Chilliwack student a standout in fisheries education


Chenoa Flack was granted a $1,500 scholarship to help further her fisheries education at BCIT.







lifelong drive to make a difference combined with a passion for the outdoors has earned BCIT student Chenoa Flack a $1,500 scholarship from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. The scholarship will further her study in the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program and help her pursue a meaningful career in fisheries conservation or research.

Growing up in Chilliwack, Flack enjoyed a childhood spent exploring BC with her family. Her appreciation for sport fishing and outdoor recreation began at an early age, including spending time fishing on the Vedder River and in the surrounding wild spaces.

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Biology from Thompson Rivers University, Flack volunteered with BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops which inspired her to work in conservation. In her first year at BCIT she discovered the world of fish ecology. She is currently volunteering at the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody.

My interests and hobbies have continued to gravitate back to the outdoors. Resource management is my true calling and will be a career that fosters my need for life-long learning and innovation,” says Flack. “I hope to use my genetics background and analytical skills in tandem with my new knowledge to help to solve current issues in our fisheries, such as infectious disease transfer and sea lice control.”

As a life-long outdoor enthusiast with a biology background, Flack’s interests have taken her through a variety of experiences gained through jobs in laboratory science and veterinary medicine. The combination of experiences paired with her educational background will provide a unique perspective for furthering the science of resource management.

“Many applications were from students in resource management and ecological restoration programs,” says Tammy Longbottom, HR Director, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. “There is a great deal of interest in the stewardship of our freshwater habitats and we are excited to support these students as they become strong contributors in the field.”

Since 2008, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has awarded over $66,000 in scholarships to 39 students. The scholarships recognize outstanding commitment to academic pursuits in the field of freshwater fisheries. Other students selected for a scholarship were Mark Frisson of Vancouver Island University, Katie Zinn of University of British Columbia and Kate O’Neill of BCIT and Simon Fraser University joint masters program.

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC scholarships are available to students enrolled in fish culture or natural resource management programs within a recognized post-secondary education institution in British Columbia. To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least their first year of post secondary studies and plan to continue as a student, with the intent of establishing a career in BC.

Scholarship applicants submitted a written or video essay outlining their experience, interests and chosen educational program, along with a transcript and resume. Students explained how their interests and chosen studies will support key goals of BC’s freshwater fisheries industry such as research and habitat conservation. Submissions were received from 17 students attending post secondary education institutions throughout the province.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was created in 2003 as a private, not-for-profit organization, funded mainly through freshwater fishing licence revenues. In partnership with the Province, the Society annually stocks eight million trout, char and kokanee salmon in 800 B.C. lakes. It also manages special hatchery programs for endangered species including white sturgeon, conducts fisheries research, education and conservation programs and works to make angling more accessible for all. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC receives 100% of fishing licence revenue to invest in research, infrastructure and services to support freshwater fishing in BC. To find out more, visit gofishbc.com.







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