Who to Blame?
We still have no decision regarding
this season’s sportfishing on Guysborough County rivers. I’m now told that June 4th is judgment day.
But, should closure signs suddenly appear, the public deserves to know who to hold accountable.
First, ALL interested agencies favor an open live-release Atlantic salmon season.
There was, however, disagreement regarding the usual open season for trout fishing on our rivers
if there is no open salmon season.
FOR CLOSURE: The Nova Scotia Salmon Association and St. Mary’s
River Association both recommend some form of trout fishing closure.
AGAINST CLOSURE: The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, Eastern Sportfish Association, and Mulgrave & Area Lakes
Enhancement Association want no closure.
We must recognize that our disagreement
is a people issue rather than a salmon conservation issue. We all support an open salmon season where angled salmon are released
alive. But if the same number of salmon are released alive as trout fishery by-catch, that’s the issue. There’s
no difference to salmon conservation, except that closure of sport fisheries may be detrimental to salmon populations in the
short and long term, due to factors noted below.
Some anglers feel that regulations,
no matter how useless or silly, must be unquestionably obeyed. These are folks that would wear pink socks if they were required
by regulation. Others have difficulty respecting silly regulations, feeling that we are already over-regulated. Some are concerned
about the social and economic impact on our rural communities, others not. Some are concerned about the viability and future
of our local volunteer organizations, others not. Some feel that the huge discrepancy between angler observation and science
population estimates is real, while some disregard “anecdotal” evidence. Many have lost their passion for angling
Nova Scotia salmon streams, having opted for summer salmon fishing in other provinces or countries, leaving a dwindling few
of us trying to cling to what we have. Some allow personal issues to cloud their judgment while others consider the bigger
picture. Some feel that angler presence is essential to prevent serious poaching activity while others feel that effects are
minimal, despite our seriously depleted government protection resources.
of these factors are part of this people issue that will determine our future.
must also remember that DFO is responsible for Atlantic salmon management, both wild and farmed. Part of this responsibility
is consulting with user groups, like those mentioned above. As with the cod fishery, DFO must be held accountable.
The bottom line
is that it is we, the rural communities, will live with the result.
June 4-5, 2011, is a Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend. All Nova Scotians and visitors are encouraged to try fishing as a way
to enjoy Nova Scotia’s outdoors with no licence requirement, unless you fish for Atlantic salmon. Bag limits and all
other regulations apply.
is the date for the 10th Annual Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Sea Shore Volunteer Fire Department. The derby
is at Fisherman’s Harbour Lake from 8 am – 12, with hot dogs & refreshments available. Wheelchair accessible.
If you are a fly tyer in Pictou County, chances are that you’re a member (or alumnus)
of veteran Parker Wong’s winter fly tying group in New Glasgow. He’s mentored many of us. The Royal Coachman being
one of Parker’s favorite trout flies, here is his dry fly version.
The Royal Coachman Dry Fly
Mustad 94840, size 8 - 14
Golden pheasant tippet
Peacock herl, red floss and peacock herl.
White duck quill segments
Coachman brown cock dry fly hackle
Black thread finished with ProLac head cement
Please send comments and suggestions to email@example.com
Please stay on the line