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EBR Registry Number: PB05E6803 Type of Posting: Policy
Ministry: Natural Resources Status of Posting: Proposal
Date Proposal Loaded: 2005/12/21 
Comment Period: 61 day(s) 
Written submissions may be made between December 21, 2005 and February 20, 2006. 
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NOTICE OF PROPOSAL FOR POLICY
© Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2005 
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Proposal Title:
Proposal for Managing the Recreational Fishery for Atlantic Salmon in Ontario
Short Description:
Atlantic salmon are a widely distributed fish species for which there are an abundance of historical reports regarding its importance, survival and distribution around the world. However in recent years, reports suggest that the species is in a state of decline in much of its historical range. In Ontario, the Atlantic salmon is only native to the waters of Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and the tributaries that flow into these systems. After severe habitat degradation and intense exploitation, the Atlantic salmon was extirpated from Lake Ontario by the late 1800s. Today, Lake Ontario’s Atlantic salmon population is based on a stocking program which has been focused on assessing the feasibility of restoring this native species according to the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Plan for Lake Ontario and Lake Ontario’s Fish Community Objectives. This small-scale stocking program was not intended to create a significant fishery for Atlantic salmon over the short term; however, some of these fish are encountered periodically in the Lake Ontario boat fishery.

Presently the only known self-sustaining population in Ontario occurs in Trout Lake (near North Bay). This population was established from stocking events as early as 1935 and again in 1989 after a chemical spill in 1967 wiped out the original established population. Atlantic salmon also occur in Lake Huron as a result of stocking of fish into the St. Mary’s River by the Michigan State Department of Natural Resources.

In the Great Lakes, Atlantic salmon are known to migrate upstream into their spawning tributaries from May to October and proceed to spawn in the fall (October to November). Atlantic salmon, unlike their Pacific counterparts, do not necessarily die after spawning and may spawn several times. Once they have spawned, the salmon head downstream to overwinter in the lake environment.

Purpose of the Proposal:
To identify the most effective regulatory options to maintain and rehabilitate Atlantic salmon in Ontario, based on existing science and current knowledge.

Other Relevant Information:
Ontario is developing a new framework for fisheries management focusing on new Fisheries Management Zones, managing and monitoring at the broad landscape level as opposed to individual lake management, and enhanced stewardship. This initiative will also rationalize fishing regulations to make them more standardized across the province and easier to understand.

The review of Atlantic salmon regulations is part of this initiative. The report (see web-link below) describes regulatory proposals for the management of the recreational fishery for Atlantic salmon in Ontario. The regulatory proposals are based on current scientific knowledge on the effectiveness of various regulations for managing Atlantic Salmon. They are a combination of management strategies designed to provide limited angling opportunities while rehabilitating Atlantic salmon.

Also included below is a link to the Ontario Fishery Regulations.
Comments should be directed to the following Contact Person:
Chris Brousseau, Senior Fisheries Biologist
MNR Fish and Wildlife Branch, Fisheries Section
5th Floor, North Tower, 300 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 8M5
PHONE: (705) 755-1231 FAX: (705) 755-1957 

Additional material in support of this notice is available by clicking the following hyperlink(s):
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/EBR/atl_salmon/toolkit.pdf
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/F-14/SOR-89-93/text.html

All comments will be considered as part of the decision-making by the Ministry if they: 
a. are submitted in writing;
b. reference the EBR Registry number; and
c. are received by the Contact person within the specified comment period.
Please Note: No acknowledgment or individual response will be provided to those who comment. All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record.http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/EBR/atl_salmon/toolkit.pdfhttp://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/F-14/SOR-89-93/text.htmlshapeimage_6_link_0shapeimage_6_link_1