SVSFE recognizes “strong partnerships” as their key to success
These relationships open up opportunities and broaden the group’s knowledge, resources and ability to work efficiently and effectively. These partners help share the group’s initiatives and help recognize what can be accomplished through “doing meaningful work to improve angling” (Ian Kitch).
- Government agencies (Federal & Provincial)
- Sport fish & game groups (ISFE, FLIPPR, etc)
- Local Cottage Owner Associations (Blue Lk, Singush Lk, Child’s Lk, Glad/Wellman Lk, Whitefish Lk)
- Local lodges & outfitters (Alpine Country Outfitters, Blue Lakes Resort, Wellman Lake Lodge)
- Various organizations (Conservation District, Trapper’s Association, Snowmobile clubs)
- Municipalities (Town of Swan River, Municipality of Swan Valley West)
- Academic institutions (SVRSS, UCN, ACC, U of M)
- Tourism Development (Swan Valley RISE, Roblin ED, Travel MB, Hooked Magazine)
- The Community (various businesses)
- And the growing list of individual volunteers.
Manitoba Fisheries Branch and SVSFE work closely to achieve goals. Maintaining relationships between fisheries staff throughout the province has developed a unique team and is why it works.
SVSFE raises funds and awareness at the Annual Banquet which is always held on the first weekend of May and through the Annual Boat Raffle. This event brings over 600 members out to enjoy a night of food, friends and activities, all to support the sport of fishing. It is a great place to share your fishing stories, eat fish, take part in the various auctions & games and learn about local fisheries. We receive generous contributions and support from all of our local businesses and volunteers! Thank you to everyone for your continuous support.
This year we are celebrating
SVSFE Annual Banquet April 27, 2019
Swan River Centennial Arena, Swan River, MB
Doors open at 5:00pm
Tickets are $50 each
The main financial support for SVSFE’s work today is through external funding. The extent of SVSFE’s integrated projects and programs would not be possible without these supporters. Funding is received on a project by project basis and continuous planning is essential. SVSFE has resourced funding from the following:
- Fisheries and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEF). The purpose of the fund is “supporting fish and wildlife initiatives, including projects, programs and studies designed to protect and increase fish and wildlife habitats and populations in Manitoba, and government fish hatcheries.” You can find more information on FWEF on their website: FWEF FWEF has been main source of funding since 2009, awarding over $1,000,000 to SVSFE’s work. A reminder to anglers, when you purchase a fishing license in Manitoba, a portion of your fee goes to the fund to enhance Manitoba’s fisheries.
- Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program (RFCPP). The program was “established to support multi-partner projects at the local level aimed at restoring recreational fisheries habitat in order to enhance the sustainability and productivity of Canada’s recreational fisheries”. SVSFE has received close to $60,000 from the program for spawning habitat improvement activities. Visit their website for more info: RFCPP
- Service Canada – Canada Summer Jobs. Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Application info can be found on the Service Canada wesbite
- Hunter & Angler Preservation Fund (HAPF). “The Hunter and Angler Preservation Fund (HAPF) is a voluntary program administered by the Manitoba Lodge and Outfitters Association (MLOA). The fund helps support causes that promote and preserve opportunities to hunt and fish in Manitoba, as well as supporting our non-profit operations and lobbying efforts.” SVSFE recently received $4,800 towards the purchase of arctic char eggs for stocking of our local lakes. More information about the HAPF program and MLOA can be found on their site: MLOA
The Love of Fishing
- But most importantly…..”WE DO IT” by incorporating the love for fishing in our valley and encouraging families and individuals to explore and experience what our fisheries have to offer. This is truly how this group succeeds.