The economic effect of winter fishing on Lake Winnipeg

Lake Winnipeg over the past 15 years has become a popular place for winter fishing, and the results of a recently published market study paint a powerful picture of the impact of recreational fishing on the region's economy.

At the request of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, Winnipeg-based Probe Research surveyed more than 700 fishermen who were fishing in Winnipeg Lake in winter.

The bottom line: a “green” approach to Lake Winnipeg means big money in Manitoba’s economy. That means much more dollars than the commercial fish industry, which historically dominated the lake with an approach that led to the fact that salmon was on the verge of extinction.

“During the fishing season, I could probably fill two more hotels,” says Andrea Gruyters, general manager of the Canalta Hotel in Selkirk, Manitoba.

Some of the highlights of the survey:

Nearly 100,000 adult fishermen have fished on Lake Winnipeg and its southern tributaries over the past two years. These fishermen spent $ 221 million - direct expenses. These expenses added $ 102 million to the province’s gross domestic product and $ 44 million in wages, supporting more than 1,500 jobs and $ 52 million in taxes.

For comparison, the commercial fishing industry of Lake Winnipeg for two years contributed $ 29 million in GDP, supporting 696 jobs - $ 20.5 million in wages and $ 8 million in tax revenues.

At the same time, commercial fishermen caught more than 10 million pounds of fish from Lake Winnipeg every year from 2000 to 2010, and to date, that number has dropped to less than 6 million pounds.

“The problem of reducing fish stocks in Lake Winnipeg is a direct result of commercial fisheries policies that are not based on science,” said Dr. Brian Kotak, Managing Director of the Wildlife Federation of Manitoba.

The task, he said, is to find a sustainable balance that will not occur without changing the methods of managing the lake. 

Volkswagen Atlas - European vehicle for North America
Winnipeg Lake winter fishing Manitoba
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Car Theft
Car theft is a growing problem in Canada, a new report from the Canadian Insurance Bureau says that picky car thieves are increasingly targeting Ford trucks and high-end SUVs. At the same time, the total number of car thefts continues to grow throughout the country. A carjacking victim has his vehicle back after it was stolen at gunpoint at a Keewatin Street gas station Wednesday morning. A 27-year-old man says he was approached by a male at a gas station...
Society
Everyone loves movies, but free outdoor movies – even better! Every Friday evening during the month of August, Assiniboine Park will feature free family entertainment on the Lyric Lawn. They’ll be screening favourite summer blockbusters on a cinema-style outdoor screen. All you have to do is bring a chair, blanket, and some snacks. The earlier feature will usually be a kid-friendly movie, with the late feature a bit more tailored to an older crowd. This we...
Winnipeg Night Market
Yes, it is back! The Downtown Winnipeg Night Market is happening in just one week! The Downtown Winnipeg Night Market will take place on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. The market takes place on Kennedy Street between Portage Avenue and Graham Avenue, down Graham Avenue and at Manitoba Hydro Plaza. Here a list of the fun things you can do at the Night Market: Farmers’ Market vendors on Manitoba Hydro Plaza 5pm-11pm Beer garden on Rudy’s Pa...
Society
Among dozens of great festivals and other events, The Ribfest is one of the most anticipated events in Winnipeg! The 2019 RibFest presented by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg takes place from August 23 – 25 at The Forks! There will be various food vendors offering ribs as well as other alternatives. Admission is FREE! Head to http://www.ribfestwinnipeg.ca/coupon/ to print out a coupon to save $3 on a 1/2 rack rib dinner! Valid August 23 from 11 am – 5 pm only....
Incidents
Many residential fires occur because of the tenant's fault or negligence of fire safety and common sense. But, sometimes, it is just an accident. On Sunday, August 18th a fire occurred in a vacant North End building. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a vacant two-storey house in the 600 block of Pritchard Avenue. One of the firstresponreds got injured during the search mission inside the building. Initially, upon...
Lightning Strike
Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. 13 people were taken to hospital after a lightning strike during a powwow on a Manitoba First Nation. The Prairie Mountain Health Region says in an email that a large tent blew over Friday night at the Ebb and Flow First Nation. When people rushed to pick it up, lightning hit. EMS assessed 25 people at the scene and 13 people were sent to Ste. Ros...
Society
This summer the Assiniboine Park offers plenty for fun and creative time with friends and family from free movies on Fridays to various masterclasses from handcrafts to cooking classes. And soon the Brew at the Zoo at the Assiniboine Park Zoo will feature the craft brewery industry in an adults-only after-hours event. The event will showcase the growing craft beer industry. You’ll be able to enjoy samples from craft breweries and food trucks. Beer not for...
Road Construction
Winnipeg authorities published a list of streets and roads that will be repaired this year. At least 56 streets and 11 back alleys likely won’t be fixed in Winnipeg this year, thanks to funding spat between the City and the Province. The city administrators told the infrastructure committee Thursday morning that 34 local roads will be repaired in 2019. Starting this Sunday, southbound Empress Street is closing for months-long construction. From August 18 u...
Free Movies
Everyone loves movies, but free outdoor movies – even better! Every Friday evening during the month of August, Assiniboine Park will feature free family entertainment on the Lyric Lawn. They’ll be screening favourite summer blockbusters on a cinema-style outdoor screen. All you have to do is bring a chair, blanket and some snacks. The earlier feature will usually be a kid-friendly movie, with the late feature a bit more tailored to an older crowd. Today th...