is well known for its fishing opportunities, enjoyed
by residents and sportsmen around the world.
are 63 species of fish in the province, but only
18 of these species are preferred for food or
angling- including pike, walleye, bull trout,
sturgeon and arctic grayling.
to other parts of Canada, Alberta has a relatively
small number of fish-bearing water bodies. Eight
hundred lakes have naturally occurring fish populations
and 300 or so are stocked with fish by the Alberta
government. Because of the high ratio of anglers
per lake, the province has the third highest angling
pressure in Canada.
estimated 300 000 recreational anglers are active
in the province, and there are an additional 800
commercial fishing operations. Recreational fishing
contributed more than $350 million to Alberta's
economy in 2000, for example, and commercial fishing
is regarded as a $5 million-per-year industry.
Due to a number of factors, Alberta's fisheries
are faced with significant challenges. The Alberta
government is working to develop solutions to
ensure that people can continue to enjoy fishing
for many years to come. (Source - Alberta Government)