No fishing signs coming down in City of Toronto
OFAH supports motion to hold recreational fishing summit
PETERBOROUGH, ON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Concerns about recently erected
“no fishing” signs on city property along the Toronto waterfront were
addressed on Tuesday. City Council Executive Committee approved a
motion by Councillor Paula Fletcher that recognizes the importance of
sport fishing, and directs City staff to remove the signs. Toronto City
Council must approve the recommendation made by the Executive Committee
on July 11, 2012.
This issue came to a head when city staff put up signs banning fishing
along the waterfront without consultation with council or stakeholders.
“The OFAH appreciates the efforts of Councillor Paula Fletcher and
Councillor Adam Vaughan for their leadership on this issue. On behalf
of our members, we sent a strongly worded letter of support to
Councillor Fletcher and the members of the Executive Committee, urging
them to adopt her motion,” said Greg Farrant, Manager of Government
Affairs and Policy. “The OFAH is particularly pleased to support the
creation of a fishing summit and looks forward to participating in
future discussions around fishing in the City of Toronto, including
issues around fishing access on properties controlled by other agencies
and levels of government.”
The Executive Committee recommends that: City Council request the
General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, with assistance from
the Waterfront Secretariat and Waterfront Toronto, to arrange a
“Fishing Summit” on shoreline fishing within the central waterfront,
with representation from local anglers, Ontario Federation of Anglers
and Hunters, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Ministry of Natural
Resources, Harbourfront Centre, Ontario Place, Toronto Port Authority,
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, and other relevant stakeholders.
-- The OFAH and OFAH Zone G contributed to the recent "Fishes of Toronto" book produced by the city, which included promotion of fishing in Toronto -- The OFAH TackleShare program, supported by Ontario Power Generation, will host activities in Toronto in July -- Ontario Family Fishing Events, which is run by the OFAH for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, runs from July 7 to July 15 this year. Canadian residents can fish license-free in areas where fishing is allowed.
With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 675 member
clubs, the OFAH is the province’s largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife
conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters.
For more information, visit www.ofah.org.
SOURCE Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters