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Fisheries Management Plans

Throughout Ontario, there is an increasing recognition of the need to focus on the protection and management of fisheries and other aquatic resources through an ecosystem approach and on a watershed basis. The streams and rivers within the TRCA jurisdiction are still home to an array of sensitive and important aquatic organisms which contribute to regional biodiversity and are indicators of aquatic ecosystem health and function.

Through the development of watershed-based Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs), the TRCA in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, and in consultation with other agencies, non-government organizations and the public, help to protect and enhance aquatic habitat across the TRCA jurisdiction.

FMP's are resource documents, not policy. They provide context to past aquatic conditions that help inform future management strategies. Resource management decisions within the FMPs are based on the most recent scientific and ecological information available at the time of their publication. As well, the FMPs utilize relevant social, cultural, and economic information for their respective watersheds in order to help plan for a future condition.

They are written for a broad user base that goes beyond just government agencies to include citizens, angler organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), developers, and regional as well as municipal governments within their specific Watersheds.

These FMPs can be consulted for variety of purposes, including:

• Understanding what regulations, policies, restrictions or management apply for certain areas;
• Deciding on project options for mitigation or enhancement works;
• Identifying sensitive stream areas that should be referenced in Environmental Impact Studies and Environmental Assessments;
• Understanding the technical basis for recommended improvements in water management and protection of aquatic resources;
• Identifying stewardship, restoration and recreational fishing opportunities.

Although the FMPs have been written at different times and may exist in different formats they all acknowledge the strong connection between fish and the broader aquatic community, landscape characteristics, and the resultant habitat conditions. The newer FMPs focus more attention on linking water management planning (i.e. stormwater drainage) with fish habitat needs, including: improved management of water quantity, quality and water balance; metrics that define the flow regime and are critical links to aquatic ecosystem health and integrity.

As updated and new final versions are completed, these FMPs will be available for download. Listed below is the current status of the FMPs or similar aquatic management information for the TRCA jurisdiction:

Etobicoke Creek - Working draft completed 2006 and in circulation; Detailed implementation section being developed 2011 to be followed by Environmental Registry posting and approval of full FMP. Updated aquatic management direction also available in TRCA Etobicoke - Mimico Creeks Watershed - Technical Update Report , February 2011.

Mimico Creek - No FMP. Aquatic management direction available in TRCA Etobicoke-Mimico Creeks Watershed - Technical Update Report, February 2011.

Humber River - Approved 2008; Implementation in progress.

Don River - Updated FMP in development ; Anticipated release of working draft Fall 2011.

Highland Creek - No FMP. Aquatic management direction to be provided within the TRCA Highland Greening Strategy, in development..

Rouge River -Working Draft completed December 2010 and posted on TRCA website March 2011; Pending Environmental Registry Posting and approval.

Petticoat Creek - No FMP. Aquatic Management direction to be provided in watershed planning document in development.

Duffins Creek - Approved 2004; Implementation in progress.

Carruthers Creek - Approved 2004; Implementation in progress.

Fisheries Management Plan For Rouge River

Fisheries Management Plan For Etobicoke Creek

Fisheries Management Plan For Humber River

Fisheries Management Plan For Duffins Creek and Carruthers Creek