Ontario Launches Consultation on Revisions to Rules for Catch and Release of Fish

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is proposing changes to the rules for recreational catch and release fishing. Currently, under the Ontario Fishery Regulations, 2007, anglers are required to immediately release any fish where the retention or possession is prohibited. The MNRF is proposing changes that would: (i) allow anglers to delay the release of a fish caught during the open season for that species long enough to photograph, measure and weigh; and (ii) require the immediate release of fish that are out of season, are species at risk, or are otherwise prohibited under the existing recreational fishing rules. The public consultation period is open until April 21st, 2023.