Navigating Interactive Maps
When you first view an interactive map the pan tool is on by default. You can move the map by clicking and dragging with this icon.
Using the Navigation Controls
Note: You can also zoom in and out using the wheel on your mouse
Searching Interactive Maps
You may search the interactive maps to zoom to specific locations containing your data of interest.
Using the Search
Possible search options have been provided as examples below each search. Advanced options may also be accessed through the link provided. To perform a search, enter your text into the text box and click the search button. If your data search returns no results, it will perform a search for locations/addresses and return the closest result.
Some interactive maps contain additional options.
Current Map Display (will search only on the extent of the current display of the map). You can turn this feature on or off with the checkbox.*
You may have the option to searching by specific categories. Select which category is of interest with the radio buttons.*
Note: You can select a category as well as turn on current map display at the same time.
|Type of Search||Keyword||Example||Notes|
|Waterbody||Ontario lake or river name (one word is preferred)||Simcoe||The advisory dataset is searched first, followed by a general Google location search if no advisory point(s) are found.|
||Ontario Town/City||Ottawa Ontario||Google location search; ON or Ontario is accepted.|
||Address in Ontario||125 Resources Road, Toronto||Google location search; ON or Ontario is accepted.|
||Postal Code in Ontario||M9P 3V6||Google location search|
||TWP or Township (required)||Abinger TWP
|Township, Lot and Concession
||TWP, LOT, CON (required)||Abinger TWP, Lot 8, Con 14|
|latitude, longitude||43.71, 79.54||The search term order does not matter (latitude/longitude or longitude/latitude) and a negative longitude is not necessary.|
Degrees Minutes Seconds
|d m s or ° ' " (required)||43d42m37.05s, 79d32m28.92s
|The search term order does not matter (latitude/longitude or longitude/latitude) and a negative longitude is not necessary.|
||UTM Zone, Northing, Easting||17, 617521.28, 4840730.67
|Default UTM zone is 17. The search term order does not matter.|
|Fish Species||Radio Button||rainbow trout
white sucker and redhorse sucker
|Multiple species or species aliases (pickerel = walleye) can be searched by using “and” between the species names to a maximum of 2 species. Use of generic search terms such as “trout” or “bass” will return results for multiple species (ie. Lake Trout and Rainbow Trout).|
|Current Map Display|
|Any of the above searches can be peformed with the "Current Map Display" box checked. This will limit the search to the area displayed.||Checkbox||Search for "Timmins, Ontario"; then check the "Current Map Display" box and the species radio-button; then search for walleye.|
Find a map error?
It is possible you may encounter inaccuracies with map locations.
If you find an error in the location of a lake, river or stream, please contact us. Use the “Report an error” link within the map pop-up.
For comments and suggestions, email us at email@example.com.
The advisory tables provide sport fish consumption advice based on the level of contaminants found in fish according to their location, species and length. The following is a key to the various components of the tables.
The superscripts identify the contaminant or group of contaminants for which the fish was tested:
The fact that fish were tested for a particular group of contaminants does not mean the fish will contain any or all of these contaminants. For example, fish analyzed for contaminant group 2 may contain only mercury and not PCBs, mirex/photomirex or pesticides.
In a number of locations, particularly inland locations, fish are only analyzed for mercury as this is likely to be the only contaminant to cause consumption restrictions.
For more details on the contaminants listed above, see the “Contaminants in fish” section in the Introduction.
Consumption of fish not included in the advisory table range
Advisories are provided only for the size ranges of fish that were tested. Since it is well known that contaminant levels generally increase with fish length, the following rules can be applied:
Consumption advice for spawning locations of salmon and trout
Many rivers and streams near the Great Lakes are closed to fishing during salmon and trout spawning runs. However, sections of certain rivers and streams do remain open to permit fishing for these species. While salmon and trout from the Great Lakes spend most of their lives there, they spawn in many of the rivers and streams which flow into them. Consumption advisories are provided for some of the major spawning rivers such as the Credit and Ganaraska Rivers on Lake Ontario and the Nottawasaga River on Georgian Bay. Spawning runs in many smaller rivers have not been sampled.
If you catch salmon or trout in the legal fishing areas of these smaller rivers, please follow the consumption advisories for the Great Lakes advisory block into which the river flows. As an example, for salmon and trout caught in Duffins Creek, follow the advisories for Lake Ontario 6, Northwestern Lake Ontario.
Total monthly fish intake
Sport fish consumption advice is based on a combination of fish size, species and location. You may eat fish from different categories and locations as long as you track your consumption accordingly. Track each fish meal as a fraction or percentage of your total monthly intake (as shown in the following chart), the sum of which should not exceed 1 (for the fraction) or 100 per cent.
For example, if you eat two meals in the four-meal-per-month category, each meal will represent ¼ or 25 per cent of your maximum monthly advised consumption for a total of ½ or 50 per cent of your maximum monthly advised consumption (2 meals x ¼ = ½ or 50 per cent).
And also eat one meal in the two-meal-per-month category, that meal will represent ½ or 50 per cent of your monthly advised consumption (1 meal x ½ = ½ or 50 per cent).
The total from these two groups equals 1 or 100 per cent. Therefore, you would have reached your total monthly advised consumption.
If you have any questions on determining a safe level of consumption, contact the Sport Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program at 416-327-6816, 1-800-820-2716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.