Ecological Framework for Recreational Fisheries Management
O. Reg 664/98 (Fish Licensing)
Bill or Act:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
Summary of Proposal:
Ontario is developing a new ecological framework for recreational 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 will also rationalize recreational fishing regulations to make them more standardized across the province and easier to understand.
A complete review of Recreational Fishing Division boundaries has been completed. The new Fisheries Management Zones (FMZs) are proposed to come into effect in 2007. Ice hut regulations need to be re-written to match the new FMZ boundaries. The regulations will also be streamlined and simplified as part of the mandate of the ecological framework for fisheries management in Ontario.
Sections 37 and 38, and Schedule E of Ontario Regulation 664/98 (Fish Licensing) need to be replaced to recognize the new FMZ-wide approach to ice hut registration. Some new areas have been added where ice hut registration will be required (primarily in southwestern Ontario and northeastern Ontario). The new regulations are much simpler and will make it easier for anglers to understand and comply with the regulations. The changes will be included in the 2007 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.
April 27, 2006
Comments Due Date:
June 5, 2006
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
A decision was made on July 28, 2006 to proceed with the proposal as originally published.
Based on the input received, the ministry will proceed with amending O. Reg. 664/98 (Fish Licensing) under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to change the ice hut regulations to match the new Fisheries Management Zones (FMZs) in Ontario for 2007.
These changes are planned to come into effect in 2007 and this notice will be updated to inform the public when the regulation has been filed.