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New Research Boat Supports Ontario Fisheries

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New Research Boat Supports Ontario Fisheries

McGuinty Government Protecting Natural Resources, Supporting Local Economy

A new research boat launched today on Lake Ontario will help manage the lake's fish population and support commercial and recreational fishing. The construction of the new boat also created 15 jobs.

This new boat, designed and built in Ontario, will be used to research the health of the fish population in the lake. The information will be used to establish fishing quotas and monitor the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Ensuring a healthy fish population in our lakes for the future and protecting our waters are part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to build a stronger economy and create jobs while protecting the environment.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's Great Lakes recreational fishery contributes $500 million to the province's economy each year, and the commercial fishery is worth up to $215 million a year.
  • The 20-metre boat is expected to be in service for more than 40 years and will study species in Lake Ontario, including salmon, lake trout, walleye and whitefish.
  • The $2.5 million contract to design and build the boat was awarded to Hike Metal Products Limited of Wheatley, Ontario.
  • The construction of the boat employed 15 people during the 18-month project.
  • Ontario has a fleet of eight large boats that conduct fisheries assessment and research in lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario.

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“Ontario's Great Lakes recreational and commercial fishing industries are an important part of our economy. The new boat will help support this natural resource and ensure that it continues to provide healthy, local food and support fishing experiences for Ontarians and visitors now and for years to come.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Natural Resources

“This boat will provide essential data to effectively manage Ontario's commercial and sport fisheries on Lake Ontario. This will ensure our natural resources supply continues to provide Ontarians with local food and contribute to the local economy for years to come.”

John Gerretsen

MPP, Kingston and The Islands

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