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Attention Anglers and Hunters!

The OFAH acts on behalf of its members to review and comment on fish and wildlife policy proposals, regulation changes and more, across all levels of government. As an angler or hunter, you too can have your voice heard!

The changes proposed in these postings could affect fish and wildlife conservation and angling and hunting opportunities. Please review those of concern to you, read the Federation’s response (if available) and then link to the source to submit your own comments prior to the Comment Closing Date noted below each posting. 

Please feel free to use any of the content in the OFAH response (if available) when submitting your own comment and Learn Where the OFAH Stands by reviewing recent submissions.

Our collective voices can make a difference!

Fishing/Fisheries Postings

Winnipeg River Fisheries Management Plan

EBR Registry #011-7522

The Winnipeg River Specially Designated Waters (SDW) occurs entirely within the administrative district of Kenora. It is situated mostly within FMZ 5, with a small portion of the lower river bounded by FMZ 4. The Winnipeg River and its fisheries resources are used by First Nations, resident anglers and non-resident anglers as well as commercial fishers. This river provides important recreational, economic and cultural importance to communities on and near its shores. Prominent sport fish species within the Winnipeg River include walleye, sauger, yellow perch, northern pike, muskellunge, black crappie, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.

The MNR, in cooperation with the Winnipeg River Fisheries Advisory Committee (WRFAC), are working together to develop a range of fisheries management objectives and actions. These objectives will enhance and maintain fisheries within the unique ecological and social features of the SDW.

Information collected during the planning process for the Winnipeg River SDW will be used by the public, the private sector, municipalities and government agencies to help guide future management of fisheries and aquatic resources which will ensure the sustainability of the Winnipeg River and the ecosystem of which it is a part.

Read Full EBR & Provide Your Input 

Commenting Closing Date: January 7, 2013

Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 4: Fisheries Management Plan

EBR Registry #011-7316

Fisheries Management Zone 4 (FMZ 4) includes portions of the MNR administrative districts of Kenora, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Dryden, and Thunder Bay. The fisheries resources of FMZ 4 are used by First Nations, resident anglers and non-resident anglers as well as commercial fishers. They provide important recreational, economic and cultural importance to communities within the zone. Prominent sports fish species within FMZ 4 include walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, lake trout, and muskellunge.

The MNR, in co-operation with the FMZ 4 Advisory Council, have developed a range of fisheries management objectives and actions, which will be specific to maintaining fisheries within the unique ecological and social features of FMZ 4. These proposals form the basis of the draft Fisheries Management Plan which is being presented to the public for broader review and consultation prior to preparation of a final plan.

The information collected during the planning process for the Fisheries Management Zone 4 Fisheries Management Plan will be used by the public, the private sector, municipalities and government agencies to help guide future management of fisheries and aquatic resources to ensure the sustainability of the aquatic ecosystems in FMZ 4.

Read Full EBR & Provide Your Input

Commenting Closing Date: January 10, 2013

Learn Where the OFAH Stands on Recent Fishing/Fisheries Postings

Hunting/Wildlife Postings

Modernization of Approvals – Proposed Regulatory Amendments Under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act

EBR Registry #011-7663

In September 2012, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) posted a Modernization of Approvals policy paper (EBR Registry Number: 011-6751).This paper and the following proposed regulatory amendments are part of MNR’s plan to modernize business with a focus on MNR’s core mandate, and a review programs and services to become more efficient and sustainable. The proposed regulatory amendments included here are the first in a series of proposed amendments to specific approvals that are being put forward for public comment as part of this review.

At this time, MNR is proposing to modernize 21 wildlife-related licences, permits or authorizations, issued under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Read Full EBR & Provide Your Input 

Commenting Closing Date: January 21, 2013

Learn Where the OFAH Stands on Recent Hunting/Wildlife Postings

Land Use/Access Postings
 

Provincial Parks Wildlife Management - A call for a proactive approach Dec 5, 2013


Ontario’s Protected Areas Planning Guidelines

EBR Registry #011-7467

The Ontario Protected Areas Planning Manual provides the policy framework for protected area planning. The planning manual describes the development of 13 guidelines to supplement the policy framework. In place of the 13 guidelines, MNR has developed four consolidated guidelines. These four draft guidelines are intended to provide procedural direction to MNR staff and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of protected area planning. Amendments to the PPCRA through Bill 55, Strong Action for Ontario Act, are reflected in the draft guidelines.

The following four draft guidelines have been developed: 
1) Management Planning for Protected Areas in the Context of Ecological Integrity

2) Examining Protected Areas Management Direction

3) Adjusting Protected Areas Management Direction

4) Involvement during Protected Areas Management Planning 

Read Full EBR & Provide Your Input

Comment Closing Date: January 18, 2013

Modernization of Approvals – Proposed Regulatory Amendments to Work Permits issued under the Public Lands Act

EBR Registry #011-7669

In September 2012, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) posted a Modernization of Approvals policy paper (EBR Registry Number: 011-6751).This paper and the following proposed regulatory amendments are part of MNR’s plan to modernize business with a focus on MNR’s core mandate, and a review programs and services to become more efficient and sustainable. The proposed regulatory amendments included here are the first in a series of proposed amendments to specific approvals that are being put forward for public comment as part of this review.

MNR is proposing to amend O. Reg. 453/96 (and consequential amendments to other relevant regulations). The proposed changes focus on:

  • Eliminating work permit requirements if rules are followed (for activities with minimal impacts that can be managed through rules in regulation).
  • Eliminating work permit requirements if rules are followed and the Ministry is notified. MNR would require that certain activities be registered with the Ministry to facilitate compliance responses.

Read Full EBR & Provide Your Input 

Commenting Closing Date: January 21, 2013

Learn Where the OFAH Stands on Recent Land Use/Access Postings

Other Current Postings of Conservation Interest

Taking a Broader Landscape Approach – A Policy Framework for Modernizing Ontario’s Approach to Natural Resource Management

EBR Registry: #011-7540

As announced in the 2012/13 provincial budget, MNR is moving forward with a transformation plan to modernize and more sustainably manage Ontario’s natural resources.

This document proposes a framework to help deliver on this modernization initiative by informing future program-specific changes to move to broader scales of management. As the ministry’s transformation process proceeds, there will be additional opportunities for comment, especially in the context of changes to specific management activities.

Public input will help inform the process, and how these programs can be delivered more efficiently and effectively.

Read Full EBR & Provide Your Input

Commenting Closing Date: January 4, 2013

Proposed Approaches to the Implementation of the Endangered Species Act

EBR Registry #011-7696

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has heard from many sectors, organizations and individuals about challenges in implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and has brought together a stakeholder working group to identify common issues and potential solutions. MNR is also seeking input from the public and other interested stakeholders on approaches to improve the implementation of the ESA. This proposal provides suggested approaches that derive from MNR’s experience on the ground and could include amendments to Ontario Regulation 242/08, under the Endangered Species Act. The following proposals would balance the protection and recovery of species at risk while either:

  • - helping existing or planned activities proceed without additional approvals where new species or habitat protection comes about after their approval,
  • - enabling a streamlined alternative to authorizing new activities that benefit species,
  • - enabling activities necessary for human health or safety, and/ or
  • - achieving administrative efficiencies.

Any proposed regulatory approaches would provide up-front conditions for individuals and businesses to follow, which would allow for more efficient and sustainable implementation of the ESA.

Read Full EBR & Provide Your Input

Commenting Closing Date: January 21, 2013




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