Invest in restocking wild salmon over aquaculture
I am an avid salmon fisherman myself and I have been following all the controversy over the Atlantic wild salmon and the aquaculture farmed salmon.
In my opinion with the wild Atlantic salmon in trouble, now is the time for the provincial government to step up and really put their money where their mouth is.
It is my belief the wild Atlantic salmon is a hundred or even a thousand times more important to save than the farmed salmon and in my mind is also worth a hundred or a thousand times more money to the provincial economy.
If Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne and Premier Dwight Ball really want to do something for the wild Atlantic salmon which they attest to by their presence at the meetings that were held by CORA (Citizens’ Outdoors Rights Alliance) on the west coast, they should take the $45 million that they are going to give Grieg Aquaculture to help set up a project that is going to kill wild Atlantic salmon and put the $45 million into the startup of Noel Paul’s hatchery again and start a restocking program for all the rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador and maybe even the other Atlantic provinces.