Anglers who have obtained a copy of the 2019 Fishing Ontario, Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary are advised to use it with caution. A number of errors have been found in the recently released document.
The new summary was completely redesigned for 2019 as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), with considerably larger text and more subheadings. As in previous summaries, bold red text highlights new regulations and information.
Unfortunately, some errors have been found in this transition to a new format. There a couple of errors we are aware of at this time, but there may be more.
One of the confirmed errors is in the FMZ 19 section, on page 135 of the regulations. Under general information, Atlantic salmon is listed as not present and closed all year. However in seasons and limits section on the same page it is listed as open all year with a sport limit of 1.
Another area of concern is on page 129, in the FMZ 17 section, under Fish Sanctuaries. The “no fishing” dates of most of the sanctuaries do not match the 2018 summary and yet are not marked as new or changed.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is aware of the issue and is working on correcting the online version of the regulations as soon as possible. The MNRF is also planning to post an online summary of known errors.
This article will be updated as new information becomes available, so please check back frequently.
In the interim, anglers are encouraged to use the comment section below to share any possible errors they have found in the 2019 regulations, being sure to include the appropriate FMZ.