Salmon an­glers ig­nore river tem­per­a­tures

The Western Star - - EDITORIAL -

The Hum­ber River is the sec­ond largest river in New­found­land and a world-class salmon fish­ing river. When the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans in­tro­duced its 18 C tem­per­a­ture pro­to­col on July 20, the Up­per Hum­ber at Big Falls re­mained open. Sev­eral lo­cal an­glers be­came con­cerned and mea­sured the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture on July 27 at Big Falls and dis­cov­ered that the tem­per­a­ture was 24 C — nearly fa­tal to salmon hooked and re­leased.

DFO was in­formed of the tem­per­a­ture and lo­cal con­cerns, and fi­nally closed the Up­per Hum­ber on Aug. 3. One has to won­der if the lo­cal an­glers had not com­plained whether the Up­per Hum­ber would still be open to hook-and-re­lease fish­ing, se­ri­ously dam­ag­ing our

salmon stocks. Catch-and-re­lease fish­er­men con­tin­ued to fish and ig­nore wa­ter tem­per­a­tures un­til the river closed.

Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures were again mea­sured on the Hum­ber River at the tail­race in Deer Lake. The tem­per­a­tures there ex­ceeded 18 C since July 30, yet the tail­race re­mained open. Once again, catc­hand-re­lease fish­er­men ig­nored the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture pro­to­col.

While it was le­gal to fish, it was morally and eth­i­cally wrong to do so.

Did out­fit­ters pres­sure DFO to keep the river open to en­ter­tain guests?

Out­fit­ters in Labrador pres­sured DFO last Au­gust to in­crease the daily catch and re­lease limit to eight per day. The Labrador out­fit­ters again pres­sured gov­ern­ment this year to re­move the cap on catch and re­lease.

They openly bragged that all their guests maxed out on catch and re­lease, mean­ing that their

guests killed two to three salmon dur­ing their stay.

That is not con­ser­va­tion. That is cor­po­rate greed.

Now the out­fit­ters want to have their own salmon fish­ing reg­u­la­tions. The salmon foxes want to take care of the salmon hen­house — won­der­ful!

Cor­po­rate greed trumps con­ser­va­tion ev­ery time. It’s time to ban catch-and-re­lease salmon fish­ing in New­found­land and Labrador.

Non-res­i­dent an­glers who prac­tice catch and re­lease are no longer wel­come in our prov­ince to fish.

This is an im­ported fish­ing method that is un­en­force­able and un­eth­i­cal. It is not the cul­tural val­ues that we be­lieve in here. We don’t tor­ture an­i­mals for fun and that in­cludes salmon.

Stay home or fish else­where — not in New­found­land and Labrador.

Robert Sheppard

Logy Bay

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