Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

July 28, 2006 14:54 ET

Walleye anglers off the hook for major regulation changes

O.F.A.H. congratulates M.N.R. Minister on interim changes to walleye regs

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 28, 2006) - The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is pleased that the Ministry of Natural Resources has addressed its concerns over the Southern Ontario Walleye Review - an exercise that had the potential to negatively affect walleye fishing opportunities. Today, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced "interim changes" to walleye fishing regulations that will come into effect in 2007. Those changes will help address the O.F.A.H. and M.N.R.'s mutual concern for southern Ontario's declining walleye population without placing unnecessary restrictions on walleye anglers.

"Throughout months of discussions with Ministry staff, the O.F.A.H. has always maintained that, while walleye populations can certainly improve in southern Ontario, regulating walleye anglers is not the only solution," said O.F.A.H. Executive Director, Mike Reader. "We are pleased that Minister Ramsay has acted on the advice of the O.F.A.H. by announcing interim changes to the direction of the Southern Ontario Walleye Review," he said.

Pushing for conservation programs and enhancing outdoor opportunities has always been the focus of the O.F.A.H., particularly in the past several months as the Federation has spoken out against unnecessary angling restrictions and has helped save the M.N.R.'s provincial fish culture program.

"The province is commended for listening to our concerns over the walleye fishing regulations and for its recent commitment to upgrade the Dorion fish culture station in northwestern Ontario. However, it's unfortunate that today's announcement from the M.N.R. didn't mention the Ringwood Fish Hatchery, a provincial fish culture program that will continue to produce fish for Lake Ontario and various inland lakes, thanks to O.F.A.H. involvement," added Reader.

The O.F.A.H. is committed to protecting our natural resources and enhancing Ontario's fishing and hunting opportunities that are worth millions of dollars in annual economic activity. O.F.A.H. fisheries improvement initiatives include:
* Supporting local fish hatcheries and funding the Ringwood and Normandale provincial fish culture stations;
* Lobbying for effective cormorant control programs;
* Restoring coldwater streams, wetlands and other habitats;
* Combating the spread of invasive species;
* Leading the restoration of Lake Ontario's Atlantic Salmon with other partners including the Canadian Sport Fishing Industry Association (C.S.I.A.).

For more information, visit www.ofah.org
/For further information: Greg Farrant
O.F.A.H. Government Relations Manager
(705) 748-6324

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