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Major funding announcement from Oceans and Fisheries Canada will bring in renewed interest in Toronto's Recreational and Sport Fishing

Oct 03, 2013

Media Advisory October 3, 2013

Media are invited to join Thornhill Member of Parliament, Peter Kent, on behalf of the Federal Minister of Fisheries, the Honourable Gail Shea for a major funding announcement from Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 


In the mid-1800s, before wetlands along the shoreline were filled and developed, and before human and industrial pollution degraded the water quality, 64 different kinds of native fish were found along the waterfront. To date, Toronto and Region Conservation has recorded only 40 native fish, but this will soon change with a major funding announcement from Fisheries and Oceans Canada that will bring added support to the Tommy Thompson Park Cell 2 Fish Habitat and Wetlands Creation Project that was announced earlier this spring.

When: Tuesday, October 8th

10 a.m. Registration. 10:30 am. Announcement and demonstration

Who: Peter Kent, MP, Thornhill; Scott Fortnum, Executive Director, The Living City Foundation, Brian Denney, CEO, Toronto and Region Conservation; Project Partners, and TRCA wildlife experts.


What: Get details about the funding being provided to The Living City Foundation, learn more about the new Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program and the Tommy Thompson Park Cell 2 Fish Habitat and Wetlands Creation Project. Learn more about and see some of the native fish being recorded by TRCA staff, such as Walleye, Emerald Shiner and Brook Silverside, three returning native fish that are swimming again in the Toronto Inner Harbour, thanks to improved water conditions.  Toronto Harbour and Tommy Thompson Park is one of our best kept secrets for recreational fish which includes large Northern Pike, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Bowfin and Yellow Perch which will also be on display.  


Where:  Tommy Thompson Park, located at the foot of Leslie Street, south of Lakeshore Boulevard East.


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