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Walleye, Plains bison, Big Bluestem become provincial emblems

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Manitoba anglers just love hooking into a fat, green walleye, so it makes sense that it’s been chosen as the official fish of the province.

The walleye beating out the sturgeon and northern pike in a vote by anglers and a provincial advisory committee.

"Following extensive public input, Manitoban's voices were heard loud and clear; they love to fish, and whether they call it a walleye or a pickerel, there's no question this fish represents a huge part of our provincial history," Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said this morning.

"From a child's first fish, to one pulled in from a commercial fisher's net, nothing represents a Manitoba catch like the walleye."

Along with the provincial fish, the Manitoba government also added two more symbols to help define the province's heritage and history.

The Plains bison was named as the provincial mammal and Big Bluestem was selected as the provincial grass.

"The bison has long been a symbol of the province and we have proudly added the walleye and Big Bluestem grass to reflect our rich history and natural resources," said Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux.

The choice of the walleye will be recognized in law through legislation to be introduced today by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh.

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