TOFINO – The Tofino Resort and Marina will host a catch and release fishing derby this coming weekend to help raise funds for the conservation of wild salmon.
It will be the third annual Fish for the Future tournament to be hosted in Tofino and will take place from 25 to 27 September, with the actual derby taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
More vessels will be in the water during the derby to measure catches, rather than bringing the catch ashore to be weighed.
With wild salmon populations on the decline in BC, the resort says it hopes the catch and release-style tournament will symbolize a sustainable way of fishing for the enjoyment of future generations.
“We really want to be able to experience wildlife and fishing without harming the species and populations that are out there,” said Belle McCarthy, marine operations manager for Tofino Resort and Marina.
The derby is part of the Fish for the Future Fund, which is a year-round fundraiser created by the marina to help protect wild salmon and their ecosystem in the region.
The Tofino Resort and Marina has partnered with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, with 100% of the money raised during this weekend’s tournament going to several Clayoquot Sound watershed projects.
In 2019, the Fish for the Future derby raised over $ 55,000 for salmon conservation efforts.
For more information or to register for Fish for the Future, visit the Tofino Resort and Marina website here.