A 2014 national recreational fisheries award is presented to Ted Brookman for his commitment to conservation
November 28, 2014 – Nanaimo, British Columbia
On behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Sue Farlinger, Regional Director General, presented Ted Brookman with a 2014 National Recreational Fisheries Award on November 28, 2014.
Mr. Brookman’s tireless commitment to his community and province has spanned many facets of community life; he has willingly shared his knowledge, resourcefulness and outdoor enthusiasm by contributing his time and taking a leading role with numerous organizations throughout the years.
Mr. Brookman spent four years as President of the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) for the Vancouver Island Region, and has worked diligently to transform recreational fisheries through collaborative efforts between the BCWF and like-minded stakeholders. In 2011, Mr. Brookman was presented with the Bill Otway Award as Most Effective Regional President, due in no small part to his heavy involvement with fisheries issues.
He has dedicated his life to British Columbia’s regional recreational fishing community and advocated for open access to freshwater and marine fisheries. Mr. Brookman holds a seat on the South Coast Sport Fishing Advisory Board as well as on the Main Board and is currently the president of the Mill Bay Conservation Society – a group that enables a large run of Coho salmon from the Shawnigan Creek system. Mr. Brookman has also been extremely involved in the Cowichan Valley Management Committee and has offered his services as Director of many volunteer organizations. His work as a fisheries ambassador and educator is considerable.
Mr. Brookman’s passion also extends to providing youth with an early understanding of the importance of the natural environment and exposing them through hands-on activities by hosting fishing seminars and demonstrations. Mr. Brookman continues to inspire future generations to keep informed and to follow in his footsteps, as he continues to lead the way in the development of our national recreational fishing industry.
- Canada’s National Recreational Fisheries Awards were created in 1989 to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations in areas such as recreational community leadership, restoring and enhancing fisheries and fish habitat or promoting conservation and sustainable recreational fishing.
- Recreational fishing represents an important economic, social and cultural contribution to Canada. According to the most recent survey on recreational fishing in Canada, recreational fishing contributes approximately $8.3 billion to local economies across Canada. Approximately 3.3 million adult anglers take part in recreational fisheries each year, including over 400,000 tourists who come to Canada to fish every year.
- As part of the National Conservation Plan, with funding from Economic Action Plans 2013 and 2014, the Government of Canada is investing $25 million in its new Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program. Under this program, the Government of Canada partners with local groups to implement a variety of projects that restore, rebuild or rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat.
“Our Government is proud to recognize dedicated volunteers such as Mr. Brookman for their outstanding commitment to conservation of resources and to recreational fishing. Their efforts to protect fish and fish habitat and to promote recreational angling help preserve our important resources for future generations to enjoy. I offer my sincere congratulations to Mr. Brookman for his outstanding contribution to recreational fishing in Canada.”
The Honourable Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
“It is an honour to receive this award. I am particularly gratified to be recognized in the same year as Tom Protheroe, who has played such a foundational role in promoting and sustaining recreational fisheries in our province. I also believe profoundly in the collective vision we have for recreational fisheries in B.C. and in the importance of ensuring public access to a public resource. Assisting in the work of reconstructing habitat, building fish populations and ensuring that this is a sustainable resource now and for the future has always been a true passion of mine.”
Recipient of the 2014 National Recreational Fisheries Award
- For more information about the National Recreational Fisheries Awards and nomination process, please visit our website.
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