Conservation Officers Issue Alert of Dangerous Ice Conditions
Tuesday Jan 28, 2020
Author: Ontario Conservation Officers Association
Conservation Officers Issue Alert of Dangerous Ice ConditionsFROM ONTARIO CONSERVATION OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
Ice fishing is a popular past time for many of Ontario’s anglers and the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) would like to remind anglers to put safety first.
“Ice conditions vary greatly from one end of the province to the other,” says OCOA President Sean Cronsberry, “in some parts of the province the warm weather and rain this winter has delayed many water bodies from creating safe ice conditions. While some areas in northern Ontario have had safe ice since early December, other areas in southern Ontario are still ice-free. I strongly encourage anglers who are planning a fishing excursion to check the ice conditions often, plan ahead and be prepared. By following some simple safety measures, it could save your life or the life of someone else.”
Ice Safety tips:
“Spending time outdoors in the winter with friends and family can be enjoyable,” said Cronsberry, “But if the ice is not safe, we suggest finding activities to enjoy on shore because making it home safe at the end of the day is paramount. We wish all Ontarian’s a happy and safe winter season.”
Anglers are reminded to review the 2020 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available online and at Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) offices. Anyone with information about a natural resources or public safety-related offence is encouraged to call the MNRF violation reporting line at 1-877-847-7667, contact their local Conservation Officer directly, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). For more information about natural resources regulations and enforcement please visit the OCOA website at http://www.ocoa.ca or contact your local Conservation Officer.