Against MNR Bait Fish Proposal

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To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Whereas; The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has banned the Harvesting of Frogs and Crayfish; imports of Leeches; and the use of organic bait in some areas infringing on Ontario Anglers; and Whereas; The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is Proposing further restrictions on the Live Bait industry by restricting  the movement of Live Bait in Ontario; and Whereas;  creating  zones and boundaries that are unreasonable; and Whereas; The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is trying to downsize the list of legal bait species currently allowed to be Harvested in the Waters of Ontario which will result in financial loss and hardship to the Live Bait Industry; the Live Bait Industry has negotiated a Grandfathered License for Harvesters in Ontario Parks, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing a 5 year phase out which will result in significant financial losses to the Live Bait Industry and the Anglers of Ontario; and Whereas; the Proposed changes will have dire consequences on the Economy and Tourism in Ontario and will effectively put People in the Live Bait Industry out of Business. Therefore; We the Undersigned Petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry recognize, and work directly with the Live Bait Industry to revamp the current EBR Proposal put forward, to ensure an Economic and Stable Live Bait Industry and provide a Quality Baitfish product for the Anglers of Ontario.



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