September 14, 2021
The purpose of this mailing is to inform you of changes related to the use and movement of baitfish and leeches in Ontario that will come into effect on January 1, 2022.
As we communicated last summer, Ontario’s Sustainable Bait Management Strategy (Bait Strategy) was finalized and posted as a decision notice on the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO# 019-0518) in July 2020. As part of our implementation of the strategy, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) recently amended the Fish Licensing Regulation (O. Reg. 664/98) under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to implement regulations associated with the movement of bait in Ontario (Section 3 of the Bait Strategy).
The new regulations include:
Establishment of four Bait Management Zones (BMZ)
If you have any questions related to the implementation of the Sustainable Bait Management Strategy, please feel free to reach out to Dave Hintz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Director, Fish & Wildlife Policy Branch
Christie Curley (she/her) | Director | Fish & Wildlife Policy Branch | Policy Division | Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry | 300 Water St, 5th Floor North Tower, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 8M5 | ph: 705-875-8236 |