Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

April 12, 2006 10:10 ET

Chinook salmon stocking safe

Province says there are no plans to eliminate Lake Ontario stocking Attention: City Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2006) - At the urgent request of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay has officially set the record straight on his government's commitment to continue stocking Chinook salmon and rainbow trout in Lake Ontario: There are no plans to eliminate Chinook or rainbow trout stocking.

In preparation for an Atlantic Salmon project, the O.F.A.H. was assured by the Ministry of Natural Resources that Chinook salmon stocking would continue on Lake Ontario. However, after hearing comments to the contrary, O.F.A.H. Executive Director Mike Reader insisted that Minister Ramsay, once again, clarify his government's commitment to pacific salmon - a vital part of our recreational fishery.

"Thank you for your letter of March 30, 2006, requesting clarification about Lake Ontario fisheries management direction. The ministry has no plans to eliminate Chinook or rainbow trout stocking in Lake Ontario," said Minister Ramsay in his letter sent last night to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

"We recognize that stocked Chinook salmon are currently the mainstay of the offshore fishery and naturalized rainbow trout are highly valued by lake and tributary anglers. The ministry remains committed to sustaining diverse salmon and trout fisheries in Lake Ontario that provide a broad range of benefits," said Minister Ramsay.

Reader said the outdoors community is relieved to hear the Minister's clear, decisive pledge to continue supporting Lake Ontario's fisheries program.

"As the O.F.A.H. requested, we are pleased that the Minister provided clarification on this matter. The O.F.A.H. is looking forward to a successful Atlantic salmon program, however, we would never have supported this new project if we thought for a second that the stocking of Chinook salmon or trout would be in any way compromised."
/For further information: Greg Farrant
Government Relations Manager
705-748-6324 ext.236/ IN: FISHERIES

Contact Information

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