What we are All About
Welcome to the Okanagan Fisheries Foundation
We are a Non-Profit Organization created to help promote, restore and preserve sustainable fisheries in the Okanagan Valley Watershed and provide a lobby group specifically for our local fisheries in Region 8. By funding and providing manpower for education projects and habitat restoration, we aim to have an on ground and in water effect, as well as helping to build public awareness about the importance of healthy fisheries and the cultural, recreational and economic value they provide to our local communities.
To collaborate with local stakeholders, user groups, first nations, municipalities and the province, to aid the restoration, preservation and promotion of abundant fisheries in Region 8 and sustainable long term recreational and commercial sport fishing in the Okanagan Valley.
Board of Directors
Ex-local fishing guide and ex-pat Australian who married the Canadian girl of his dreams and lives in Kelowna with her and his two young daughters. An avid fly fisherman and passionate environmentalist, he created the Okanagan Fisheries Foundation out of concern for the local fisheries and a desire to seem them restored to sustainable levels and be protected and maintained for generations to come.
A specialist in hydrology and owner operator of Geostream Environmental Consulting, Lorne has been working in and around Okanagan fisheries and the wetlands, creeks, rivers and lakes of this area for many years. His knowledge of the local Watersheds and the finite water resources of the Okanagan Valley is intimate and extensive. His expertise in analyzing, evaluating and assessing local water issues is well utilized by local governments, municipalities and organizations like us and is invaluable as a source of vital information that informs and guides us in this time of climate crisis, drought and water scarcity.
Local fish biologist, angler and avid fly fisherman, Jason has a ton of experience with the assessment of local fish species, stock numbers, spawning habitat and restoration in the Okanagan. Having worked for BC Parks, the Ministry of Environment’s BC hatcheries and now as a consultant with his business Chara Consulting, he is a wealth of knowledge and his science-based outlook helps to educate and guide the Board of Directors. He is also the man behind the popular and informative Facebook page, Okanagan Anglers 101, which is a must for those looking to increase their knowledge of our local fisheries, fish species and entomology. View Okanagan Angler