Program named Spring Fishing & Boat Show Conservation Project of the Year
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 tributaries."
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.
For further information:
OFAH Atlantic Salmon Program Coordinator
705-748-6324 ext 237
Manager of Communications
705-748-6324 ext 270