People are encouraged to try their hand at sportfishing on Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend, Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3.
Residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence during the annual event.
"Sportfishing weekend is a wonderful opportunity for Nova Scotians of all ages and skill levels to enjoy this popular outdoor sport," said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. "Sportfishing promotes family togetherness and healthy, outdoor living while allowing people to enjoy our beautiful lakes and rivers. Beginners, fishing enthusiasts, and especially young anglers, are encouraged to come out and fish this weekend."
The sportfishing weekend is supported by more than 20 community organizations, with fishing derbies throughout the province offering fun and prizes. A full list of events is available at http://novascotia.ca/fish/sportfishing/troutderby2012.pdf .
More than 70,000 people participate in sportfishing each year, making it one of the province's most popular active outdoor sports. It is worth about $85 million a year to the province's economy.
Mr. Belliveau encouraged all anglers to put safety first when fishing this season.
"Sportfishing is a unique and enjoyable outdoor experience, but I would like to remind all anglers to use caution this season and enjoy the outdoors safely," said Mr. Belliveau. "I especially urge those on the water to use floatation devices."
Although a licence is not required on Free Sportfishing Weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/ .