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Annual Kids' Fish Art Contest Winners Announced

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Annual Kids' Fish Art Contest Winners Announced

McGuinty Government Promotes Fishing And Conservation To Young People

Ontario is encouraging young people to learn about Ontario's native fish species, their habitats and conservation measures to help protect them, through the annual Kids' Fish Art Contest.

This year's winners were announced at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show, and include:

  • Esma Baskurt from Toronto - overall winner of the Kids' Fish Art Contest, and winner of the grade 10-12 category. Baskurt's drawing of an Atlantic salmon will be featured on the 2009 Young Angler's Licence.
  • Ellen Rowe from Toronto - winner of the grade 7-9 category with her drawing of a channel catfish.
  • Nicholas Muraco from Niagara Falls - winner of the grade 4-6 category with his drawing of an Atlantic salmon.

Each winner receives a $1,000 Registered Education Saving Plan from Northwest Mutual Funds, classroom supplies from Staedtler-Mars and a complete set of fishing gear from Lucky Strike Bait Works.

For being the overall winner, Baskurt also receives a four-day fishing excursion provided by Red Pine Wilderness Lodge, a day of fishing with Canadian Sportfishing Television Show host Italo Labignan and a Canadian Sportfishing jacket and hat.

Quick Facts

  • 315 young Ontarians entered this year's Kids' Fish Art Contest. The contest is open to Ontario students in grades four to 12.
  • Kid's Fishing Day, organized by the Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows and supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources, encourages young Ontarians to get outdoors and fish with their families. In 2008, Kid's Fishing Day events provided 4,500 rod and reel kits to youth across the province.

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“It's important that young people learn to appreciate nature and getting them outdoors and fishing is a great start. The contest is a great way for artistic youth to display their talents while also learning about the province's fish species and conservation.”

Donna Cansfield

Minister of Natural Resources



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