The Ontario Government Supports Recreational Fishing and Conservation Efforts

Published on January 28, 2020

The Ontario government is supporting recreational anglers by ensuring the continued production and stocking of fish in the province.

Today, John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, was joined by Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham–Stouffville, to announce the extension of an agreement with Metro East Anglers (MEA) for the operation of the Ringwood Fish Culture Station for two additional years.

“Our government is helping anglers and families enjoy outdoor recreation by ensuring the continued production and stocking of fish in the province,” said Minister Yakabuski. “The benefits of fish culture stations are not just in the fish they produce and stock, they also contribute to a sense of stewardship for the people of Ontario over the fisheries they support and their contribution to environmental protection.”

Ringwood Fish Culture Station raises Atlantic Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout for stocking in Lake Ontario.

“Ontario’s agreement with Metro East Anglers will ensure the continued production and stocking of approximately 100,000 fish per year into Lake Ontario,” said MPP Calandra. “We want to make sure that the people of this province can continue to enjoy fishing in our many lakes, rivers and streams for generations to come.”

“The Metro East Anglers are pleased and proud to continue this partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry,” said Glenn Anderson, President of MEA. "Volunteers from the Metro East Anglers have worked in collaboration with the Ministry for over 20 years to help support Lake Ontario and its watersheds. Extending this relationship at the Ringwood Fish Culture Station aligns well with the club’s mandate, supporting our mission of giving back to the resources that we all enjoy in Ontario.”

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Approximately 8 million fish raised in Ontario fish culture stations are released into 1,200 lakes and rivers annually to support healthy fish populations and recreational fishing.
  • Recreational anglers contribute $2.2 billion annually to the Ontario economy in direct and related spending.  
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has had a service agreement in place with the Metro East Anglers for the operation of Ringwood Fish Culture Station since 2011.
  • The MEA is a registered Canadian charity. The club is dedicated to the improvement and conservation of Ontario’s fisheries and works closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. 

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