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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
Last years consultation meetings bore out some good input which needs consideration.
1. Absolutely no tags system as it will be environmentally negative to sea birds with locked tags around their neck as they consume cod heads washed on shore not to mention the environmental mess with non biodegradable plastic littering the shoreline. Tags also offer no data on fish caught other than quantifying data. Many of the tags will be left unused.
2. A licensing system with a log method is a good idea. This would provide invaluable information for scientific research. Forms could be mandatory & submitted online.
The following are some questions which could be put on a report form.
-length of fish & approximate weight.
-stomach contents. checklist provided would list possible species consumed including (caplin, shrimp, crab, krill, blackberry, other)
-health of fish (inspection of liver for color and thickness) Dark thin livers indicate that the fish have little or no body fat.
-parasites like worms present in flesh.
Again I emphasize no tags as it is only of benefit to boat operators and possibly some other self serving individuals. We came to be who we are as a culture and a people because of cod.
Thank you for the opportunity for this input.
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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