Ontario is home to more than 400,000 lakes, rivers and streams! The recreational fishing industry is a 7 billion dollar boost to our economy. Ontarian’s enjoy their secluded or waterfront cottages and boaters explore this province from all sides. But what is the point of exploring this wonder if we don’t protect it? Learn who you can contact, what the laws are and what you can do to help Conservation Officers prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Identify the species, identify the dangers and do your part helping to keep Ontario’s natural resources sustainable.
Ron Arnold has been a Conservation Officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for the past 15 years. His fishing, hunting and camping experiences led him on a career path towards protecting fish, wildlife and natural resources in the Province of Ontario. Ron has worked through many locations around the GTA and Niagara Region. Currently Ron is working with the Southern Marine Enforcement Unit and is based out of Vineland, Ontario. Ron holds his masters limited certification from Transport Canada, MEDA3, SVOP, Restricted Marine Operators Certificate and has logged over 1000 hours of on the water marine boating on the Great Lakes, Northern Ontario and Kawartha Regions. He is a graduate of Sir Sandford Fleming College with a Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma and holds a diploma in Natural Resources Law Enforcement Technology.