Future of N.L salmon rivers: privately owned?
This letter is intended for all Newfoundland and Labrador salmon anglers. Please stand united against DFO’s decision to take our fishery away, for if we do nothing now, the merchants of this province will get their wish and take this province’s great rivers for their own amusement.
This past season DFO took advantage of the opportunity they had been presented with and quickly implemented hook and release.
Did they take into consideration the effects of digging a trench across the straits might have on the migration of Salmon? Or show any concern on what effect increased commercial quotas of other countries would have on our rivers? No, they just simply put the blame on the N.L. angler and now want the N.L. anglers to pay the price.
If we simply stand aside and let DFO implement hook and release again, how long will it take before most us lose interest in the sport?
And when that happens, who’s to stop the merchants and their government workers from passing a bill to privatize our rivers?
Now is when we need to stand together for the right to fish our own rivers. It will be too late when most of us, including future potential generations of fishers, have little to no interest in taking a stand against something we’ve already accepted N.L. merchants and their cronies have always dictated the lives of the remainder of this province.
I, for one, would like to try and stop the tail from wagging the dog.
Barry Notley C.B.S.