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Restoring Lake Ontario's Lost Treasure

The Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program

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The Atlantic Salmon Classroom Hatchery Program

A unique five-month hands-on lesson on Atlantic salmon and the biodiversity of the Lake Ontario watershed introduces students, parents, and teachers to the Atlantic salmon species, their history and restoration.

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Habitat Restoration

Habitat restoration and water quality protection are essential parts of the overall restoration program.

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RESTORING LAKE ONTARIO'S LOST TREASURE

The Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program

More than a century after our once thriving population of Atlantic Salmon were last seen in Lake Ontario, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), together with many other partners, are working to bring Atlantic Salmon back to the lake. This treasured species is an important part of our natural heritage and part of Ontario’s rich biodiversity.

A CENTURY AGO

ATLANTIC SALMON THRIVED IN LAKE ONTARIO

Until the late 19th century, Lake Ontario had a population of Atlantic Salmon native to its waters. Unfortunately, that population, which supported sustenance and commercial fisheries, was eliminated through the combined effects of the environmental degradation of streams, ecosystem changes in the lake, and over-fishing. Atlantic Salmon were one of the first fish species in the Great Lakes to disappear as a result of human activities.