The MNRF is reviewing baitfish management and the outcomes will affect the way that we use and harvest bait in Ontario. This includes baitfish and leeches only. Crayfish, frogs, worms etc… are not part of this review. The intent of the proposed changes is to minimize the risk of spreading invasive species. The OFAH fully supports the intent of reviewing bait management practices to accomplish this goal, and this is why we participated on the MNRF’s Bait Review Advisory Group during the past four years to offer advice on angler use of bait in Ontario.
Right now, the MNRF is seeking public input on a baitfish document that introduces Bait Management Zones and rules about moving baitfish.
Below is a list of public open houses that are being hosted by the MNRF to answer your questions about the baitfish review.
|Sudbury||May 23||6:30-9:00pm||Lexington Hotel,
50 Brady St., Sudbury
|Timmins||May 25||6:30-9:00pm||Ramada Inn,
1800 Riverside Dr., Timmins
|Kingston||May 29||6:30-9:00pm||Ramada Kingston Hotel,
33 Benson St., Kingston
|London||June 8||6:30-9:00pm||Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn,
591 Wellington Rd, South, London
|Thunder Bay||June 12||6:30-9:00pm||Valhalla Inn Hotel,
1 Valhalla Inn Road, Thunder Bay
|Kenora||June 15||6:30-9:00pm||Clarion Lakeside Inn,
470 1st Avenue South, Kenora
Here’s what the document proposes…
If you are a commercial bait harvester: You will be confined to supplying bait within the Bait Management Zone where your Bait Harvest Areas reside. The same exceptions for movement of bait between adjacent BMZs described above for anglers applies to commercial harvesters as well. Other changes affecting commercial harvesters and dealers related to reporting, compliance, training, gear restrictions, licence renewals and BHAs can be found within the full proposal.
What do you think about these proposed changes to bait management in Ontario? The MNRF needs to hear from anglers, particularly how these changes could affect individuals in various parts of the province. Click here to leave a comment for the MNRF. Comments will close June 27, 2017.
Older OFAH submissions on the Provincial Bait Review
June 23, 2017 EBR 012-9791 Strategic Policy for Bait Management
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