We realize things are difficult right now due to the health fears related to Covid-19. Canadian anglers are also faced with financial worries, fishing access closures, and recommendations to “stay at home.”
We are all operating in uncharted waters. Because of this, guidelines and restrictions are changing daily. But what seems to be a common sentiment is that the sooner this ends, the sooner we can get back to normal, even if it’s a “new normal.”
Fishing has been and always will be important to the mental wellbeing of Canadians. It is an ecologically sound method of putting healthy food on the table and a crucial part of the Canadian economy. Now, and always, we will fight to Keep Canada Fishing.
To help us all get through these trying times, Keep Canada Fishing has compiled a Code of Conduct based on the current recommendations of health officials. These guidelines may change as the pandemic evolves. We will keep you posted. Please keep us alerted to the issues you are facing in your own communities.
10 Guidelines for Anglers During the Covid-19 Pandemic
- Adhere to all travel advisories and self isolation requirements. Under the Quarantine Act, you must isolate for 14 days if you have symptoms, you have been diagnosed with Covid-19, or you have been traveling. If you feel unwell, do not go fishing;
- Conduct your fishing activities as close to your home residence as possible. Plan for a day trip rather than an extended vacation. If you cannot, consider rescheduling your fishing activities;
- If you must travel beyond your home community, totally provision your trip from your community of origin. Do not plan on buying food, drinks or even fuel after you begin your trip and until you return home;
- Ensure you have all the necessary supplies to keep you safe including life jackets and a first aid kit. Let somebody know where you will be fishing and when you will return home and check in with them upon your return;
- Only fish with members of your household or by yourself. Please remember that there are restrictions on the number of people who can gather at one time;
- Adhere to all municipal, First Nation community, provincial and federal closures and restrictions. Educate yourself about these restrictions. For example Parks Canada has suspended camping, group activities, and events across the country until at least May 31, 2020, and many provinces and counties have closed parks and public access to lakes and rivers;
- As recommended by Health Canada, practice physical social distancing by keeping a distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) between you and others at all times;
- Consider wearing a non-medical mask or face covering when social distancing is not possible in public spaces;
- Practice proper hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus, especially around communal areas. Handwashing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds is recommended. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- Outdoor businesses are suffering. Consider ways to support your favorite outdoor retailer, tour company, or tackle shop, like buying a gift certificate or ordering online when possible.