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New Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan to Improve and Promote the Diverse Fishing Opportunities on the Waterfront

Oct 16, 2013

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Distribution

(TORONTO, October 10, 2013) Five important public meetings are slated for this October and November around an exciting new initiative to create an Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan for Greater Toronto and Area.  The planning process is being led by the Ministry of Natural Resources and five Conservation Authorities - Toronto and Region, Credit Valley, Central Lake Ontario, Halton Region and Ganaraska Region - and effectively covers the north shore of Lake Ontario from the western border of the City of Burlington extending to the eastern border of Durham Region.  Other partners in the process are the municipalities, federal and provincial agencies and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. 

 

The plan will integrate information on the state of the fisheries and their habitat with existing plans and strategies to create a document to guide the partners and other interested parties in improving urban recreational fishing opportunities.  The plan will also look at improving access to shoreline fishing, taking a systematic approach to improving fish habitat, and promoting the diverse fishing opportunities available along the waterfront.

 

The fall meetings will provide a brief overview of the process and present  the foundations ofthe plan to the public.   This meeting will be an opportunity  for anglers and interested citizens to provide input on the plan and to demonstrate that urban fishing is a vital interest to the fishing community.  Public feedback will be incorporated into the plan, which is scheduled to be completed spring of 2014.

 

Public Meeting schedule:

Thursday October 17, 2013

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority Office

100 Whiting Avenue, Oshawa, Ontario  L1H 3T3

Doors open at 6:30 PM, presentation starts at 7:00 PM meeting to conclude at 9:00 PM.

 

Tuesday October 22, 2013

Ajax Town Hall, Council Chambers

65 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax, Ontario  L1S 2H9

Doors open at 6:30 PM, presentation starts at 7:00 PM meeting to conclude at 9:00 PM.

 

Thursday October 24, 2013

Pickering City Hall, Council Chambers

One the Esplanade South, Pickering, Ontario  L1V 6K7

Doors open at 6:30 PM, presentation starts at 7:00 PM meeting to conclude at 9:00 PM.

 

Tuesday October 29, 2013

Metro Hall, Room 308 and 309

55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario  M5V 3C6

Doors open at 6:30 PM, presentation starts at 7:00 PM meeting to conclude at 9:00 PM.

 

Tuesday November 5, 2013

Clarke Memorial Hall

161 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, Ontario  L5H 1G3

Doors open at 6:30 PM, presentation starts at 7:00 PM meeting to conclude at 9:00 PM.

 

 

About Toronto and Region Conservation

 

With more than 55 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

 

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For further information, contact Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Public Relations, rcalpito@trca.on.ca, 416-661-6600 ext 5632

 

 

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