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Public Hooked for Lake Ontario Fishing Forum

Jun 08, 2012



For Immediate Distribution

(Toronto-June 8) - On June 12, a panel of experts from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters will be raising awareness of urban angling on Toronto's Harbourfront, as part of Toronto and Region Conservation's Lake Ontario Evenings series of speaker events. The event marks the launch of the "Fishes of Toronto" booklet, which educates and informs the public on the different kinds of aquatic wildlife in our City. In addition to government and municipal representatives, the Lake Ontario Evenings - Urban Angling Edition will feature notable speakers such as David Chong, pro-fisherman and 20 year angling veteran, who has been helping educate Torontonians on the issue of urban angling in the City.

"The GTA is full of fishing opportunities for everyone, there are plentiful and diverse fish species that can be caught right within the city limits!" says David Chong. "As a major metropolitan area, the GTA boasts some of the finest fishing in North America. Although a trip into cottage country can always be fun, don't be afraid to try a little fishing at home when you're unable to get out of the city or you don't want to fight the cottage country traffic. Just because you can't get out of the city doesn't mean that you can't go fishing!"


The Toronto waterfront is home to a wide variety of fish including many well known native varieties like Pike, Whitefish, Trout, Bass, Catfish, and Atlantic Salmon, as well as non-native varieties like the Common Carp, White Perch, and Coho and Chinook Salmon. Looking after local fish populations is the responsibility of organizations such as Toronto and Region Conservation, the Ministry of the Environment, and Ministry of Natural Resources - all of whom take part in aquatic protection and rehabilitation actions along the Toronto waterfront.

"Toronto and Region Conservation takes a direct role in ensuring the health of aquatic life in Lake Ontario, both by monitoring fish populations and improving the quality of fish habitats within our rivers and waterfront," said Gord MacPherson, Senior Manager of Restoration Services at Toronto and Region Conservation. "We study existing fish populations, and determine their overall health and approximate population, and we create new habitats, like wetlands, where new generations of these wild fish can breed and thrive. This wildlife is important to us and we want to see it flourish."


The Lake Ontario Evenings, first started in 2009, is a free event where members of the public are encouraged to come and learn about Lake Ontario, including its health, wildlife, and our impact on its future. Past forum topics have included water diversions, biodiversity, the nearshore environment, environmental contaminants and the Toronto landscape.


Where - Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West


When - June 12, 2012

6:00pm Doors Open


6:30pm Welcoming remarks, RAP update and introduction of first speaker


6:45pm Chris Robinson, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

"Say! What A Lot of Fish There Are - A Look at the 'Fishes of Toronto' Book"


7:00pm Satyendra Bhavsar, Ministry of Environment

"Is it safe to eat the fish in the GTA?"


7:15pm Wil Wegman, Ministry of Natural Resources

"Recreation Fishing Contributions and Urban Fishing Events in Toronto"


7:35pm  Dave Chong

"Toronto is Fish City!"


8:05pm  Audience Question and Answer Period



Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan

Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) are internationally mandated programs that address "hotspots" around the Great Lakes.  The Toronto Area of Concern was identified in 1985 when the city's waters and wildlife habitats were noticeably suffering negative effects from historic industrialization as well as continuing urbanization. The Toronto and Region RAP area covers over 2000 km2 and includes six major watersheds (Etobicoke Creek, Mimico Creek, Humber River, Don River, Highland Creek, Rouge River), 45 kilometres of waterfront, and the Toronto Harbour.  For more information visit the RAP at .


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


Media Contacts

David Svaluto, Toronto and Region Conservation 416-660-0638;

Rowena Calpito, Toronto and Region Conservation 416.661.6600 ext 5632;


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