Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Toronto and Region Conservation

Toronto and Region Conservation

May 27, 2011 10:21 ET

Media Advisory: "Bring Back the Salmon" Hits the Humber

Humber River to be Stocked with Atlantic Salmon for First Time in 100 years

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 27, 2011) -

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More than a hundred and fifty years ago, Atlantic Salmon lived in the Humber River and many other tributaries of Lake Ontario. Sadly, they were one of the first fish species to be extirpated from the lake. Today, more than 40 partners are working together through the Bring Back the Salmon program to restore a wild, self-sustaining population of Atlantic Salmon to Lake Ontario and its tributaries. Five years into this historic undertaking, the signs are good that the program is working.

On May 30, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Toronto and Region Conservation will celebrate the expansion of the restoration program into the Humber River by stocking approximately 30,000 Atlantic Salmon fry at the river's edge in the Albion Hills Conservation Area. Stocking sites on the Humber River have been added to the restoration effort as part of Phase II of the Bring Back the Salmon program, which launched in mid-May and will run through 2015.

Caledon Mayor Marolyn Morrison and supporters of the program will attend the outdoor event to help release Atlantic Salmon. Grade five students from nearby Palgrave Public School will also release their classroom-raised Atlantic Salmon.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) jointly lead the Bring Back the Salmon program, with support from lead sponsor, Ontario Power Generation, and sponsors LCBO, Banrock Station Wines and TD Friends of the Environment. More than 40 partners contribute to the program, government and nongovernment organizations, corporate partners, several conservation authorities and landowners. For more information about the restoration program, visit www.bringbackthesalmon.ca.

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Their vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit www.trca.on.ca.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the OFAH is the largest nonprofit, charitable fish and wildlife conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

WHAT:Launch of Humber River stocking as part of Phase II of Bring Back the Salmon
WHEN:May 30, 11:00 AM – NOON, rain or shine
WHERE:Albion Hills Conservation Area 16,500 Hwy 50,Caledon (follow signs to the launch)
WHO:Caledon Mayor Morrison, TRCA and OFAH representatives, Humber watershed stakeholders and students from Palgrave Public School

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    OFAH
    Lezlie Goodwin
    OFAH Manager of Communications
    705-748-6324 ext 270 or 705-760-5537 (cell)
    lezlie_goodwin@ofah.org

    TRCA
    Rowena Calpito
    TRCA Supervisor, Media Management
    416-661-6600 ext 5632
    rcalpito@trca.on.ca