The VOICE of Anglers and Hunters since 1928

ACTION

The OFAH employs a team of professional staff to review policy proposals, changes to regulations and legislation and any other initiatives or programs to advocate for Ontario’s natural resources and the rights and traditions of anglers and hunters.  Your Federation responds to proposed changes that could affect fish and wildlife conservation and angling and hunting opportunities.  The OFAH is involved in fisheries management by:

  • Devoting a fisheries advisory committee to the OFAH governance, which includes local experts, academics and avid anglers
  • Forming the Fisheries Research Unit (FRU) in 2002, which provided independent analytical and technical fisheries research
  • Becoming a key partner in the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program
  • Partnering to prevent the closure of the Ringwood fish hatchery (formerly run by the MNRF)
  • Representing anglers on MNRF-led Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) advisory councils across the province
  • Delivering the provincial Community Hatchery Program, a partnership with the MNRF
  • Supporting scientific research through the OFAH Student Research grants
  • Providing critical, scientifically driven input into fisheries-related issues which range from the local, municipal level through the bi-national level

Listed below are some recent examples of your OFAH hard at work on fisheries management.

Official Submissions

March 9, 2017  EBR 012-9197  OFAH comments on the Black Sturgeon River Camp 43 Dam Project – public inspection of draft environmental study

Feb 21, 2017  OFAH’s response to the Municipal Access Fishing Pass to the Ganaraska River, Port Hope

Feb 1, 2017  OFAH voices concerns over Station St. dam and bridge EA (Credit R.)

Jan 10, 2017  EBR 012-9151  OFAH comments on the Bottled Water Technical Guidance Document

Nov 30, 2016  OFAH reviews the 2012-2013 changes to the Fisheries Act

June 29, 2016  EBR 012-5045  OFAH comments on the application guidelines for cage aquaculture facilities

June 29, 2016  EBR 012-7186 OFAH comments on provincial policy to manage the effects of cage aquaculture on water quality and sediment

June 6, 2016  EBR 012-3585 OFAH comments on Fisheries Management Plan for FMZ 18

June 2, 2016  EBR 012-6583 OFAH comments on Fisheries Management Plan for FMZ 12

March 10, 2016  OFAH supports the listing of microbeads as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

March 8, 2016  OFAH reviews MNR/DFO protocol for water crossings in Forest Management Planning

Dec 22, 2015  OFAH writes to London, ON Mayor to decommission the Springbank Dam ALSO… check out the timeline of events here AND…watch the City of London meetings City of London meetings here

Aug 6, 2015  EBR 012-4341 OFAH comments on the Stocking Plan for the Ontario waters of Lake Superior

July 13, 2015  OFAH response to the Lake Ontario north shore Urban Recreational Fishing Strategy

May 19, 2015  EBR 012-3903 OFAH response to proposed Walleye changes for Lake Scugog

Apr 28, 2015  EBR 012-3046 OFAH response to the Lake Ontario Stocking Plan

Apr 21, 2015  OFAH support for Atlantic Salmon Regulation Changes for FMZ 16 & 17 (catch & release fishery)

Mar 11, 2015  OFAH responds to the Black’s Dam Sanctuary proposal

Dec 19, 2014  EBR 012-2836 Provincial Bait Policy Review – Angler Use and Movement of Baitfish in Ontario

Dec 19, 2014  EBR 012-2835 Provincial Bait Policy Review – Bait Use and Commercial Harvest in Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves

May 16, 2014  EBR 012-0291 Provincial Fish Strategy for Ontario

Apr 23, 2014  EBR 012-1353 Lake Nipissing Fisheries Management Plan

 

Where we Stand

  • Fisheries decisions must be made using the best available science
  • Fisheries management should consider an ecosystem focus
  • Ontario fisheries need to be sustainable
  • Fishing should be regulated appropriately
  • Anglers should have the option to keep fish for food (based on regulations)
  • Anglers should have the option to harvest their own live bait (based on regulations)
  • Ontario fisheries are shared, public resources managed by provincial and federal governments
  • Fish stocking is one of many valuable fisheries management tools
  • Invasive species threaten our ecosystems.  Introductions and spreading should be prevented.

Committee Involvement

Albion Hills Conservation Area Master Plan

Public Advisory Committee Asian Carp

Regional Coordinating Committee

Atlantic Salmon Steering Committee

Atlantic Salmon Habitat Working Group

Black Sturgeon River Structured Decision Making Process

Brock Lands Public Advisory Committee

Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN)

City of Toronto Biodiversity Book Series

Team Cobourg Creek Fisheries Management Plan Technical Team

Credit River Fisheries Management Plan Committee

Fleming College Ecosystem Management Program Advisory Council

Fleming College Applied & Community Based Research Program Advisory Council

Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Canadian Advisor on Recreational Fishing in the Great Lakes)

Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species

Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River Cities Initiative/Great Lakes Commission

Restoring the Natural Divide Advisory Committee Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin

Sustainable Water Resources Agreement Advisory Panel

Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA)

GTA Recreational Fishing Committee

Halton Fisheries Management Plan – Technical Committee

Humber Station Road Environmental Assessment Technical Advisory Committee

Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program (LOASRP) Partnership Committee

Lake Simcoe Fisheries Stakeholder Committee

MNRF Bait Review Advisory Group

MNRF Lake Erie Percid Management Advisory Group (LEPMAG)

MNRF Fisheries Management Zone Councils 17, 19 and 20

OFAH Fisheries Advisory Committee

Pickering Airport Lands Restoration Opportunities Planning Team

Toronto Urban Recreational Fishing Plan Technical Team