Fish Production & Stocking
Frequently Asked Questions
Habitat & Water Quality Enhancement
Major Science Review of the Restoration Program (2006-2013)
Restoring a native species that was extirpated (locally extinct) takes a long time, and the LOASRP was founded in 2006 with the expectation that it would take time and iterative learning to bring back a self-sustaining population of this famous fish. A series of benchmarks covering 20 years of restoration was developed in the 1990s to guide the progress of restoration. The program is built around an adaptive management cycle of planning-implementing-monitoring-evaluating, and in the winter of 2014, a major science review took the information learned through our monitoring and research programs and put it through a critical evaluation with outside experts brought in to provide their Atlantic Salmon expertise and advice.
The review is available to the public here (link opens in new window)
Some key findings of the review:
The program partners will respond to the science advice and management implications in the review through a 5-year plan (in development), with updated objectives and strategies for achieving the goal of the program.
Monitoring/assessment/research are integral aspects of the program will allow us to adapt in response to successes and challenges as we move forward, part of an adaptive management cycle of Planning – Implementing – Monitoring – Evaluating. Since Atlantic salmon have been extinct for over 110 years in Lake Ontario, much is to be learned about them in the modern Lake Ontario, such as the details of their life cycle, habitat use, and food base.
To that end, the program partners are assessing the survival and reproductive success of fish stocked at various life stages, so we can determine best-bet strategies to improve overall program success. The
We work with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and conservation authorities to collect information on both the fish communities and the physical and biological environment in the streams. These baseline data help to identify areas in need of habitat restoration or water quality improvements, as well as provide information from which we can evaluate future restoration actions.
We also engage anglers to help us to monitor salmon in Lake Ontario through an angler diary program with MNRF. This provides important information on adult distribution in the lake, as well as data on the survival of fish in the lake. MNRF and conservation authority staff also monitor fishways and weirs in the tributaries for returning adults.
Supported by a partnership of conservation organizations, corporations, communities, schools, governments and individuals