Travel Manitoba has launched two different promotions and contests this summer.
The first promotion, called Get Caught Fishing, awards prizes to Manitobans who get caught catching (or trying to catch) fish in the province this summer. The goal is to raise the profile of recreational fishing in Manitoba, focusing on accessibility, diversity and conservations.
Running until August 11, two Fishing Ambassadors will be attending popular fishing locales on weekends, providing social media support, and handing out prizes and information on fishing in Manitoba. Everyone who gets caught fishing will be entered to win one of three grand prizes to be awarded at the end of the promotion. Anglers can also enter to win these prizes by uploading a picture of themselves with their catch on the website. Travel Manitoba also promoted recreational fishing through Fish Tales, a media event in Selkirk on June 11.
The second promotion is in partnership with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, which is currently excavating a giant 18-foot fossil fish, a Xiphanctinus , near Morden. In honour of the fish’s status as the largest and oldest – at 80 million years – Travel Manitoba awarded the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC) a special Master Angler Award of Extinction.
The massive fish Xiphanctinus swam in the saltwater seaway that covered Manitoba during the Late Cretaceous Period. Four years ago, participants in a CFDC Fossil Dig Adventure Tour discovered the fossil sticking out of the bank of a small ravine. And today, members of the public can still help to “reel in” this giant fish by participating in a Fossil Dig Adventure Tour. All fossil dig participants who help unearth this 18-foot long Xiphanctinus fossil will receive a Master Angler Award certificate for their role in catching this fish.
A contest running until the end of June is asking for the public to help name this fossil – which will one day have a place next to Bruce – the CFDC’s most popular specimen – a 43-foot long mosasaur fossil. The winner of the Name That Fossil Fish contest will not only have the honour of having named this fossil, but will also win a one-day Fossil Dig Adventure Tour courtesy of the CFDC.