Lament­ing the loss of out­port free­doms

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

I’d just like to make a com­ment about the At­lantic salmon. It was once a bless­ing to out­port peo­ple, but is now a curse to coastal fish­er­men.

In­shore fish­er­men, in par­tic­u­lar, have been placed un­der un­bear­able re­stric­tions in the type and size of gear they are per­mit­ted to use, and when and where they can set such gear, for fear they may ac­ci­den­tally catch a salmon.

These are the same salmon that fish­er­men in St-Pierre et Miquelon, with no salmon rivers of their own, fish un­re­stricted for their ta­bles and for the fine restau­rants of Paris. A gift from us.

The same salmon that fish­er­men from Green­land will feed to their chil­dren and sell to the high­est bid­ders in the coun­tries of Europe.

The same salmon that city folks and tourists from the main­land and Amer­ica tor­ture on a hook for an hour, in the name of sport, and then re­lease, per­haps to suc­cumb to ex­haus­tion, and be­come food for the gulls.

We have be­come an en­slaved peo­ple, fright­ened of the judges who love to fish amongst the flies and want to de­ter out­port peo­ple with ridicu­lous fines, fright­ened of the young men with guns on their hips, men the same age as those who fell on the fields of France in the name of free­dom for their chil-

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