Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) will be hosting a series of public engagement sessions this month regarding fisheries management and proposed regulatory changes. Topics covered in this engagement will include:
- management objectives and fishing regulation options for a number of waterbodies across Alberta;
- notification items on fishing regulations, which are necessary to achieve conservation management objectives; and
- updates on items from previously conducted engagements, such as Alberta’s walleye stocking program, new angling guide licensing, and the special harvest licence electronic-tag pilot, as well as describing options to address the additional stress on stream fisheries from the combination of low flows, high temperatures, and high angler effort.
There will be webinars focusing on regional, waterbody-specific regulations proposed for 2022-23. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these engagement sessions will be delivered as online webinars by AEP fisheries staff through Zoom. All webinars will include a question and answer period. For those who can’t attend, a recording of the webinar will be added to the Alberta Environment and Parks YouTube Page the next day.
Together, these public webinars will provide background information that will help inform the feedback Albertans provide on the 2022-23 Sportfishing Regulation survey, which will be available online on January 10 at 12:00pm. Further information on these sessions can be found on the Fisheries Management Engagement homepage. Details on the engagement site include webinar registration information, additional background materials, and a link to the online survey once it opens on January 10. When individuals pre-register for the webinar, they can also submit a question which may be answered at the beginning of the question and answer period.
As a valued stakeholder or partner in fisheries management, we would like to invite you to join these webinars and complete the online survey. We would also appreciate your support in forwarding and posting fisheries engagement information on your social media platforms – we will be sharing information on My Wild Alberta’s Facebook. We have included the direct registration links of the webinars below for your convenience. All webinars will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
January 12 – South Region Sportfishing Regulation Changes
January 13 – North Region Sportfishing Regulation Changes
January 19 – Provincial Fisheries and Sportfishing Updates