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News Release Communiqué Ministry of Natural Resources Ministère des Richesses naturelles
For Immediate Release April 4, 2007

ONTARIO'S FISHING REGULATION CHANGES DELAYED Anglers Should Continue to Use 2005-2006 Rules

TORONTO - The new Ontario Fishing Regulations will come into effect on January 1, 2008 with the accompanying Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary (Fishing Summary) expected earlier, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.

"By implementing the new fishing regulations at the beginning of a new year we will be in keeping with tradition," said Ramsay. "Most anglers are aware that this is typically when regulation changes are made so this timing allows for clarity and consistency."

The regulation changes are part of the ministry's new ecological framework for recreational fisheries management in Ontario. This includes managing fisheries on a zone basis rather than on an individual lake basis and replacing 37 fishing divisions with 20 fisheries management zones. To come into effect, these regulations must be approved by the federal government. The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have been working closely to complete the approval process. Anglers should continue to use the 2005-2006 regulations and current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary throughout 2007, with the exception of the following changes that took effect January 1, 2007:

The 2005-2006 regulations and current fishing summary are available at Service Ontario/Government Information Centres outlets and from most licence issuers as well as on the ministry's website at www.ontario.ca/mnr  The updated fishing summary should be released later this year. To fish, Ontario residents must have a valid Outdoors Card and fishing licence. Non-residents must have a valid fishing licence before they may fish in Ontario waters.

Contacts: Media calls only Anne-Marie Flanagan Minister's office 416-327-0654

Jolanta Kowalski Communications Services Branch 416-314-2106
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