lobbying activity and advocacy require resources. We need your assistance to help us ensure our fishery will continue to benefit BC communities and businesses for generations to come. Our experience, knowledge and commitment are recognized at all levels of government, but we need your help to carry the message to the decision makers who can make a difference.

 

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WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? AS A MEMBER, YOUR SUPPORT WILL ENSURE:

  • Consistent, effective, trusted lobbying efforts with both Federal and Provincial Governments. Access to the decision makers that matter because we know the fishery.
  • Representation of your needs in the development of fishery management plans.
  • The needs of the angling community are represented to Transport Canada.
  • Legal representation in areas that matter to you such as quota based halibut management and priority access to chinook & coho.
  • Fostering and supporting increased accuracy and efficiency of catch accounting. Understanding our catch and sustainable practices are the only path to a vibrant sport fishing future. No data means no fishing!
  • Education, outreach and increasing awareness of the value of our sport to the public and government.
  • World leadership in guide and charter excellence through certification.
  • The integration of connectivity and technology into your fishing experience through the Fishing BC App.
  • Increased awareness of our fishery through a dedicated online trip planner. Bringing your business and our fishery to key markets.
  • Access to expert advice and opinion in all aspects of the fishery through our annual industry conference, and any time on the phone or by e-mail.
  • Access to medical and dental insurance, liability insurance designed for our industry, plus manufacturer and service provider discounts.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

FAIRMONT VANCOUVER AIRPORT

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is the only soundproofed, luxury hotel and spa conveniently located within Vancouver’s International Airport(YVR). Special rates available for SFI and SFI CTAG members, quote your membership. Long term parking packages and special parking rates are available for SFI member guests.

PACIFIC GATEWAY HOTEL AT VANCOUVER AIRPORT

Discounted rates for SFI and CTAG members and their guests from $129.00/night. Refer to your SFI or SFI CTAG membership when booking a room or click here for SFI rates and here for CTAG rates.

SERVICES

ICBA

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is the only soundproofed, luxury hotel and spa conveniently located within Vancouver’s International Airport(YVR). Special rates available for SFI and SFI CTAG members, quote your membership. Long term parking packages and special parking rates are available for SFI member guests.

Coast Underwriters

CTAG members take note! Coast Underwriters have written a vessel and liability insurance program available only to CTAG certified members. A competitive rating that rewards best practices and standards of CTAG and includes unique, purpose specific options suitable for CTAG guides and sport fishing operations – click here for details. Please contact your local or preferred insurance broker for a quotation under this program. Ask your broker to get details and application for the CTAG policy at Coast Underwriters.

CMW INSURANCE SERVICES LTD.

CMW Insurance Services is proud to provide an exclusive travel insurance program for SFI members.  Your guests can be protected against costs associated with trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and other expenses.  Our program provides peace of mind for you and your guests, and CMW will make contributions to the SFI through the sale of our products and services.  Click here for more details.

go2HR

go2HR is the BC tourism human resource association that provides a wide range of tools and resources on recruitment, retention and training of tourism employees. Visit go2hr.ca and you’ll find details including:

A free tourism-only job board that attracts more than 40,000 job seekers each month.

Industry health & safety resources, i.e. Certificate of Recognition (COR) program.

FEDEX

As a member of the SFI, you are eligible for member discounts on select FedEx shipping services. Whether you are shipping within Canada, to the US or around the world, you can count on FedEx do deliver peace of mind and reliability. Sign up now for valuable discounts and savings!

TACKLE AND MARINE RETAIL

ISLANDER REELS

Use your SFI CTAG Membership identification to confirm your status as a professional guide – easy access to guide rates available at tackle stores that carry Islander reels.

MUSTANG SURVIVAL

CTAG-certified individuals are eligible to order discounted Mustang Survival products direct from local retailers. View costs and details here