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SFI CTAG operate to the highest standards in North America and are well-trained, professional, experienced, knowledgeable and safe.
The distinctive red CTAG logo may only be displayed and promoted by Certified Guides who maintain current trade requirements and have agreed to operate according to a set of Principles developed by and for practicing guides on the BC coast.
The Sport Fishing Institute of BC (SFI) and go2 – the resource for people in tourism have developed an Industry Training Authority approved Tidal Angling Guide (TAG) certification program. First of its kind in North America, this program encompasses Transport Canada requirements including the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency certification (SVOP). The SVOP and other certificates are federal requirements for non-pleasure, passenger carrying vessels operating on the BC coast. Acknowledgement by the ITA and the Province now recognize TAG as a professional trade.
Development of the program began in 2008 and was fully approved by the Province, go2 and the SFI and launched in 2010. Both experienced and new guides participated in the design of training and assessment tools that established best standards and practices for BC’s tidal angling guides.
• Competencies needed for regulatory certifications; Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP), Marine Emergency Duties (MED A3), Marine Basic First Aid(MBFA) and the Radio Operators Card (ROC-M)
• Knowledge of local species and the environment
• Knowledge of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s catch monitoring and sampling programs
• Knowledge of angling equipment and techniques
• Personal and professional standards including communications skills, client relations and understanding the benefits of tourism
• Knowledge of stewardship issues and practices
• Acknowledgement of legal considerations such as liability and employment standards
Establishing Best Standards and Practices for the sport fishing industry and guiding community;
• To create a set of standards and a course that allow BC’s charter boat operators and tidal angling guides to be world leaders in the occupation; and
• To provide an organization that will maintain and promote the existence of a body of professional guides and charter operators committed to these standards; and
• To contribute, in partnership with relevant agencies, effective management of sport fishing related resources to ensure that BC’s fisheries are sustainable and the best managed in the world; and
• The establishment of a group of professional guides and standards to fit with goals and objectives of the new Vision for Recreational Fisheries
• To recognize the value and importance of the relationship between tourism and sport fishing in British Columbia
• SFI and the guiding community at large
• Industry Training Authority
• go2 – the resource for people in tourism
• Ministry of Environment
• Fisheries and Oceans Canada
• Transport Canada
• First Nations
• Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
• Pacific Salmon Foundation
The CTAG Principles are a summary of requirements necessary for an individual to be considered a Certified SFI Tidal Angling Guide (CTAG).