Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement hosts their Annual Banquet the last Saturday of April. Each year, community and non-community members show tremendous support with the night typically selling out at 600 members. The meal includes a shore-lunch style “all you can eat” walleye dinner, along with whole smoked pork and a selection of delicacy fish. Guests enjoy an evening of…. games of chance, stories at the bar, visiting various displays, bidding on auction items, investing in various raffles, but most importantly – discussing the up-and-coming open-water angling season. The highlight of the evening is announcing the winner of the Boat Raffle. Each year the group sells tickets offering a chance to win a Lund fishing boat, trailer and motor. Visit the “Banquet” page to find out more information on this year’s event. This social gathering is fun for all ages, and always anticipated by all SVSFE directors and volunteers.
In 2009, the group started accessing external funding more frequently to operate the projects portion of the organization. With fisheries related grants now available, SVSFE has been able to have seasonal technicians/staff carry out various projects, research and educational activities. By incorporating the love for fishing in our valley and encouraging families and individuals to explore and experience what our fisheries have to offer is how this group truly succeeds.
The main financial support for SVSFE’s project work 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.
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.” FWEF has been SVSFE’s 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.
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. SVSFE has received funding for summer students for several years now.
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 received $4,800 towards the purchase of arctic char eggs for stocking of our local lakes.
PartnershipsPartnerships with other entities open 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. Partners include:
- 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 (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.
You can support SVSFE’s initiatives by donating today! Most importantly, SVSFE is successful 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.