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Atlantic Salmon fry to be released in Humber River by Local Students

May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

                                                     

(TORONTO, ON) – Atlantic Salmon disappeared from Lake Ontario by the late 1800s, as a result of the impacts of human development, including deforestation and dam construction. Today, more than 50 organizations are partnering with Bring Back the Salmon in one of the largest freshwater conservation projects in North America. Since 2006, the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program has been working to re-establish a wild, self-sustaining population of Atlantic Salmon in Lake Ontario within the next 10 to 15 years by restoring creek habitat and releasing young salmon directly into the rivers and creeks. Already the program has  confirmed adult Atlantic Salmon are returning to spawn in the creeks and over 150 coldwater stream rehabilitation projects have been completed to ensure the long-term success of the program.

 

On Thursday, May 30, 2013 grade four and five students from Thorndale and Castlemore Public Schools in Brampton will join Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) to release up to 200 salmon fry raised in TRCA sponsored classroom hatcheries over the winter into the Humber River in Caledon as part of the Classroom Hatcheries Program through the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program. Stocking will take place on the main branch of the Humber River in Caledon.

Event Details:

WHO:               Ralph Toninger, TRCA; Chris Robinson, Program Coordinator OFAH Atlantic Salmon Restoration

WHEN:              Thursday, May 30, 2013

WHERE:            Humber River, Caledon

                        Humber Valley Heritage Trail, Castlederg Side Road

(Enter Trail on North side of Castlederg Side Road, between Humber Station Road and Duffy’s Lane, Caledon)

                       

Event Schedule:

10-10:15:  Welcome students and guests, introduction and special remarks from VIPs
10:15-11:30:    Photo opportunities to see children stocking fish

 

 

Toronto and Region Conservation

 

With over fifty 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 www.trca.on.ca

 

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

The OFAH is the province’s largest nonprofit fish and wildlife conservation organization, representing 100,000 members, supporters and subscribers, and 710 member clubs. For more information, visit www.bringbackthesalmon.ca

 

 

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For media information, contact:

 

Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management

Toronto and Region Conservation

rcalpito@trca.on.ca

416-661-6600 ext 5632

 

Shannon Gutoskie, Manger of Communications

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

shannon_gutoskie@ofah.org

705-748-6324 ext 270

 

Cell: 705-760-5537

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