FFCBC returning for 2012 season

November 21, 2011
Gord Watson, Chairperson of the 2011 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship (FFCBC), is pleased to announce that the 2011 Tournament returned the Rainy River District’s premier fishing event into the black.    

“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.”

This year, through funding provided by the Town of Fort Frances and the RRFDC, the FFCBC conducted an economic impact study.  This study 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 fishermen 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 5 or 6 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.”    

For further information contact:
Gord Watson
(807) 274-2028

Tannis Drysdale
RRFDC Consultant
(807) 276-4779