A lifelong drive to make a difference combined with a passion for the outdoors has earned BCIT student Chenoa Flack a $1,500 scholarship from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. The scholarship will further her study in the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program and help her pursue a meaningful career in fisheries conservation or research.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Biology from Thompson Rivers University, Flack volunteered with BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops which inspired her to work in conservation. In her first year at BCIT, she discovered the world of fish ecology. She is currently volunteering at the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody.
“I hope to use my genetics background and analytical skills in tandem with my new knowledge to help to solve current issues in our fisheries, such as infectious disease transfer and sea lice control,” says Flack.
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC scholarships are available to students enrolled in fish culture or natural resource management programs within a recognized post-secondary educational institution in British Columbia. To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least their first year of post-secondary studies and plan to continue as a student, with the intent of establishing a career in BC.
Since 2008, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has awarded over $66,000 in scholarships to 39 students. The scholarships recognize outstanding commitment to academic pursuits in the field of freshwater fisheries.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC manages special hatchery programs for endangered species including white sturgeon, conducts fisheries research, education and conservation programs and works to make angling more accessible for all. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC receives 100% of fishing license revenue to invest in research, infrastructure, and services to support freshwater fishing in BC. To find out more, visit gofishbc.com.