In­vest in re­stock­ing wild salmon over aqua­cul­ture

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - Neil Smith Mount Pearl

Dear Edi­tor,

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.

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