In 2000, the Eastern Georgian Bay/North Channel Fisheries Stewardship Council was formed, made up of a broad range of stakeholders. The group worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) to gather public input and improve fisheries.
The committee changed to the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council in 2006, when it was incorporated into the MNRF’s Ontario Stewardship Network. Since inception, the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council focused on stewardship activities, including bass nest creation, Walleye spawning bed habitat enhancements, and annual workshops.
In 2012, MNRF discontinued their Ontario Stewardship Program, and unfortunately, many stewardship councils have since folded. After a brief hiatus, EGBSC incorporated as an independent, not-for-profit organization in 2014, and was back working on projects again. Now, after many years of hard work and numerous accomplishments, EGBSC has decided to close the organization. However, many members will continue to volunteer with the Georgian Bay Biosphere’s stewardship committee.