Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

June 28, 2011 10:52 ET

OFAH: Ontario Family Fishing Week Starts July 2!

Enjoy Licence-Free Fishing and Family-Friendly Fishing Events

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - Across the province families are gearing up for Ontario Family Fishing Week. From July 2 through 10, events are being hosted in nearly 100 communities, including two in the City of Toronto, designed to introduce youth to the joys of fishing and the importance of conservation. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) administers the program for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) and encourages Canadian residents to take advantage of nine full days of licence-free fishing and to make plans to take the family fishing.

"Fishing is the perfect pastime, because every member of the family can enjoy it at their own level. Fishing is great fun, and it can be a source of food as well," said Mike Reader, OFAH Executive Director. "For those who want to keep their catch, refer to the province's Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish for information about which species and sizes are best for eating. Then heat up the frying pan and enjoy a fantastic meal of fresh fish."

During Ontario Family Fishing Week, Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years are not required to obtain a licence to fish Ontario waters, but must follow all other provincial fishing regulations (available at www.ontario.ca/fishing). Canadians under 18 and 65 or older are always exempt from requiring a licence.

Ontario Family Fishing Week is an initiative of the OMNR, and includes a summer and a winter version. The program is run by a steering committee comprised of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association. For more information and a complete list of registered Ontario Family Fishing events, visit www.familyfishingweekend.com.

The OFAH TackleShare program, supported by lead sponsor, Ontario Power Generation, lends out fishing gear in much the same way as libraries lend books. Families that want to fish on their own can borrow equipment from one of nearly 100 TackleShare loaner sites located around the province. Visit www.tackleshare.com for a complete loaner site list.

The Ontario Guide to Eating Sport Fish gives consumption advice for 1,860 locations. It is jointly produced by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and is available in print and electronic versions. Visit www.ontario.ca/fishguide for details.

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

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Lezlie Goodwin
    Manager of Communications
    705-748-6324 ext 270

    Alesha Caldwell
    Conservation Outreach Programs Coordinator
    705-748-6324 ext 254

    OPG Media Relations