Province releases final bait management strategy after extensive consultation

From the office of MPP Toby Barrett

The Ontario government released its final bait management strategy to protect the province’s lakes and rivers from the threat of invasive species and fish diseases. As part of this new strategy, the government will be establishing four bait management zones to limit the movement of live bait across the province.

“It is critically important to protect and preserve our lakes and rivers for people to enjoy for generations to come,” said Mike Harris, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “This new strategy will go a long way towards reducing the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species and fish diseases that pose a serious threat to our fisheries and biodiversity. This initiative will also help us increase business certainty for the commercial industry that relies on bait.”

Haldimand Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett, who was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry when the bait review process started, led a cross-province consultation to garner input from industry stakeholders, anglers, and others.

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