Fisheries and Oceans Canada has honoured Dean Toole, Canadian Model Forest Network Program Coordinator for the Atlantic Region, with a national Recreational Fisheries Award. Toole was one of five individuals and organizations acknowledged in 2005 for their work and dedication to developing and enhancing the recreational fishing experience throughout Canada.
A department press announcement recognized Toole for his “leadership, drive, organizational skills, knowledge and personal efforts” and for being “instrumental” in activities including stream surveys, habitat enhancement, stocking projects, fish ladder installation, bank restoration and water-quality improvement. Toole heads up the Kennebecasis Watercourse Restoration Committee, an organization started by the Sussex Fish and Game Association, a partner of the Fundy Model Forest.
The announcement noted his role in gathering and prioritizing baseline data on the Kennebecasis River and its surrounding watershed. That knowledge has encouraged informed projects to be undertaken to enhance water quality, fish habitat and population densities. Through the KWRC, Toole has also helped to raise public awareness of the Kennebecasis River and its surrounding watershed.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada created the Recreational Fisheries awards program in 1989 to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals or groups working to ensure that Canada’s recreational fishery remains strong and abundant. The awards are presented annually by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.