Phi Morlock has a professional background in wildlife biology, environmental outdoor education, criminal law enforcement, and TV and print journalism. He is also the Government Affairs Chair for the CSIA and CNSF, sits on the board of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), and is an Honorary Member of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus.
In his role as Vice-President of Government Affairs/Advocacy for Shimano, he worked with politicians, the outdoor industry and fish and wildlife groups to help fight the many threats to traditional outdoor activities.
Hear Phil’s take on the state of fishing in Canada in his new series “Out in the Open.”
Out in the Open Episode 2: In Just a Few Decades, 50% of Canada’s Natural Resources Could Be Off-Limits.
If you enjoy hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, riding ATVs or mountain bike trails and a variety of other outdoor activities, you want to pay close attention. 25% of Canada’s lands and waters will be “protected” by 2025, and the goal is 50% by 2050. But the question is: protected from what, how, and for how long? Canada’s wealth of natural resources are the result of proven, science-based methods. The North American model of conservation is a set of principles which, when applied, has led to unprecedented success in restoring, managing and sustaining fish and wildlife habitat and species diversity. No other continent in the world can claim such a long term list of conservation accomplishments.
Out in the Open Episode 1: Does the Canadian Government Think We’re the Criminals?
Common threats to trapping, hunting, target shooting and fishing are all based on false images. These were first created by international animal rights and anti-use organizations, and have been adopted by Canada’s federal agencies. If you were to go to the Government of Canada public safety website, canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/campaigns/firearms, you would see a tagline that says “Reducing Gun Violence Together.” It features two photos. The visual impression is unmistakable. The government of Canada wants you to believe the people who hunt and target shoot are responsible for the criminal use of guns and gun violence. It’s an outrageous and absurd lie, but it shows how extreme the attack on outdoor heritage activities, including fishing, has become.