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Selected Results for the Great Lakes Fishery - 1990

In January, 1990, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, in cooperation with all federal, provincial and territorial licensing agencies, undertook the 1990 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada.

Information on angling in Canada has been collected at five-year intervals since 1975. In 1980 and 1985, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission requested that information specific to the Great Lakes system be developed in order that they could determine the economic importance of this fishery. This request was made of both the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States Department of the Interior since national surveys were being conducted by both agencies.

The surveys are no longer carried out in the same year. Canada has maintained the original five-year interval whereas in the U.S., the survey is conducted to coincide with census years. Information for 1990 is presented from the Canadian survey while in the U.S., information generated on the Great Lakes will have a reference year of 1991.

Prior to the start of the 1990 survey, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission once again requested that information be collected in such a way as to be able to generate specific data on activity in the Great Lakes fishery. This was done by geographic coding of information on angling in the Ontario portion of the 1990 survey. Data has been generated to reflect activity by both residents of the province and visitors who fished in Ontario and, more specifically, on the Great Lakes.

  1. Survey Highlights
  2. List of Tables
  3. List of Figures
  4. Appendix 1 - Great Lakes Areas Map
  5. Appendix 2 - Definitions
  6. Appendix 3 - Estimates of Statistical Reliability for Key Variables

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