The Alberta Government ESRD has sent out the application for the fish license and the report for this year. As a result, I am now getting a ton of questions being sent to me ranging from “What happened to the recreational license for Tilapia” to “What happened to Koi being on the list” to “Barramundi are now on the list, so does that mean we can have them and where can I get them”?
I have been on the phone most of the morning attempting to track down the information without much success. So far I have been in contact with Janice Wilson, Jeff Presley, Dan Watson and have left a voice mail for Jim Wagner to contact me back.
So far I have been able to confirm that Koi have been taken off the list for a “Class B”, but nobody knows what that actually means or if they have been reclassed.
I have also confirmed that Barramundi are still not available in Alberta and that the Lethbridge holding facility and testing grounds of the ACE are still in an approval process with the ESRD.
I have also gotten confirmation that there is an increase in security issues involving aquaponics that is being implemented this year with the requirement for predation protection for the aquaponic system.
I asked the question of why we need to have protection for aquaponics but people with a stocked back yard pond require no such feature. This was met with “talk to Jim Wagner about that”.
I have hopes that I will be in contact with Jim Wagner before Sunday’s Face to Face Meet Up and will be able to answer some of the questions everyone has then.