ATLANTIC SALMON RESTORATION: VOLUNTEER NETWORK AND PROJECT COORDINATION (Jack Imhof,Trout Unlimited Canada)
The Atlantic salmon is a heritage species in the Province of Ontario and was extirpated 120 years ago. The Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon program was launched in Spring 2006 by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters with funding by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and Banrock Station Wineries. TUC is a major partner along with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Sport Tackle Manufacturers Association, Sir Sandford Fleming College and others. The restoration program includes the selection, import and production of semi-wild strains of Atlantic salmon to initiate recovery, as well as habitat restoration in targeted watersheds that will receive the stocking of fish to initiate natural reproduction.
TUC is an active member of the steering committee and has responsibilities for public awareness, habitat restoration and monitoring on watersheds with existing chapters (i.e. Duffins, Humber, Credit and Bronte). To fulfill our obligations, volunteer members with scientific expertise are sitting on sub-committees for this program and helping our chapters design and implement good work.