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Be careful of MNR nets in area lakes

Saturday, June 21, 2014   by: Staff



Fisheries crews from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) will be on Ontario’s lakes this summer monitoring fish populations, taking water samples, and checking for invasive species.

If you're on a lake that is being monitored and see MNR buoys, please don’t lift the nets or buoys, and avoid recreational activities between and around the buoys.

All nets will be clearly marked.

Information gathered through these surveys will be used to help make decisions about managing fisheries, including setting seasons and size limits for anglers.

Approximately 143 lakes will be targeted this summer across Ontario.

In the northeast, crews will conduct netting surveys and water samples in 12 lakes in Fisheries Management Zone 8 (near Timmins, Chapleau, and Kirkland Lake), 17 lakes in Fisheries Management Zone 10 (near Kirkland Lake, Chapleau, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa), and 35 lakes in Fisheries Management Zone 11 (near North Bay).

About 1.3 million anglers fish in Ontario each year, spending more than $2.5 billion annually on fisheries-related products and services.

Learn more

To find out more about Ontario’s aquatic resources and the great angling opportunities they provide, check out Fish ON-Line at


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