Shimano Canada has thrown its support behind the ambitious new Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters/Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre.

Slated to open early this fall, the giant new interpretative centre in Peterborough, Ontario, will now include a 2,400-gallon fish tank thanks to Shimano. The massive aquarium will showcase the province’s various fish species.

Spearheaded by OFAH and bankrolled by millionaire entrepreneur Mario Cortellucci, the new complex promises more than 100 interactive exhibits, including wildlife dioramas, designed to tell the story of Ontario’s tradition of hunting and fishing.

According to an OFAH press release today, here’s what Phil Morlock, Director of Environmental Affairs for Shimano in the U.S. and Canada, had to say about the new centre:

“Shimano Canada is proud to support this progressive effort by our friends at the OFAH. The significant role which hunters, anglers and trappers continue to play in the success of the North American model of fish and wildlife conservation is an extraordinary story and we are pleased to be able to partner with the OFAH in educating people about this heritage.”

In other OFAH news, the provincial fish and game association holds its 81st Annual General Meeting and Fish & Wildlife Conference starting tonight and running through the weekend at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre in Mississauga.

A decided highlight will be the annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night, featuring Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the keynote speaker.