2011 Conservation Award was presented to Muskies Canada for their Lake Simcoe Muskie Restoration Project
Muskies Canada’s goal with this Project is to restore a viable population of muskellunge into Lake Simcoe, a large lake about an hour`s drive north of Toronto. Lake Simcoe had a world class muskie fishery at the start of the twentieth century, but became virtually extinct in the Lake by the latter 1900`s due to habitat destruction and overfishing. A feasibility study disclosed that the restoration of this apex native game fish to Lake Simcoe was a reasonable fisheries objective. The Project commenced in the mid-2000`s and has another two to three years to completion. We are already seeing some signs of success with several sightings of 24 to 28 inch muskellunge in the Lake the past couple of years.
Muskies Canada is the lead manager on this multi-year Project, working closely with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Muskies Inc., the Canadian National Sportsmen`s Shows, Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers and the Spring Fishing and Boat Show. The Project is managed by a team including Dave Boxall, the Project Manager, Jim Kelly and Ian Young of Muskies Canada, and Jason Borwick and Brad Allan of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The Project is supported 100% by funding donations from Muskies Canada and its individual Chapters and all of our other Partners and Sponsors. The Project`s success to date is due to the combined contributions and support from all of our Partners and Sponsors.
President, Muskies Canada
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