It’s our N.L. fish … give us our recre­ation fish­ery

Northern Pen - - Community -

Less than two days ago a pe­ti­tion was started to rally N.L.ers on the Food/Recre­ational Fish­ery in N.L. for 2018. (www.change.org/p/food-recre­ational-fish­ery-nl-2018-getit-go­ing)

As of now, we have 600 peo­ple sup­port­ing this key ques­tion: “Why are we still wait­ing and wait­ing for the go-ahead on the Food - Recre­ational Fish­ery NL 2018?

Why, why is there no sched­uled, de­pend­able date for our fish­ery?”

It’s now June and we have not heard a word, not a word.

Last year it was an­nounced May 19. DFO has had 25 years to study this and still we wait .... With good sci­ence, noth­ing should have changed in 10 months. Along with long-stand­ing cul­tural tra­di­tions, se­ri­ous money for tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity op­er­a­tors is be­ing thrown to the wind.

This means se­ri­ous money to boat builders, the tourism in­dus­try, tour com­pa­nies, sup­ply chain com­pa­nies and own­ers of ho­tels and restau­rants. They just can­not wait un­til the last minute to par­tic­i­pate … can­not.

Why has this not been her­alded and planned for as a key piece of the tourist in­dus­try is baffling to all. It is said less than 1 per cent of the N.L. cod quota is caught in the food/recre­ational fish­ery.

So it is an ir­rel­e­vant amount of fish but, it also is free food and that should be our right.

Can some­one ex­plain to me why this has not been an­nounced and why this is not es­tab­lished by De­cem­ber ev­ery year?

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