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Public Meetings For The Greater Toronto And Area Waterfront: An Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan


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Public Meetings for the Greater Toronto and Area Waterfront: An Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan

For Immediate Release:

The Ministry of Natural Resources and four Conservation Authorities – Toronto and Region, Credit Valley, Central Lake Ontario, and Ganaraska Region have initiated the preparation of an Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan for the Greater Toronto and Area. Other partners in the process are the municipalities, federal and provincial agencies and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. The Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan effectively covers the north shore of Lake Ontario from the western border of the City of Mississauga extending to the eastern border of Durham Region.

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 look at improving access to shoreline fishing, taking a systematic approach to improving fish habitat, and promote the diverse fishing opportunities available along the waterfront. The fall meetings will present a draft of the plan to the public and it is important to get as many anglers and interested citizens as possible to the meetings 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.

Five public meetings have been scheduled around the Greater Toronto Area in October and November. The meetings will be similar but local issues will be discussed.

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.


The meetings are open to all members of public so please forward this email to anyone who would be interested in learning more about the Urban Recreational Fisheries Plan. For more information on the plan please visit our website http://aquatichabitat.ca/wp/recreational-fisheries-plan/.

For more information, please contact:

Rick Portiss
Manager of Restoration and Environmental Monitoring Projects
Restoration Services Division
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
5 Shoreham Drive
Downsview, ON M3N 1S4
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5302
E-mail: RPortiss@trca.on.ca

See you at the public meetings

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Just thought I'd bump this up. I forgot to for the first meeting.

For anyone who fishes from shore on a stream or river, it would be of great benefit to attend these meetings. Only anglers can show support for anglers. There have been several individual people who have fought to protect our rights as anglers yet very few ever attend these meetings to show support. Let the cities know that "YES THERE IS URBAN FISHING OPPORTUNITIES"! Even if you don't fish from shore, come and support your fellow anglers. One day it will be all taken away if we don't stand together.

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Fishing areas should be designated in Niagara so they're established on a map for future generations. We're surrounded by two great lakes and the Niagara River, but access to shore angling has been lost and threatened. Greed is the main reason access to natural areas are lost. Queenston sand dock area used to be a great spot for catching perch and other game fish. You used to be able to park a lawn chair there and fish at your leisure. But the all mighty dollar got in the view of NOTL council and the jet boats took it over. Same with the dock in NOTL itself. Unbelievable that their isn't a public dock there for access to the mouth of the river. I believe jetboats have taken control over that property also. The town of Lewiston has built state of the art docks and encourage out of town anglers to visit. Motels and restaurants cater to those who want to spend time on the Niagara. The Power Authority in NY state has built fishing platforms for the public at a great Steelheading area on their side of the Niagara River. Ontario Power generation only erects more fencing, "no fishing allowed" signs, add more security and threaten to dole out fines to anglers. There needs to be a comprehensive shore angling plan for Niagara similar to whats going on in the GTA. With Bass Pro about to open in Niagara, it's evident how important the recreation of fishing is to the local economy.

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The town of Lewiston has built state of the art docks and encourage out of town anglers to visit. Motels and restaurants cater to those who want to spend time on the Niagara. The Power Authority in NY state has built fishing platforms for the public at a great Steelheading area on their side of the Niagara River. Ontario Power generation only erects more fencing, "no fishing allowed" signs, add more security and threaten to dole out fines to anglers.

I fished those platforms there on Power Authority NY side, so convenient,, you can drive to the fishing spot down to the river level and park there free, And yes, I always ask myself the same question; why we do not have access to the water from Ontario Power Authority and from Maid of the mist..???

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Its easier to fence it off and say GET THE **** OUT.

Mind you if no one has put a case together for politicians or made noise outside of fishing websites expect nothing to be done.

They closed off an unofficial canoe launch on martindale ... noise was made by one very vocal member and a few others that showed their support and after a battle a proper launch was/is being created.

You dont need to appeal to the masses but you need top do some work and put a decent case together as well as showing everyone can woork together.

Unfortunately for hydro there are enough people cutting fences and taking down the signs so I wouldnt expect much cooperation

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