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Approximately 32,000 anglers and a sample of seniors across Ontario were asked to complete the Survey of Recreational Fishing in Ontario sent out on Jan. 12.
The eight-page survey, which was first implemented in 1975, and has been conducted every five years, since provides the Ministry of Natural of Resources and Forestry critical information about fishing activity, behaviours, opinions, and expenditures of licensed anglers as well as a sample of seniors who held a valid fishing licence within the last five years. Recipients were asked to complete the survey by April 30, 2021.
MNRF Senior Media Relations Officer Jolanta Kowalski said, “The results of the survey are used to provide fisheries managers with information on angler investments and expenditures, fishing pressure, and fish harvest by area as well as feedback on any programs and policies covered in the questionnaire.
This information is then used for making fisheries management decisions and as input into assessments of programs and policies. Expenditure information is used to provide an overview of the economic activity generated by recreational fishing, which is also used for funding programs, assessing policies, investment projects, tourism marketing, etc.”
Results from the (last) 2015 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada are now available online here.