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RBANS - RESPONSIBLE BASS ANGLERS OF NOVA SCOTIA ASSOCIATION

What is RBANS?

As indicated previously all smallmouth bass club presidents assembled in December of 2008 in Liverpool, NS to discuss regulations and ideas surrounding tournaments in NS with the NS Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

As discussions continued it did indeed become evident that NS needed a formal group to deal with concerns, policies and future initiatives surrounding the smallmouth bass fishery in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia needed a group that was able to encompass all bass anglers in Nova Scotia whether you chose to be a member of an organized club or not, anywhere in the province. 

This new group needed to be more than just a bass only group, it needed to be rational in its approach. While doing everything it could for smallmouth bass it had to also be appreciative of and able to do what it could for other species that share our Nova Scotia waters. It is an admitted fine line to follow but NS bass anglers are a special breed and our support for all fish species is a cornerstone of our uniqueness.

RBANS was the resulting effort of all of these discussions and visions; now we are here and ready to work on your behalf, to make the Nova Scotia smallmouth bass fishery the best it can be. We strive to educate others about the fishery, to protect the smallmouth bass fishery and support all reasonable opportunities for you the bass angler.

The opening lines of our Memorandum of Association illustrates this best:

On a volunteer and non-profit basis the objective/s of the society is/are:
•    to promote public awareness of smallmouth bass fishing for recreation and as a sport;
•    to offer our support to other organizations promoting various other species with no intent to jeopardize smallmouth bass angling opportunities;
•    to promote conservation and environmental protection of smallmouth bass angling habitat and smallmouth bass species;
•    to offer our Provincial Departments of Inland Fisheries and Natural Resources our organized, moral and political support and encouragement;
•    to promote full adherence to all conservation and regulatory codes with full legal enforcement of these existing standards;
•    to demand adequate water standards and protection;
•    to function as a dynamic link with other smallmouth bass fishing clubs or entities;
•    to better the access, both public and private, to our fishing waters for association members and the general public;
•    to acquire by way of grant, gift, purchase, bequest, devise or otherwise, real and personal property and to use and apply such property to the realization of the objects of the Society;
•    to buy, own, hold, lease, mortgage, sell and convey such real and personal property as may be necessary or desirable in carrying out the objects of the Society.


If you would like to learn more about our by-laws you can read a full copy of our complete memorandum of asociation and by-laws by clicking this link: RBANS-MOA-BYLAWS.

If you have any questions about RBANS please feel free to contact us for more information.


   
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