Recreational fishing is an outdoor heritage tradition enjoyed annually by over 8 million Canadians of all ages, ethnicity and abilities. This time-honored pastime is integral to cultural, social and economic life in every region of Canada billions of dollars of economic activity and tens of thousands of jobs result from the time anglers spend in pursuit of their sport on lakes, streams and coastlines. According to the national Canadian Nature Survey, men and women fishing (over age 18) averaged 27 days a year on the water per person with 21% of the adult population participating in the preceding 12 months.