Rainbow Trout Migration Statement

April 18, 2018

Over the past few days there has been increased discussion about the impact Float Your Fanny has on the river and the migrating fish. The local committee works closely every year with the Town of Port Hope, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry with regards to using the river for the event. We use all the latest data, as well as the knowledge of the river from the authoritative organisations, to make our decisions on when to stage the event, and any safety postponements.

In the interest of clarification, these are the latest points from our MNRF communication on April 12 is as follows:

  • The section of watercourse from downtown to Sylvan Glen is considered relatively low quality spawning habit compared to the head waters of the Ganaraska. It is estimated that this section accounts for something less than 5% of spawning habitat compared to the upstream section. As such impacts should be minimal.
  • The major Rainbow run has not yet happened due to the cold weather. Warmer temperatures are required to bring on the migration.
  • Due to the fishing season opening on April 28th, MNRF would not recommend any further delays to the Ganny race, should April 21st be deemed unsuitable to run the event.
  • Participants should not harass fish. Migrating fish will avoid the people and watercrafts.

Feedback from the GRCA, as confirmed by Councilor Bletcher at the Town Council meeting last night, is that the GRCA had no concerns with the change in date for the event and impacts to fish migration.

In addition, the committee spend many days after the event, both personally and with volunteer teams, making sure the river is returned back to a state better than before we held the event.

We hope that this clears up the misinformation that is circulating from other sources, and we look forward to seeing everyone out in Port Hope for the 37th Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny.