Friday, August 2, 2013

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A River of Opportunity

Local student picks up FFSBC scholarship

Submitted by Heather Leary,



he Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 scholarships. This year's recipients are Brianna (BJ) Bruder of Nanaimo, Alex Klingeman of Vancouver, and Daniel Krenz of Chilliwack.


FFSBC awards up to three scholarships annually, each with a value of up to $2,000. This year's winners will each receive the full award. Scholarships are available to students enrolled in fish culture or fisheries management programs within a recognized post-secondary education institution in British Columbia.

The three were selected from a group of 25 applicants based on a variety of criteria including a short essay outlining their career aspirations and how their experiences, interests and education will positively impact BC's freshwater recreational fisheries upon graduation.

Brianna Bruder's essay, titled "Finding my Place", highlighted how a childhood spent on lakes and rivers, in belly boats, and holding rainbow trout eventually led her to enroll in the Fisheries and Aquaculture program at Vancouver Island University. Brianna is looking forward to putting her past experiences and enthusiasm to work - not only to help protect the
environment for future generations, but also to inspire others to experience the outdoors as she has.

Alex Klingeman reveals how a passion for recreational angling drove him to learn everything he could to become a better angler. The more he uncovered about fish and fisheries management the more interested in the subject he became, leading him to volunteer at his local hatchery. Currently attending BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation diploma program, Alex is eagerly
anticipating his graduation this fall and a future in which he will continue to have a positive impact on recreational fishing in BC.

Daniel Krenz recalls how his very first fishing experience impacted the rest of his life, and drove him to help others experience the outstanding fishing that BC offers. Today, Daniel is working towards a Resource Management degree with an eye to working in any number of fields including environmentprotection, restoration and stock assessment or fisheries enhancement.

The FFSBC was created in 2003 as a private, not-for-profit organization, funded largely through freshwater fishing licence revenues. The Society works in partnership with Provincial fisheries managers to deliver fish stocking programs that support 50 per cent of all fishing in B.C. lakes, delivering between 6 and 8 million fish annually. It also operates conservation fish culture services for sturgeon recovery programs, and various initiatives to enhance participation and access, such as Learn to
Fish and Fishing in the City. Through these programs, the FFSBC is working to ensure BC has the most accessible, enjoyable and sustainable freshwater fishing in North America.

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