Not all hun­ters play by rules

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

We are once again in the main month of the murre (turre) hunt­ing sea­son in Pla­cen­tia Bay, and once again sto­ries of il­le­gal hunt­ing are ram­pant.

Many sto­ries are told of some greedy poach­ers com­ing in with their first quota only to un­load them in a wait­ing truck and then re­turn to look for a se­cond quota. And ap­par­ently this is done in a very brazen fash­ion. I guess they know they can do this with­out any fear of be­ing ques­tioned, not to men­tion be­ing charged.

Then there are sto­ries of mur­res be­ing sold on the black mar­ket. How can th­ese il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties be al­lowed to con­tinue?

What is the pur­pose of hav­ing quo­tas when there is no­body to en­force the reg­u­la­tions? Why do DFO peo­ple not make them­selves more vis­i­ble to those (so-called hun­ters). Doesn’t the “O” in DFO have some bear­ing on life in and on the ocean? Where are the wildlife peo­ple, now that the moose sea­son has closed? Does no­body care about the plight of the murre?

We are told that mur­res do not nest un­til they are five years old and then they lay a sin­gle egg. With the present-day slaugh­ter of th­ese birds, one won­ders how many ever sur­vive the first five years. We are all fa­mil­iar with the demise of the great auk; one can only won­der if his­tory is not re­peat­ing it­self in the case of the murre.

Wal­ter Par­sons writes from Pla­cen­tia

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