Fu­ture of N.L salmon rivers: pri­vately owned?

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial -

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.

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