Anglers encouraged to offer input on regulation changes

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is gearing up to make significant changes to its walleye regulations, and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) wants to ensure anglers and hunters have the opportunity to provide input.

Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay last year announced plans for a provincial walleye review in an effort to streamline and simplify current fishing regulations. While the review will be province-wide, the focus is currently on the southern region, namely, walleye fishing in all parts south of the French River.

The MNR has proposed four regulation changes, of which they want anglers to choose one:

40 cm (15.7 inches) maximum size limit for walleye

50 cm (19.7 inches) minimum size limit for walleye

35-55 cm protected slot

40-65 cm protected

The OFAH also encourages anglers to contact the MNR if there is something they want that is not on the list.

In addition to the above size restrictions, anglers will have to swallow four or two walleye catch limits, and shortened winter fishing seasons.

"Walleye populations can certainly improve in southern Ontario, but regulating the harvest is not the only solution," said OFAH Fisheries Biologist, Dave Brown. "Anglers are generally supportive of reasonable regulations that are within the best interest of conservation, provided that the government is doing its part to address all the other issues affecting walleye population."

Those issues, Brown said, include prevention of invading species and habitat loss, poaching, low water levels and poor water quality, as well as the need to boost support for OFAH member clubs and their fish stocking and hatchery programs. In response to the MNR's review of southern region walleye regulations, the OFAH is providing as much information as possible on the Federation's website, embarking on its own consultation and delivering feedback from stakeholders, and preparing additional options for the government's consideration.

Download complete information as well as the MNR's public response procedures by visiting www.ofah.org

Anglers encouraged to offer input on regulation changes

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is gearing up to make significant changes to its walleye regulations, and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) wants to ensure anglers and hunters have the opportunity to provide input.

Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay last year announced plans for a provincial walleye review in an effort to streamline and simplify current fishing regulations. While the review will be province-wide, the focus is currently on the southern region, namely, walleye fishing in all parts south of the French River.

The MNR has proposed four regulation changes, of which they want anglers to choose one:

40 cm (15.7 inches) maximum size limit for walleye

50 cm (19.7 inches) minimum size limit for walleye

35-55 cm protected slot

40-65 cm protected

The OFAH also encourages anglers to contact the MNR if there is something they want that is not on the list.

In addition to the above size restrictions, anglers will have to swallow four or two walleye catch limits, and shortened winter fishing seasons.

"Walleye populations can certainly improve in southern Ontario, but regulating the harvest is not the only solution," said OFAH Fisheries Biologist, Dave Brown. "Anglers are generally supportive of reasonable regulations that are within the best interest of conservation, provided that the government is doing its part to address all the other issues affecting walleye population."

Those issues, Brown said, include prevention of invading species and habitat loss, poaching, low water levels and poor water quality, as well as the need to boost support for OFAH member clubs and their fish stocking and hatchery programs. In response to the MNR's review of southern region walleye regulations, the OFAH is providing as much information as possible on the Federation's website, embarking on its own consultation and delivering feedback from stakeholders, and preparing additional options for the government's consideration.

Download complete information as well as the MNR's public response procedures by visiting www.ofah.org

Anglers encouraged to offer input on regulation changes

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is gearing up to make significant changes to its walleye regulations, and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) wants to ensure anglers and hunters have the opportunity to provide input.

Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay last year announced plans for a provincial walleye review in an effort to streamline and simplify current fishing regulations. While the review will be province-wide, the focus is currently on the southern region, namely, walleye fishing in all parts south of the French River.

The MNR has proposed four regulation changes, of which they want anglers to choose one:

40 cm (15.7 inches) maximum size limit for walleye

50 cm (19.7 inches) minimum size limit for walleye

35-55 cm protected slot

40-65 cm protected

The OFAH also encourages anglers to contact the MNR if there is something they want that is not on the list.

In addition to the above size restrictions, anglers will have to swallow four or two walleye catch limits, and shortened winter fishing seasons.

"Walleye populations can certainly improve in southern Ontario, but regulating the harvest is not the only solution," said OFAH Fisheries Biologist, Dave Brown. "Anglers are generally supportive of reasonable regulations that are within the best interest of conservation, provided that the government is doing its part to address all the other issues affecting walleye population."

Those issues, Brown said, include prevention of invading species and habitat loss, poaching, low water levels and poor water quality, as well as the need to boost support for OFAH member clubs and their fish stocking and hatchery programs. In response to the MNR's review of southern region walleye regulations, the OFAH is providing as much information as possible on the Federation's website, embarking on its own consultation and delivering feedback from stakeholders, and preparing additional options for the government's consideration.

Download complete information as well as the MNR's public response procedures by visiting www.ofah.org