Time to speak up about tags

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - Judy Foote, we’ve had enough of this. You can let her know how you feel by email­ing judy. foote @ parl. gc. ca.

New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans, it’s time to fight for our ba­sic rights to feed our­selves off the sea and land. Our won­der­ful fed­eral govern­ment, in the name of Judy Foote, has fig­ured out yet another level of use­less bu­reau­cracy to fix some­thing that is sim­ply not bro­ken.

We hear from the fed­eral fish­eries spin doc­tors there have been a whole 78 vi­o­la­tions of the recre­ational cod fish­ery this past year. Well, whoopee. What does that equate to, 100, maybe 200 fish? Prob­a­bly be­cause some­one with ba­sic com­mon sense put back fish 12 inches long and a few seag­ulls prob­a­bly had a nice feed.

Oh yes, it’s all go­ing to go to hell in a hand bas­ket if we do not have more bu­reau­cracy. And, of course, tags would only be in­tro­duced in this prov­ince to keep us all in line and be thank­ful for the crumbs from the govern­ment.

What should be done here is open the recre­ational cod-fish- ing sea­son from May 1 to Oct. 21, with the same lim­its and same dates as last year, and on ev­ery other day a five-fish boat limit. The much- needed busi­ness and com­merce this cre­ates, and will con­tinue to cre­ate, is fab­u­lous.

Oh yes, and they re­ally have to have a bet­ter way to es­ti­mate what is be­ing caught - sounds like a line from a “Dumb and Dumber” movie. If our high-paid sci­en­tists can­not fig­ure this out, hire a high school stu­dent.

And, of course, tags would only be in­tro­duced in this prov­ince to keep us all in line and be thank­ful for the crumbs from the govern­ment.

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