Amanda Derksen is a fourth year Bachelor of Communication Information Design student at Mount Royal University. As an avid angler, the sustainability of fisheries is important. The contribution to the endangerment of any species when it is preventable is unacceptable. Preserving the natural beauty of Alberta, and the beauty all over the world, is something people should be educated about in an enjoyable way.


Networking Break Activity

How might we educate Albertans on the sustainability of the trout population in Southern Alberta?

People tend to use angling as a way to unwind; however, in Alberta there is no mandatory education about the elements of fishing before purchasing a license. The ignorance of anglers, and various other groups, greatly affects the ecosystem for fish, surrounding animals and humans. In particular, the sustainability of trout goes past visible actions and destruction of the environment to the cumulative effects of seemingly unrelated actions in the ecosystem. For example, deforestation and the relocation of animals leads to flooding. An appropriately aggregated list of practices is not currently accessible which makes sustainable angling difficult unless individuals have “teachers” to provide the information to them. The interconnectedness of the surrounding environment with both biological factors and human factors can accumulate in a short period of time and leave the fish unable to adapt.

The MRU Student Showcase will exhibit parts of Humanly, the 2018 Information Design Student’s capstone project.


Look for this activity in the program during the Lunch Break on Friday at 12:00 pm. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!


Explore this environmental solution through the lens of this United Nations Sustainable Development Goal:

Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 Life Below Water