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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