The province is launching a new, interactive website called Lake Information for Anglers to celebrate World Fisheries Day.
Launching Saturday, the site will be home to accessible information for anglers to plan their next fishing trip — including details about fishing divisions, lake contour maps, fisheries assessment summaries, aquatic invasive species and boat launches for numerous drive-to lakes in Manitoba.
"Over time, additional information will be added to this website to further assist Manitobans and visitors explore the world-class recreational fisheries that Manitoba has to offer," said Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba's agriculture and resource development minister, in a statement.
The announcement comes on the heels of recent investment from the government to certify Manitoba’s commercial fisheries.
Currently, Waterhen Lake is the only fishery with eco-certification status in the province, which means the fishery is managed sustainably and ensures commercial fishers will continue to have access to competitive global markets.
That's why the province has also approved a $20,000 grant to support Cedar Lake Fisheries Inc. in receiving a Marine Stewardship Council certification assessment.
"We are pleased to support commercial fishers on Cedar Lake who have taken many actions to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks over the past 20 years," said Pedersen.
"Cedar Lake is Manitoba’s fourth largest commercial fishery and generates over $3.8 million in value to Manitoba’s economy through commercial and recreational fishing activities."
New Lake Information for Anglers website can be seen at www.manitobafisheries.com.