Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

October 14, 2005 15:52 ET

O.F.A.H. supports new M.N.R. enforcement measure

Possession of live invading species banned Attention: Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 14, 2005) - Dire warnings about the threat of invading species are now being backed up with a new measure of natural resources law enforcement.

At the request of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), Ontario's Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced a new regulation that now makes it illegal to be in possession of live invasive fish, particularly round gobies, snakeheads, and Asian carp.

"This regulation sends a strong message that spreading invading species - accidentally or intentionally -- is a serious offence," said O.F.A.H. Fisheries Biologist Dave Brown. "The regulation helps reinforce the on going public outreach and education efforts of the O.F.A.H./M.N.R. Invading Species Awareness Program. We continue to remind anglers that the spread of invading species has serious consequences for the health of our natural resources," he said.

The new M.N.R. enforcement rule also applies to the possession of live invasive fish, including bighead carp that were used in backyard ponds, aquariums, and sold in urban markets for food.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is an 80,000 member nongovernment, nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving our natural resources.

For more information visit www.invadingspecies.com
/For further information: Contact: Robert J. Pye
O.F.A.H. Communications Coordinator
(705) 748-6324
Fax (705) 748-9577
robert_pye@ofah.org
/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES

Contact Information

  • Robert Pye, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 267
    E-mail: robert_pye@ofah.org