3rd Annual Duck Race A Huge Success
The 3rd Annual FOSHR Rubber Duck Race was once again a huge success. The little yellow ducks were released up stream on Shoal Harbour River, and made their way down to the finish line, where the following ducks (and their respective owners) were declaired this year's winners.
- 1st Place Duck #208 - Ericka Ryzuk
- 2nd Place Duck #212 - Ann Jesso
- 3rd Place Duck #531 - Greg Adams
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Finishing Touches to Ongoing Projects
In the spring of 2010 FOSHR members put the finishing touches on its latest project by installing the
garbage/recycle bins at the two swimming holes on the lower portion of the
Shoal Harbour River. Ground work was completed and the areas were cleaned up to
make the swimming holes more enjoyable to swimmers.
Friends of Shoal Harbour River Recognized for Achievements
In the spring of 2008, citizens of Clarenville/Shoal Harbour and
surrounding communities gathered together to discuss concerns being experienced on Shoal Harbour River. Issues of
poaching, habitat destruction/deterioration, and other matters were identified as serious
threats to the fish species that inhabit the river system. Friends of Shoal Harbour River (FOSHR) was formed to
help address these issues and the primary goal was simple; increase public awareness of the importance of
the river ecosystem to ensure a healthy river system for future generations.
Over the past two years FOSHR members have been busy working towards
this goal by becoming a nonprofit based incorporation, establishing working relationships with DFO, the
Salmon Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) and the Town of Clarenville, installing a large
bill-board sign near the river mouth, fabrication of two recycling/trash bins to be installed along the river,
general river cleanup and trail-way maintenance, working with the local school faculty and students and
organizing various fund raising events including the annual Rubber Duck Race.
For the effort and hard work put forth by the group, FOSHR was recently
recognized by the Salmon Association of Eastern Newfoundland as the 2009 recipient of the Guenter
BEHR Atlantic Salmon Conservation Award. The award which was established in 1980 has been
presented to some well known recipients in past years including Lee Wulff (1982) and Danny Williams
(2004) and is awarded to individuals or organizations that demonstrate outstanding conservation and
protection activities related to trout and salmon populations within the province.
FOSHR President Rick Reid accepted the award along with Wally Harris and Jeff Roberts in St. John’s on November 13th, 2009. Mr. Reid
said “FOSHR is honored to be the 2009 recipient of the prestigious award and we will continue to work
hard to ensure the well being of the river and its fish species for future generations”.
Pictured in Photo from left to right: Greg Billard (SAEN President), Monica Behr, Rick Reid, Wally Harris and
Jeff Roberts of FOSHR
FOSHR group meetings takes place regularly on Tuesdays at 7:30 in the
Clarenville High School and anyone interested in joining the group is encouraged to drop by.
Balbo Students become Honorary Members of FOSHR
During the afternoon of November 13 two grade six classes from Balbo
Elementary in partnership with FRIENDS OF SHOAL HARBOUR RIVER (FOSHR) and
DFO participated in the cleanup of a section of the trail way adjacent to
the river. Previously, Principal Art Winsor met with members of Foshr
indicating his interest in getting students involved with the
organization. Mr. Green's and Ms. Monk's science classes had completed a
unit on Environmental Awareness when FOSHR asked for volunteers to help
them clean up garbage that had been dumped in the area.
Foshr being a
non-profit community-based watershed management group that is committed to
the awareness, protection and enhancement of the Shoal Harbour River knew
this would give students the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of
maintaining a healthy environment for future generations. Over 40
students from Balbo collected a truck load of garbage from the area and
were given an Honorary Member certificate from Foshr for their efforts.
This partnership between the students of Balbo and FOSHR is one step
towards promoting conservation and stewardship in our local schools.
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2nd Annual FOSHR Poker Tournament
We would like to thank Flanagan’s Pub for holding the FOSHR Poker Fund Raiser at their establishment which was a great success, & a thank you to all the people that came to support our group in playing Texas Hold’em Poker. The members of FRIENDS OF SHOAL HARBOUR RIVER (FOSHR) would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation for your kind donation in aid of the 2009 FOSHR Poker Tournament held on Tuesday, November 10th. Your donation is greatly appreciated and we thank you for your assistance in our ongoing fundraising initiatives. Your contribution will help our group achieve its goal of improving awareness, protection and enhancement of the Shoal Harbour River for future generations.
Donation Supporters: Flanagan’s Pub, Labatt’s, Mercers Marine, Don Cherry’s, White Hills, Donnini’s, Eagle Photo, Diversions Café, Alda Electric, Pizza Delight, ESSO Gas Bar, Castle Building Supplies, Armour Transport, Wiseman’s Sales and Service, Cabot Recreation, Pikes Recreation, SAEN, The Packet, The Source / Circuit City, UAP NAPA Auto Parts, Twin Cinemas, Toyota Central, KNL Flies, Over the Edge / East Coast Sports, Eastern Hyundai, Something Special, The Barn Loft.
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Hook & Release Big Success
The Hook & Release presentation held on September 20th at the Clarenville High School was a huge success. We would like to thank everyone who came out, and we hope you learned a thing or two.
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Hook & Release - September 20th, 2009 (posted Sept 17th)
The practice of releasing wild Atlantic Salmon is increasing throughout the province; however, there are typically a few questions from novice to seasoned anglers alike when it comes to how to properly release a fish after a thrilling battle. To help educate anglers, SAEN has put together an informative presenting on the Do's & Don't related to releasing salmon.
With that in mind, FOSHR, in association with SAEN, will be hosting a Hook & Release presentation at the Clarenville High School on Wednesday, September 30th. The presentation will begin 7:30 pm in room 203 and is free of charge. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to encourage other anglers to attend as well. The presentation will be an excellent opportunity to learn some new techniques or improve on existing ones, not to mention a great chance to talk fishing with other anglers!
Please make an effort to show your support of Hook and Release by attending the presentation.
We hope to see you all there!
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Updates - July 2009
Garbage/Recycle Bin Project
Some time in the Month of July or early August 2009 FOSHR will establish permanent recycling and garbage bins at a couple of the most frequented locations. They are being manufatured by Gosse's Iron Works and should be erected very soon. Upon Gosse's completing the bins we will need to have them painted, during the painting we will be fabricating the concrete platforms to place the bins on. We hope to have it completed very soon.
2009 FOSHR River Clean up day
In the spring of 2009, members of FOSHR met on the lower part of Shoal Harbour River. The group completed a clean up of the walking trail that runs adjacent to the lower part of the river. The Town donated some class A stone for us to lay out on the trail. This trail is popular with locals who use it to access swimming and angling pools as well as for walking.
Some time in the Month of July or early August 2009 FOSHR will establish permanent recycling and garbage bins at a couple of the most frequented locations. They are being manufatured by Gosse's Iron Works and should be erected very soon
2008 – Year in Review
FOSHR has been busy in its first year. Besides the administrative, general planning and formal incorporation of the group, FOSHR was able to initiate a number of priority projects.
Installation of Signs
FOSHR has been busy in its first year. Besides the administrative, general planning and formal incorporation of the group, FOSHR was able to initiate a number of priority projects. The group has been successful in running several fundraisers which enabled the group to purchase and erect signage at various locations along the river, as well as two large billboard signs near the mouth of the river.
The signs include the FOSHR logo, mission statement and Crimestoppers “report a poacher” phone number. The larger signs also identify some of our main partners/supporters including Salmonid Assoc of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN), the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation and the Town of Clarenville. It is hoped that this signage will increase public awareness about the issues facing the river as well as our stewardship group activities.
FOSHR River Clean Up Day
In the spring of 2008, members of FOSHR met on the lower part of Shoal Harbour River. The group completed a clean up of the walking trail that runs adjacent to the lower part of the river. This trail is popular with locals who use it to access swimming and angling pools as well as for walking.
It is hoped that in 2009 FOSHR will establish permanent recycling and garbage bins at a couple of the most frequented locations. FOSHR is investigating the possibility of extending the trail and upgrading it to make the river accessible and more enjoyable for area residents. FOSHR activity was greeted with much positive response from users of this trail.