News

Local fisherman feeds fish to those less fortunate

Joshua Duncan can’t stand seeing people go hungry when there are so many extra fish.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Campbell River fisherman donated 500 sockeye salmon to the residents of a homeless encampment along with some Friendship centres and women’s centres in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver, known as one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada. And he’s been sending more every time he can.

“I’m usually one of the first boats out, and I have a lot of contracts,” Duncan said by phone as he was dropping off another load of Sockeye in Richmond at a fish plant. “When I do these food fish, these bands are paying for this fish to be caught, and a lot of these struggling folks [in Vancouver] are from these bands or others.

“Some of them haven’t had fish in years, and it’s heartbreaking.”

He said he’s talked to the various First Nations he fishes for, and they’re all on board and supportive of his efforts.

“I think we’ve caught something like 140,000 sockeye this year,” he said. “I’m not charging anyone for the extra ones, but I’m not letting them go to waste, that’s for sure.”

Since news has gotten out about Duncan’s efforts, various people have stepped up to volunteer for canning, cooking and donating time to do the work, as well.

“I’m kind of surprised nobody’s done this before,” he said, somewhat taken aback by his newfound celebrity.

“I’m not trying to be Santa Claus here. I’m just trying to be a friend.”

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Lower local speed limits, scooter licensing proposed
 
Gold medal run
 
Victoria police probe robberies linked to stolen fire department key
Welcome Wagon honours long time businesses
 
Flu shot-or-mask rule upheld by arbitrator
 
Port Alberni Boston Pizza re-opening in sight
Cyclist urges Greyhound to install bike racks
 
Cowichan gearing up for Earth Day fun
 
The adventure of a lifetime

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.