Core funding for the Community Hatchery Program (CHP) is received through a Transfer Payment Agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). This funding enables the CHP to provide financial support to eligible community hatcheries for operational and capital costs, as well as facilitate the transfer of knowledge and expertise to community hatcheries to maximize the benefits of their stocking efforts.
Over the past few years, community hatcheries have faced challenges, including maintaining volunteer safety, holding meetings, and fundraising. Recognizing these challenges, in 2020, the OFAH implemented the Community Hatchery Support Fund to support community hatcheries with additional OFAH funding for operational costs above what can be supported though CHP core funding.
Additional funds and products have been donated to the CHP for community hatcheries from the partners listed below. For example, The River KingPin (RKP) gives back to local hatcheries through their online only outdoors store catered to float fishermen and fisherwoman. For every purchase, a percent of each sale is donated to the OFAH and used to fund CHP supported community hatcheries. All funds contributed by RKP have been donated to local salmon and Rainbow Trout community hatchery efforts. Click on the RKP logo for a link to the webstore.
To discuss partnership opportunities, contact the Community Hatchery Program Coordinator – matt_burley