Careful angling won't hurt salmon

PIERRE D'AMOURS
Telegraph Journal
Monday, October 15, 2000

I would like to respond to your Thursday, Oct. 12 editorial, "Salmon anglers share the balme."

The number of salmon coming into the Restigouche river watershed in 2000 is comparable to the five-year average 1995-1999. On the Quebec portion of the watershed, fishermen keep large salmon (7 to 45 pounds), and yet the salmon return year after year. There is a fishing plan where Mi'gmak natives harvest large salmon five days a week, 16 hours a day in the estuary.

Why, despite all those catches, are salmon still coming back to the Restigouche watershed?

I think it is easier to keep hurting New Brunswick anglers and the communities dependent on salmon fishing than to look at the facts. New Brunswick rivers are managed by city slickers.

PIERRE D'AMOURS
Salmon biologist
Matapedia, 
Quebec

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