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Atlantic salmon fry to be released in GTA creek on Earth Day

Apr 20, 2010

(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 to Bring Back the Salmon in one of the largest freshwater conservation projects in North America. Since 2006, the 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 (fry) directly into the creeks. More than 1.9 million salmon fry has been released to date and the program has already confirmed adult Atlantic salmon are returning to spawn at the creeks.

On Earth Day, April 22, grade six students from Stephen G. Saywell Public School in Oshawa, will join Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) to release 100 salmon fry raised in TRCA classroom hatcheries over the winter into Duffins Creek, one of three Lake Ontario tributaries in the GTA selected for the release of salmon fry as part of the Atlantic Salmon Restoration program. The stocking location for Duffins Creek is located in Claremont, just a few minutes north of Pickering.

It is projected that in 2010 salmon partners will stock 700,000 Atlantic salmon in the Credit River, Duffins Creek, and Cobourg Brook. More than 120,000 Atlantic salmon fry are expected to be stocked this year in Duffins Creek, as well as 50,000 fall fingerlings in addition to the 25,000 Atlantic salmon yearlings that were already released earlier this spring.

Atlantic salmon are being raised in over 50 school classrooms and outdoor education centres through the classroom hatchery program within the Greenbelt and the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. More than two thousand school children are engaged in restoring Atlantic salmon.

Partnering to lead the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program are the O.F.A.H. and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). Banrock Station Wetlands Foundation Canada, an Australian organization that supports conservation projects around the world, has committed $1.25 million to this program, and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has provided $250,000 from its Natural Heritage Fund. TRCA is actively involved in the restoration program through the implementation of the Fisheries Management Plan for Duffins Creek and Carruthers Creek. Also supporting the effort are Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association and the Fish For Ever Foundation, as well as conservation authorities, community stakeholder groups and landowners.

Event Details:

WHO:               David Love, Executive Director, TRCA; Chris Robinson, Program Coordinator O.F.A.H. Atlantic Salmon Restoration,

WHEN:             Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010

WHERE:            Claremont Field Centre

                        4290 Westney Road, Claremont

                        W side of Westney Rd., about 2 km. N of Hwy. 7, and 15 km. N of Hwy. 401

                       

Event Schedule:

9:15 a.m.          - Meet at Claremont Field Centre

9:30-11:30 a.m.- Brief overview of Claremont outdoor education program and hatchery          

           - Welcome from TRCA, O.F.A.H.

            - Photo opportunities to see children in hatchery setting

            - Move to stream

            - Photo opportunities of stocking of classroom hatchery fish

 

 

The O.F.A.H. is the province's largest nonprofit fish and wildlife conservation organization, representing 100,000 members, supporters and subscribers, and 660 member clubs. With over 50 years of experience, 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, visit www.bringbackthesalmon.ca or www.trca.on.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

 

Lezlie Goodwin, Communications Coordinator

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

lezlie_goodwin@ofah.org

705-748-6324 ext 270

Cell: 705-760-5537

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