Program named Spring Fishing & Boat Show Conservation Project of the
PETERBOROUGH, ON, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of
Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and their partners have been honored with
the Spring Fishing & Boat Show Conservation Project of the Year Award
for their efforts to Bring Back the Salmon (BBTS) to Lake Ontario.
Award Nominator Tom Brooke presented the Conservation Award during the
show's annual Conservation Gala, held on February 16 at the
International Centre in Mississauga. BBTS, also known as the Lake
Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program, was selected through a
voting process by members of the Canadian Anglers Hall of Fame.
"We are very appreciative of this acknowledgement of our collective
efforts to bring the once abundant Atlantic Salmon back to Lake
Ontario," said Dr. Terry Quinney, OFAH Provincial Manager of Fish and
Wildlife Services. "Together with lead sponsor Ontario Power
Generation, the Ministry of Natural Resources and our many other
partners and supporters, we are looking forward to the day in the not
too distant future when there is once again a wild, self-sustaining
population of Atlantic salmon thriving in Lake Ontario and its
One of the largest fresh water restoration programs of its kind in North
America, BBTS was launched in 2006 by the OFAH in partnership with the
Ministry of Natural Resources. Now in its sixth year, more than 40
contributors are supporting BBTS, including the Canadian Sportfishing
Industry Association, LCBO Natural Heritage Fund, Banrock Station
Wines, Trout Unlimited Canada, Fleming College, TD Friends of the
Environment Foundation, City of Mississauga and the Conservation
Authorities of Toronto, Credit Valley, Ganaraska and Halton.
"It is a privilege to be involved with bringing a species back to Lake
Ontario, and I was pleased to nominate Bring Back the Salmon for this
honor," said Tom Brooke, former Vice President of Shimano Canada.
"Enriching Ontario's biodiversity is rewarding in and of itself, but
restoring Atlantic Salmon will also yield a sustainable recreational
fishery for anglers in the future."
With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 675 member
clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife
conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters.
For more information, visit www.ofah.org and follow the OFAH on Facebook or Twitter.
SOURCE Ontario Federation of Anglers
For further information:
OFAH Atlantic Salmon Program Coordinator
705-748-6324 ext 237
Manager of Communications
705-748-6324 ext 270