Lamenting the loss of outport freedoms
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-