The Canadian fishing industry is awash with new ideas, from “gang of youngsters” fishing jackets to “homeless youths” fishing shorts, but there’s one trend that has been largely overlooked: youth fishing gear.
The industry has been grappling with the challenges of homelessness for years, but it’s one that has received little attention in recent years.
According to the National Youth Fishing Association, the industry’s youth fishing workforce was estimated at 1.2 million in 2016, up from just over 800,000 in 2013.
In 2017, it was down by more than two-thirds to just under 750,000, but that decline has been accelerating.
The trade group says that while its youth fishing industry has seen a slight increase in recent months, that growth is only one component of a much larger increase in youth employment.
In the last 10 years, the number of students who are working in the industry has grown from 3,000 to almost 9,000.
That number is expected to double by 2020, as the industry continues to grow.
As a result, the trade group estimates that by 2041, there will be 1.6 million people in the Canadian fishing trade, up by roughly 30 per cent from 2020.
While that number is only a tiny fraction of the industry, the growth is significant, and could make it one of the most influential sectors in the country.
“There is an economic impact on the youth fishers as a result of this increase,” says Mark Sturgess, the executive director of the trade association.
“The youth fisher is one of those sectors that has to be viewed as a real asset to the fishing industry, especially given the current downturn in the fishing market.”
There are several different types of youth fishing clothing, including ones that are made for teenagers and are sold online, but many of these garments are still designed for adults, and are not worn by youth.
The majority of youth gear in Canada is made by companies that are owned and operated by the commercial fishing industry.
For instance, The Lake, one of Canada’s largest outdoor clothing brands, is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard.
It’s a division of the Canadian Fishermen’s Association.
The Lake is also owned by a private family-owned business, the Lake Family Group, which owns and operates the Lake Marina.
As part of a broader corporate structure, The Canadian Coast Guardsportsmen Association is the exclusive agent for the Lake Group, and it owns Lake Marina as well.
It has also been known to buy its own gear from other companies, including Canadian Outdoor Brands, a subsidiary of Canadian Outdoor Corporation.
There are also several independent companies that sell the same youth fishing garments online, such as the Vancouver-based Sportcraft Group.
The group has been operating a website for nearly a decade and has over 1,000 stores across Canada, with locations in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton.
In 2016, Sportcraft sold more than $3 million worth of youth clothing, says Dave Anderson, the founder and president of Sportcraft.
But while youth fishing clothes are certainly a hot commodity, the clothing is also a major source of income for the fishing companies.
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual income for a fisherman is about $4,500, but some of those figures are inflated because of bonuses and commissions.
The BLS reports that in the summer of 2016, for example, a fisher in Canada made more than twice as much as he did the previous year.
In 2015, that figure was $1,300 per fisherman, but this year it’s more than double that, at nearly $3,400 per fisherman.
It may seem like a lot of money, but Anderson says it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what the industry makes in the winter.
“I think we are all struggling with that,” he says.
“You know, the big fish and the big sharks, they’re all in the same boat and the nets are going to dry up, so they’re trying to make a living.”
Anderson believes that the youth fishing business is the most successful in the world.
“They’ve got a lot more of the youth market in the United States and Europe, and I think we have a lot in Canada, too,” he said.
“It’s a huge industry in Canada.”
There is one big catch, though.
Despite being a major player in the international market, The Lakes and Sportcraft are two of the few Canadian fishing outfits that are not owned and managed by the national government.
It is not the case for most other Canadian companies.
As such, the companies are regulated by different provincial and territorial governments.
In some cases, such a fish hatchery or other fishing facilities, such in Ontario or Quebec, the fishing equipment may be owned and maintained by a foreign government.
That’s one of many reasons that the federal government has been working to help Canadian companies and businesses