Take Up Fishing This Summer

This summer is shaping up as one of the best in recent memory for anyone considering fishing for the first time. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) is pleased to announce that not one, but two new initiatives will make it easier than ever to get out and experience fishing in Ontario.Ontario Power Generation has signed on as a major sponsor for the O.F.A.H. TackleShare program. TackleShare enables children without equipment to borrow a rod and reel and basic tackle in much the same way they would borrow a library book. Over 120 loaner sites have been established across the province, including many Ontario Provincial Parks, public libraries, Conservation Authorities, Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations and other community organizations."TackleShare is a great program to get parents and kids out of doors to fish - safely - in Ontario's great lakes and streams," says John Murphy, OPG's Executive Vice President for Hydro. "We want to be sure they are safe around our hydroelectric dams and stations. Our message is Stay Clear Stay Safe.""We are so pleased that Ontario Power Generation has come on board as a major O.F.A.H. TackleShare sponsor. Through OPG and our other generous supporters, thousands of potential anglers will have the chance to try fishing for the first time this summer," said Mike Reader, O.F.A.H. Executive Director. "We also applaud the Ministry of Natural Resources for extending licence-free fishing opportunities from three days to nine days this summer, during Ontario Family Fishing Week. We are proud to have worked with our partners to remove the barriers to that first fishing experience, while leaving in all the fun."Ontario Family Fishing Weekend (OFFW) is a popular program of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). Twice a year, in February and July, Canadian residents can fish without a licence in waters where fishing is allowed. This year, the MNR has declared July 3-11 to be Ontario Family Fishing Week, in conjunction with National Fishing Week, which is recognized from coast to coast. So far, 75 OFFW events have been registered and more are coming online every day. To view the list of events planned in communities across the province, visit www.familyfishingweekend.com.As part of Family Fishing Week, O.F.A.H. TackleShare is hosting TackleShare Day at Toronto Island on July 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aspiring anglers and their families are invited to try shoreline fishing, and learn about fish identification, water safety, aquatic habitats and more. Visit www.tackleshare.com for more information.With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

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