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  • Scott
    December 06, 2013 - 06:35

    What time to ask for input on such and important topic. Christmas ramping up and no one thinking about anything but what to buy for Christmas. It seems the most regulated fishery is getting squeezed by big business and government regulations on the need for aquaculture...and the need for jobs but no one talks about the tax payers money lost to disease and broken cages. The long term effects of these cages in sheltered bays near some 58 scheduled salmon rivers is not even thought of. Just like the Cod Fish...where foreign over fishing and large quotas much higher then the expected are released even when scientific findings say otherwise. Fish today don't have a chance with large nets the size of 3 foot ball fields and GPS tracking so they when they cover a area they make sure they get it all. No one even talks about Bi catch ...ie Shrimp fishery and how much waste there is per 5kg of shrimp caught. They people that pay are the people that respect it most. They people that go out and enjoy the rivers and report poaching and illegal fishing. Take these people off the rivers and see what happens. Not to mention the demand and strain on all the other rivers from people forced to fish else where. Their short falls make the common man pay again. They make such a big deal out of the Fly Fisherman while the foreign quotas, trawlers and aquaculture farms sit back rape the benefits. Destroyed our cod fishery..and make a mockery out of our Recreational fishery. Going out chasing the common man to see if he is one fish over or used the right sized hook. When just out 500 miles we have been raped and ravaged. Where the last 10 food recreation food fisheries wouldn't hold the candle to one 3 hour tow on a larger factory freezer. Newfoundlanders Right is to 3 kentle of Cod fish a year. That is old newfoundland law. If your born here it should be your god given right. This should be the same for the salmon fishery. Its time to punish the real problem and not the people of Newfoundland.

  • Brad
    December 04, 2013 - 19:12

    Well said Paul, its funny how the only rivers showing a decrease in returns (from median) is the Conne River (adjacent to the aquaculture industry on the South Coast) - look at any of the other DFO counting facility numbers and ALL indexed rivers are either holding there own or increasing - so what is the difference between these rivers, Conne is the only one in contact with open sea pens - you don't need alot of research to see the correlation! Cheers

  • VICTOR
    December 04, 2013 - 16:32

    As for St Pierre & Miquelon I just wonder where you got that figure of 3 200 lbs for a year's catch by french fishermen. Especially this year the catches have been very low.

    • Paul Smith
      December 06, 2013 - 08:09

      I got the figure on a CBC broadcast. I just checked it online and it seems about right. Check out theis NASCO document. http://www.nasco.int/pdf/2013%20papers/CNL_13_15.pdf

  • Bill Bryden
    December 04, 2013 - 15:42

    Hi Paul; Well written and researched. I call on every angler and conservationist to Act on the SARA call for input (and tell them the management unit is WAY too big). Do this for your children. Then, LIKE, and SHARE on social media, blogs, etc.

  • Bill Bryden
    December 04, 2013 - 15:41

    Hi Paul; Well written and researched. I call on every angler and conservationist to Act on the SARA call for input (and tell them the management unit is WAY too big). Do this for your children. Then, LIKE, and SHARE on social media, blogs, etc.

  • Bill Montevecchi
    November 30, 2013 - 10:08

    hi Paul Terrific column - you ring true like a voice of reason in world of spin, smoke + mirrors. It's really about ecosystem effects. Keep up the good work, Bill