Now here’s something you don’t see every day, a rap battle about the best type of camping! I’m all for minimalist camping, but ever since my sons were born I’ve really learned to really appreciate glam-ping. It certainly doesn’t hurt that my girlfriend works at MEC and we have access to incredible camping gear!
No, we’re not talking about the worst Perch fillets you’ve ever seen. We’re talking about bringing talented people together across 15 cities around the world on a three-day coding marathon to support our global fisheries! The challenge is to use technology to help solve real world problems in fisheries management, conservation, aquaculture, and traceability.
Fishackathon is a public-private partnership that aims to capitalize on the expansion of mobile technology use across the developing world to address sustainable fishery challenges. The annual Fishackathon event calls on coders, designers, creatives, architects, product managers, project managers, oceanographers, fishers, ichthyologist, phycologist, algologist, and beach combers from all around the world to come together to create new applications and tools for use on mobile phones, devices, and other end-solutions, which can help fishers work smarter and more safely in sustainable fishing.
Working smarter and more safely toward a sustainable future is a worthwhile pursuit for any organization. But to set your target on our largest and most threatened ecosystem, which is utterly essential to life on this planet, might seem lofty if not impossible. The oceans are just too big, right? Consider all the effort and ingenuity we’ve invested into everything we’ve done off this planet like how many humans are in space right now looking back at this majestic blue (not green) marble we call home. Surely some of that novel inventiveness could make a huge impact on our oceans.
If this one weekend of sacrifice could lead to a better fishery for everyone how could anyone refuse? Fishing and camping might be my preferred way to spend my weekends, but I spend my weekdays working with technologies that have the ability to make these types of extraordinary leaps into the impossible, which is why I will be volunteering my time this weekend to help organize a fishackathon event here in Toronto, and perhaps why you should volunteer your time as well.
We have been pretty spoiled when it comes to pike fishing. We have had the opportunity to fish some of the best pike water in the world, not once, but twice! Originally we visited Sportsman’s Lodge on Little Vermilion Lake in 2005 and we were promised big pike. Not only did we catch big pike, but we got a lot of pike. Finding fish was easy on our first trip, but in 2007 things were very different on Little Vermilion. We faced extremely cold weather and high winds at the end of May and leading into June. We battled through snow and rain early on, and by our last day of fishing the sun was shining and the weather warmed up. We didn’t catch as many fish, but we had several fish over 40 inches, and a couple that weren’t too far from 50.
Take a look at our original report for Little Vermilion Lake 2007
I can still remember the excitement of going to summer camp when I was a child. I learned a lot about the outdoors and I think it really helped to shape my love of the wilderness. Today Tim Horton’s will be donating 100% of their proceeds on every coffee sold to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, which in turn will help disadvantaged kids go to camp. As if you needed an excuse to drink more coffee today.
On June 3rd, buy a coffee at Tim Hortons and you’ll be helping to send even more kids to camp this year. Restaurant owners will donate 100% of the proceeds from every coffee sold to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, which sends economically disadvantaged kids to one of our camps for the experience of a lifetime. This one day has the power to give thousands of kids from the community the chance to have an amazing opportunity.
You don’t drink coffee? Don’t worry, you can still donate here!