Promoting Healthy Fisheries And A Healthy Environment

    McGuinty Government Makes Newly Renovated Fish Culture Station A Reality

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ -


    A newly modernized and expanded Dorion Fish Culture Station is now open.
The station is the centrepiece of the Ontario government's efforts to sustain
native fish species in the Great Lakes.
    The $17-million, three-year expansion project doubled Dorion's production
capacity, meaning it can supply up to 1.4 million yearlings for fish stocking
and rehabilitating degraded fisheries.
    Dorion is home to provincially important stocks of fish used for breeding
purposes, including lake trout for the Great Lakes. This stocking program
means the Great Lakes have hardier stocks of native species like lake trout
and Atlantic salmon. Healthier stocks are better able to compete with invasive
species and help keep the lakes' ecosystems in balance.
    New upgrades at Dorion include an enclosed building for protection from
the elements and predators, a specialized isolation facility to reduce health
risks to the fish from wild spawn collection, a waste treatment program for
the water discharged from the hatchery and an energy-efficient geothermal
heating system.


    "Dorion Fish Culture Station is now a state-of-the-art facility that will
make an important contribution to fisheries in the northwest for years to
come," said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield
( "Fish stocking
is key to rehabilitating and restoring fisheries - part of our biodiversity -
and to providing more opportunities for anglers."
    "The re-opening of the new state-of-the-art Dorion Fish Culture Station
is great news for the community, for Northwestern Ontario and for the
province," said Thunder Bay MPP Michael Gravelle
( "It will help make sure
Northwestern Ontario continues to be renowned for the fantastic fishing it
offers and provide an economic boost to the community."


    -   The Ministry of Natural Resources (
        operates nine provincial fish culture stations which produce
        approximately six to seven million fish for stocking in public waters
        each year.

    -   Dorion Fish Culture Station is the only ministry hatchery serving the
        fisheries management needs of the northwest region and western Lake

    -   Fish from Dorion Fish Culture Station are stocked in waters ranging
        from the Manitoba border in the west to Manitouwadge in the east, and
        from Lake Superior in the south to Red Lake in the north.


    -   Find out more about fish culture and stocking in Ontario

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For further information:

For further information: Ivan Langrish, Minister's Office, (416)
314-2212; Barry Radford, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2123

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