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WCS Canada Comments - Strategic Policy for Bait Management in Ontario - June 2017

WCS Canada


Abstract

We strongly agree with the need to revise Ontario's live baitfish use policy and regulations and have been part of the Advisory Group and commenting on various proposals from the MNRF since 2013. This current draft offers the most comprehensive approach to addressing bait use and harvest in Ontario to date. The current draft does a good job of bringing together the disparate, but relevant components of bait use and harvest by anglers and commercial operators, primarily from an economic perspective. However, it fails to address the important ecological roles and values that baitfish play in freshwater systems. We do not support the reduced list for baitfish proposed by the MNRF, but are supportive of a number of other proposals in the draft including the creation of Bait Management Zones, movement restrictions for bait in and out of the Far North, and the prohibition of bait harvest, use, and storage in classes of provincial parks that have ecological integrity as their primary goal.

Recommended citation

WCS Canada (2017). WCS Canada Comments - Strategic Policy for Bait Management in Ontario - June 2017. WCS Canada. https://wcscanada.org/resources/wcs-canada-comments-strategic-policy-for-bait-management-in-ontario-june-2017/

Is Ontario’s Live Bait Industry Worth the Risk to our Lakes and Rivers?

Is Ontario’s Live Bait Industry Worth the Risk to our Lakes and Rivers?

About a year ago, I read something on a fisheries blog that piqued my curiosity: Ontario anglers were being fined on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River for fishing with live bait.