A 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 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. Bureaucrats within DFO, misguided politicians, and self serving individuals would love to put the food fishery in the same category as salmon angling. This would be a huge mistake and will be met with, as I said, a firestorm of opposition.
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.
It isn't a done deal yet. There is a silent majority out there who have yet to speak out.
Problem is no one cares until it is a done deal then look out. All will be up in arms. People will speak out when the food fishery opens next year.
Environmental groups want to keep plastic out of the oceans & our federal government is most certainly going to add to it.
Great Job, minister.
Don't forget this is one of the proposals put forward to the federal fisheries minister by the Newfoundland Federation of Hunters & Anglers. By the way this organization has zero members, has no government non profit registration any more, that's gone. Other than the self proclaimed president there are no members.
I don't believe this self proclaimed interest group should be speaking on my behalf.