Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

August 17, 2006 16:10 ET

Environment Ministry's permit fees hurt fish hatcheries

Attention: Environment Editor ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2006) - Ontario's nonprofit, volunteer-run fish hatcheries, represented by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), are now swamped by outrageous water drainage permit fees recently assessed by the Ministry of the Environment.

In at least two cases, the cost for local volunteers to operate their fish hatcheries have skyrocketed by over one thousand percent. Evidently, the Ministry of the Environment is lumping small, community-based fish hatcheries under the same legislation that regulates the activities of industrial sewage plants.

"The O.F.A.H. has asked the Minister of the Environment to reconsider unfair permit fees for local hatcheries that have safely operated for years and met environmental standards," said O.F.A.H. Executive Director, Mike Reader. "Gouging fish hatcheries with outrageous permit fees is not the way the Ministry of the Environment should be treating these important local environmental initiatives. The O.F.A.H. has also asked Natural Resources Minister, David Ramsay, to speak directly with his Cabinet colleague to help rectify this serious inequity."

O.F.A.H. member clubs and other volunteers are responsible for approximately 50 percent of all fish stocking in Ontario. These local conservation clubs contribute thousands of volunteer hours each year to support recreational fishing worth an estimated $2.5 billion in annual economic activity.

The O.F.A.H. is Ontario's largest nonprofit, nongovernment, hunting, fishing and conservation organization, representing 81,000 members and 640 member clubs.
/For further information: Greg Farrant
O.F.A.H. Government Relations Manager
(705) 748-6324 ext 236
greg_farrant@ofah.org/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES, HEALTH, POLITICS

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