Next generation of Atlantic salmon ready to go



    LCBO joins students and international support team for restoration
    project

    TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - On Thursday, October 25, the Lake Ontario
Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program will receive a helping hand from as far
away as Australia and as near as the local public school.
    LCBO officials will join Belfountain Public School students, as well as
Stefan Trofimovs, Australian Consul General, Toronto, Senior Trade
Commissioner, Canada and Gord Miller, Ontario Environmental Commissioner, to
help the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) and the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) stock the Credit River with Atlantic
salmon fingerlings.
    Churchill Cellars Ltd., who raises funds for the salmon restoration
through sales of their Banrock Station wines, will also participate in
stocking 500 fish that were raised in the nearby Belfountain Community
Hatchery run by O.F.A.H. member club volunteers. The Belfountain students will
not only stock salmon but beginning in January will run their own classroom
hatchery in preparation for a spring release of fry.

    This is a rain or shine hands-on event. There will be photo and interview
opportunities. Media are welcome to participate in the stocking.

    Background:

    Once abundant, the world-renowned Lake Ontario Atlantic salmon fell prey
to clear-cutting, dam and mill construction and over-harvest and disappeared
from the lake more than 100 years ago. In April 2006, the Ontario Federation
of Anglers and Hunters, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources, Banrock Station Wines (through the Banrock Station Wetlands
Foundation Canada) and the LCBO launched the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon
Restoration Program. Additional lead partners include the Canadian
Sportfishing Industry Association (C.S.I.A.), Fishing Forever Foundation,
Fleming College, conservation authorities and the Trees Ontario Foundation.
For more information, visit http://www.bringbackthesalmon.ca.

    
    EVENT DETAILS:

    Date:       Thursday October 25, 2007
    Time:       9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Location:   Belfountain Conservation Area
    Directions: http://www.creditvalleycons.com/recandleisure/belfountain.htm
                NOTE: Forks of the Credit Road is closed between Highway 10
                and Belfountain. Mississauga Road is the best route.

    ONSITE MEDIA SUPPORT:

    Chris Robinson, O.F.A.H. Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program
     Coordinator cell: 705-761-1276
    Mark Heaton, OMNR Biologist, Aurora District cell: 416-993-1295
    Lyle Clarke, LCBO Manager, Environmental Initiatives cell: 416-520-8303
    





For further information:

For further information: OFFSITE MEDIA SUPPORT: Lezlie Goodwin, O.F.A.H.
Communications Coordinator, (705) 748-6324 ext. 270, lezlie_goodwin@ofah.org


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