Ontario Seeks Public Input On Fishing Management Plan
McGuinty Government Releases Plan To Ensure Healthy Fishing Areas
The Ontario government is inviting the public to comment on a new fisheries management plan, which includes rules related to catch limits and seasons, for the fishing zone located in the inland area of central Lake Ontario.
Public input is being sought on options in Fisheries Management Zone 17 for changes to:
- walleye and panfish fishing regulations
- extended fishing seasons
- put-grow-take walleye stocking.
The options are set out in a draft fisheries management plan, developed with the advice and guidance of the Fisheries Management Zone 17 Advisory Council. The draft plan has been posted on the Environmental Registry and comments will be accepted until May 19, 2009. The feedback will be considered in preparing the Fisheries Management Plan for the zone, which is scheduled for implementation in 2010.
- According to the 2005 Ontario Recreational Angling Survey, the lakes and rivers of Fisheries Management Zone 17 are the second most fished areas in the province, exceeded only by the Great Lakes.
- The zone 17 advisory council was chosen as one of three pilot councils in Ontario. Under the Ecological Framework for Fisheries Management, Ontario hopes to establish councils in most zones across the province.
“We’re developing fisheries management plans as an important part of our new ecological framework for fisheries management in Ontario. We look forward to receiving public comment on the options developed with the advisory council, and are working to ensure a healthy and thriving fishery.”
“This new level of cooperation between fishery managers and resource users ensures that we consider both the best available science and the interests of public and private stakeholders. We all need to do our part to protect and enhance the fish populations in the zone.”