Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

May 15, 2006 14:42 ET

Atlantic salmon return to historic Cobourg Brook

Fish stocking and media event -- May 16 at 10:00 am Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, Environment Editor PETERBOROUGH--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - Nearly 110 years after Lake Ontario's original salmon were declared extirpated, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Fleming College and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources are hosting the first large-scale stocking of Atlantic salmon in the historic Cobourg Brook.

Restoration of Atlantic salmon in Cobourg Brook will start on Tuesday, May 16 at 10:00 am. Take Country Road 45, north of Highway 401, turn left on Harwood Road (in the village of Baltimore) and then immediately right on McDougall Road where it crosses Cobourg Brook. For maps, please visit www.bringbackthesalmon.ca under events listing.

For two days, starting May 16, over 60,000 Atlantic salmon will be released in Cobourg Brook with assistance provided from O.F.A.H. and M.N.R. biologists, staff and students from Fleming College, as well as local volunteers and special guests. It's all part of a massive five-year Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project that was officially unveiled on April 27 by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and its conservation partners, including Banrock Station Wines, LCBO, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association. Other project partners include Trees Ontario, Trout Unlimited Canada, Fishing Forever Foundation, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Fleming College.

"Fleming College is proud to participate in the restoration of the Atlantic salmon to Cobourg Creek - part of the most significant freshwater restoration project in North America. Through the fish stocking taking place today, our students are benefiting from applied, hands-on learning in the field. At the same time, Fleming College is helping to restore an important part of the local ecosystem in Northumberland County," said Blane Harvey, Principal of Fleming College's Frost Campus.

For more information, visit www.bringbackthesalmon.ca
/For further information: Robert J. Pye
Communications Coordinator

Contact Information

  • Robert J. Pye, Communications Coordinator, ONTARIO FEDERATION OF ANGLERS AND HUNTERS
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 267
    Secondary Phone: 705-313-1700
    E-mail: robert_pye@ofah.org