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Fishing in Your Backyard

An Urban Recreational Fisheries Strategy for the Lake Ontario Northwest Waterfront

cover page of Fishing in Your Backyard strategyDownload a copy The Lake Ontario waterfront offers convenient, accessible angling opportunities allowing people to connect with nature and enjoy time with family or friends. The “Fishing in Your Backyard” strategy encourages responsible and sustainable use of Ontario’s natural resources and promotes angling, healthy habitats and accessible fishing sites throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

VISION

A healthy Lake Ontario waterfront provides excellent recreational fishing opportunities for residents and visitors alike. The Strategy’s vision is to create a strategic framework to enhance those fishing opportunities, protect and restore fish habitat where needed, encourage people to fish the Lake Ontario nearshore waters, and support the creation of quality public access sites for recreational anglers to enjoy.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

This Urban Recreational Fisheries Strategy makes the following recommendations for municipal and provincial officials, stakeholders and others tasked with managing this recreational activity:

  1. Maintain public access with no net loss of existing public fishing areas.
  2. Expand fishing opportunities with improved access.
  3. Improve the quality of the fishery.
  4. Strengthen partnerships.
  5. Promote angling in the Strategy area.
  6. Improve signage.

 


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Compendium of Habitat Restoration Techniques

This compendium provides detailed, illustrative information about construction materials and techniques needed to improve aquatic habitats. It is designed to address the key aquatic and fish management objectives for each major waterfront habitat type.

Action targets have been developed for each habitat type, based on a thorough understanding of the biological and physical factors that limit the potential for healthy aquatic communities.

TARGETS Open Coast Sheltered Embayments Coastal Wetlands Estuaries
Improve emergent vegetation 
Improve submergent vegetation 
Increase high quality riparian vegetation 
Reduce Carp biomass 
Increase areas of primary production 
Increase essential habitats for top-order Piscivores 
Increase essential habitats for cool and cold water species
Improve forage 
Add structural elements to improve near shore habitats 

 

RESTORATION TECHNIQUES

Habitat restoration techniques were developed with these targets in mind. Some are best suited to a specific habitat type, while others can be more broadly applied to one or more habitat types.

Habitat Type Restoration Technique Purpose
OPEN COAST Boulder Pavement
Boulder Pavement Repaired
Substrate diversity and structural elements
Surcharged Revetment Substrate diversity and structural elements
Surcharged Groyne Substrate diversity and structural elements
Underwater Reefs Underwater structural habitat
SHELTERED EMBAYMENTS Shoreline Vegetation Zones Critical design consideration for shoreline vegetation
Wetland Shoreline Profile and Lake Ontario Water Levels Critical design elevation for aquatic and riparian vegetation communities
Underwater Reefs Underwater structural habitat
Anchored Logs Underwater structural habitat
Deep Weed Wall Underwater terracing creates primary and secondary drop offs
Shoreline Shoal Shoreline diversity
Modified Growth of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Technique to ameliorate excessive nearshore submerged aquatic plants
Aquatic Vegetation Fluted substrates to improve function of aquatic vegetation
Complex Shoreline Profile Improvements Use of material (dredge spoils or fill) to improve the function of the shoreline profile
Inner Harbour Quay Treatments Amelioration of vertical seawalls
Reptile Habitat Key and essential habitats for turtles
Vegetated Shorelines Contour Modifications Key habitat components of vegetated shoreline
Log Tangles Structural habitat elements
COASTAL WETLANDS Shoreline Vegetation Zones Critical design consideration for shoreline vegetation
Reptile Habitat Key and essential habitats for turtles
Log Tangles Structural habitat elements
ESTUARIES Low Estuary Hooks Structural habitat and in-stream cover
High Estuary Hooks Structural habitat and in-stream cover with riparian habitats