Our Motivation

For over a century, recreational-fishing has remained at the core of what it means to live on the west coast; indeed, angling is a primary thread in the social and cultural fabric of who we are here in British Columbia. Over half of all British Columbia residents will go fishing at some point in their lives and while doing so will experience a wide-spectrum of emotions … from heart-pounding adrenaline-rushes, to revitalizing moments of tranquil reflection … as they reconnect with nature. Angling is enjoyed by young and old, people of all races and genders, and is an especially worthy and important activity to teach our children

Currently, this province’s saltwater anglers number well over 300,000 individuals and recreational fishing remains a vital economic-engine for our Province [1]. The public tidal and freshwater fisheries service industry and its ancillary businesses generate more than ten thousand jobs and two billion dollars or more annually to the Provincial economy[2]. With BC’s myriad of pristine lakes, rivers, streams and magnificent marine coastline, it is little wonder people flock here from many points around the world every year to enjoy our public recreational fisheries.

Unfortunately for our fish, and the millions of Canadians that hold our precious fish and fishery resource in such high esteem—much of BC’s precious fish-habitat remains at risk while our government continues to downplay our public fisheries in favour of ecologically dangerous activities.  

At SVIAC, we recognize clearly that if the perilous decline and unacceptable mis-management of our fisheries continues unabated; and if the failure of government to protect and restore vital fish habitat is not addressed immediately — soon there won’t be any fish left for our children.

Our founding members, Board of Directors and volunteers recognize the necessity that citizens from all walks of life must organize and unite! To speak with one unified voice holds sway, and building alliances with people and organizations is critical in having our voice heard. Bringing significant pressure upon government will lead to positive change, thus ensuring future generations will enjoy abundant healthy fish and superior fishing opportunities.

[1] The Province claims 7700 jobs @ $288-million to GDP. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/omfd/fishstats/sport/index.html ) people in directly related retail, tourism, guide-outfitter, and service industry jobs, generating an estimated $1.5-billion annually directly to the BC economy. $865-million according to Min. of Enviro (2007) ‘British Columbia’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector’ (pp.7)
[2] Freshwater Sport Fishing in British Columbia  Economic Impacts of Freshwater Sport Fishing in BC G S Gislason & Associates Ltd.  Sept. 2009 – states: 320,000 in 2005 with $480-million in angler expenditures; average angler spent $120.00/day;