Fish, hunting to highlight NWOTA meeting

Ontario’s decision to drop its overnight fishing rule for non-residents will top the agenda at the Northwestern Ontario Tourism Association’s annual fall meeting and banquet Friday in Emo.
The afternoon has been set aside to discuss the latest developments in the border waters fishing dispute with Minnesota, including the province’s move to change the daily catch limit for walleye/sauger for non-residents to one on Rainy Lake and two on Lake of the Woods.
The daily possession limit was switched to four.
NWOTA members say there is still “unfinished” business regarding the border waters fishing issue and the new fishing regulations.
“I don’t think it’s finished,” said Jerri McDougall, NWOTA president Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, the new licensing structure for the resource-based tourism industry also will be discussed Friday, including certification, minimum standards, and industry self-administration.
The morning session will deal with hunting issues, and is geared for those who cater to hunting parties. NWOTA recently learned three separate provincial committees are working on “hunting issues.”
NWOTA says several issues need to be addressed, including who sits on each committee and what their mandate is as well as what processes they have in place for consultation with hunters and the tourism industry.
Other topics slated to be discussed are fish-in-the-round, Living Legacy (from “Lands for Life”), the recent restructuring of bait dealer licence fees, the re-establishment of an Ontario Ministry of Tourism, and OFAH’s court challenge against the cancelling of the spring bear hunt.
There also will be a presentation by the Northern Tourism Marketing Corp.
All NWOTA members are encouraged to bring their concerns, comments, and complaints to Friday’s meeting.