Nominations Open for Manitoba Long Service Fisher Awards

By Brian Schultz

Nominations for the fifth annual Manitoba Long Service Fisher Awards opened Monday, honouring commercial fishers who have 50 or more years of industry involvement.

Manitoba Water Stewardship says the province’s $50 million commercial fishing industry includes more than 3,000 commercially licensed fishers and their employees.

The awards will be presented in co-operation with the Manitoba Commercial Inland Fishers Federation. Five Manitobans took home awards in 2010.

Nomination forms can obtained at or by contacting Manitoba Water Stewardship at (204) 945-6640.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 4, 2011.

The province also announced Manitoba’s first Winter Family Fishing Weekend — to be held February 19 to 21 over the Louis Riel long weekend.