Fish Licence-Free On February Family Fishing Weekend

    Local Events Highlight Staying Safe On Ice And Good Conservation

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Minister of Natural Resources Donna Cansfield is
inviting Ontarians to bundle up and take part in the second annual winter
Family Fishing Weekend on February 23 and 24.
    "The licence-free family fishing weekend is an opportunity for both
novice and experienced anglers to take part in local events where they can
learn about ice fishing, ice safety and the importance of conservation," said
Cansfield. "I am pleased to join the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
and other partners in encouraging everyone to get outdoors and enjoy this
popular winter sport with family and friends where ice conditions permit safe
    "Ice fishing is a great way to get the kids outside and connected with
nature," said Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters President Jack Hedman.
"With more OFAH clubs coming on board to host local fishing events, we hope
the winter family fishing weekend will grow to match the hugely popular summer
version of this family friendly event."
    During the Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, Canadian residents can fish
licence-free in any public waters across Ontario, except those with a closed
season. Anyone fishing licence-free must follow the conservation licence
limits set out in the 2008-2009 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.
Information on these limits will be available at each participating site.
Anglers should also check the summary for regulations on season closures and
gear and bait restrictions, which must be observed.
    "I want to thank all of our partners for continuing to support family
fishing weekends," said Cansfield. "The Canadian Sportfishing Industry
Association, the Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation, the Northern
Ontario Tourist Outfitters Association, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have
all contributed to the success of the weekends, and their continued
involvement is appreciated."
    More information about the Ontario Family Fishing Weekend, including how
an organization can host an event, is available at

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For further information:

For further information: Media Calls Only: David Bauer, Minister's
Office, (416) 314-2212; Jolanta Kowalski, Communications Services Branch,
(416) 314-2106; Lezlie Goodwin, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters,
(705) 748-6324, Ext. 270

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