The 2011 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship returned Rainy River District’s premier fishing event into the black, its chairman announced yesterday.
“We understand the importance of the tournament to both the residents and the tourism strategy for the Town of Fort Frances, and wanted to be sure that our event was both successful for the anglers and that we lived within our means,” said Gord Watson.
“I am happy that the tournament enters 2012 in the black,” he added.
As well, through funding provided by the Town of Fort Frances and the Rainy River District Future Development Corp., the FFCBC conducted an economic impact study this year.
It was conducted with the goal of determining the total—and retained—economic impact from the tournament’s anglers and spectators.
The FFCBC provides an important recreational opportunity for local residents, and is a fundamental component of the district’s tourism development strategy.
In addition to spending during the tournament, other economic activity has been generated as a result of the FFCBC.
This includes annual visitation of bass anglers who have become aware of Rainy Lake because of tournament marketing and fishing lure testing conducted on Rainy Lake.
Total impact on GDP as a result of the FFCBC was just over $460,000.
“This means that the impact on the Rainy River District’s GDP as a result of the tournament creates about five or six full-time jobs every year,” said RRFDC consultant Tannis Drysdale, who carried out the survey.
“The numbers are very positive, and we hope to continue to work with the FFCBC to increase the value to our local economy created by our fishery,” she added.