Representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) are planning a visit to the Municipality of Port Hope on Saturday, September 8, to offer educational and resource information about the fish and wildlife in the Municipality and to help promote Port Hope’s annual “Respect the River” campaign.
“We are thrilled to host the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters to our community this weekend,” noted Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “Their outreach helps us to better educate our residents and visitors of the importance of sustainable fishing and wildlife management and protection in our community. We encourage the community to visit with the representatives on Saturday while they’re enjoying the sights of the salmon run or spending time downtown this weekend.”
The visit by the MNRF and the OFAH will include outreach displays, which will be located adjacent to the River, just north of Rotary Park. Representatives will be on-hand with interactive and educational information regarding natural resource violations, including games and information on invading species, Atlantic Salmon restoration, and opportunities to learn to fish.
“We know that ideal fishing opportunities come from healthy rivers and fish populations,” explained Angelo Lombardo, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH). “The Youth Education and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Programs, offered through the OFAH, are important programs and awareness building tools that help to inform our communities. We are so pleased to support the Respect the River efforts of the Municipality of Port Hope and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on the Ganaraska River.”
Residents are reminded that there is zero tolerance for illegal fishing in the Municipality of Port Hope. It is the responsibility of the angler to ensure that they are aware of the fishing rules and regulations in Port Hope, as well as within the Ontario Fishing Regulations. More information can be found at visitporthope.ca/fishing
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For more information, please contact:
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator