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Lake Ontario Evening Fish in the City Edition takes a look at Toronto's thriving fish communities

Dec 02, 2011


(TORONTO - November 30)  There's fish in them waters!  While many people presume that Toronto is devoid of fish, the latest Lake Ontario Evening speaker's series event will demonstrate otherwise.  Indeed, experts are finding conclusive evidence that fish communities in Toronto are thriving, thanks in part to the protection and restoration of fish habitat work in the city.

On Monday, December 5, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) presents Lake Ontario Evenings: Fish in the City. This free public event is part of the Lake Ontario Evenings Speaker's Series where speakers will discuss and take questions about Toronto's fish community and associated habitat.

According to Dr Nick Lapointe, a post-doctroal fellow at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, "restoring habitat is only successful if conditions are actually improved for plants and animals. The use of restored habitats in all seasons is important, as fish need appropriate habitats to spawn in spring, grow in summer, and survive harsh winter conditions. This study allows us to observe fish throughout the year and make better management decisions."

Lake Ontario Evenings: Fish in the City Edition will explore Aquatic Habitat Toronto's unique hydroacoustic fish tagging project, the only project of its magnitude in Lake Ontario.   Through this project more than 100 fish will be followed as they move along the city's waterfront from Cherry Beach to Ontario Place.  Audiences will learn where fish are and why, and will also discover interesting facts about fish in the city and the ecosystems necessary to support a healthy fish population.

According to Gord MacPherson, senior manager at the TRCA, "we have seen massive improvements in the fish communities on the Toronto Waterfront. For the first time in decades we even found Walleye in the Don River. This is a remarkable finding that indicates that waterfront habitat restoration is working."


WHERE: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West  

WHEN: Monday, December 5th. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Q and A.



  • Fish of the north shore: Examining Toronto Fish communities in the Lake Ontario context, Jim Hoyle, Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Aquatic Habitat restoration along the Toronto Waterfront, Gord MacPherson, TRCA
  • Tracking fish in the city, Nick Lapointe, Fisheries and Oceans Canada & Carleton University
  • Urbanization and fish biodiversity in Toronto and Region watershed, Jan Moryk, TRCA


Lake Ontario Evenings

Lake Ontario Evenings was started in 2009 in an effort to increase public interest in and awareness of issues facing Lake Ontario. Seven events have been held so far on the themes of water diversions, biodiversity, the nearshore environment, environmental contaminants, Toronto landscape and beaches. Four more events are being planned for 2012.


Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at





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