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Started by Boyd Winsor. Last reply by Peter Emberley Nov 6, 2016.
TagsA tag system was tried before and it created a firestorm of opposition. Thousands of tags ended up on the landwash with discarded heads and it was an environmental mess to say the least. The only…Continue
I attended a meeting last evening at the Capitol Hotel on the subject of tags. DFO are maintaining that a tags system will be in the interest of scientific research. I said how is this possible when the only data that can be attained is quantifying based on the number of tags sold. It was a total sham & it is blatantly obvious that the only ones to benefit are self serving individuals with their own agenda. Here is a copy of what I read at the meeting.
This was tried before and met with a firestorm of opposition. It was a logistic nightmare and provided absolutely no quantifying data for science. How can this in any way be justified for scientific research?
Thousands of tags ended up on the landwash with discarded heads and it was an environmental mess to say the least. The only reason to use tags is to justify the label recreational as opposed to food which is what this fishery is to the vast majority of Newfoundlanders. This cannot be compared to the salmon fishery as this is purely and solely recreational. Bureaucrats within DFO, misguided politicians, and self serving individuals would love to put the food fishery in the same category as salmon angling. It is a food fishery and not a recreational fishery
Everyone will agree that cod are having a good comeback. Should cod reach historic population levels, the lucrative crab & shrimp fishery will crash. Therefore, it is simple logic that a billion dollar industry will be replaced by a million dollar industry. A sustainable cod population must be balanced with maintaining a crab and already threatened shrimp fishery. The best solution I maintain to a balanced approach in the harvest of cod is to maintain the current system and monitor the fishery using current methods.
Only another month until we can take to the water for a feed of fresh fish. I sure am looking forward to it.
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