Originally published by CBC Edmonton, Sept 18, 2020

Written byTravis McEwan

Rebecca Anderson sits beside a tackle box in a shady spot along the shore of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. She watches her fishing partner standing in the sun on a rocky peninsula about 20 metres away as he casts the line and reels it in, over and over again.

She would have liked to have gotten far away from Edmonton for a summer vacation but COVID-19 restrictions sunk those plans. So when her partner convinced her to consider fishing as an activity the two could enjoy outdoors together, she purchased her first fishing permit.

As yet, Anderson hasn’t caught any fish but her interest remains afloat.

“All luck, I think, but I don’t have any experience and that’s probably why I think it’s hard,” said Anderson.

“It’s enjoyable. It’s relaxing. It gets you out of the house and away from the TV you’re constantly sitting in front of. If you go with friends and family, it’s good for bonding.”

To read the complete article about Marine Protected Areas on the west coast, visit https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fishing-alberta-pandemic-1.5726943.

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