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View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, gentlemen, for appearing before us today.
Part of the mandate of this committee, when the study was approved, was to study participation in recreational fishing. During your opening remarks, if I understood you correctly, I think you commented that salmon fishing is seen as a public right in Quebec; that you do have an aging population of fishermen; and that you're seeing a decline in activity. Could you confirm that I understood you correctly?
If so, could you talk a bit about who is participating and where you see the decline? Are the young people not participating? Is that the issue? Or is the issue the aging of existing fishermen? And what could be done to turn that around?
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you.
We've also had a fair amount of discussion this morning on the difference in the regulations between, say, Quebec and New Brunswick when we're talking about the river-based approach of management and the catch-and-release management regulations that are in place in New Brunswick. You've also talked about how much catch and release is now being used in Quebec, and the success you feel that's having when it comes to repopulating and sustaining the stock.
Would you be in favour of a harmonization of salmon management regulations for Atlantic salmon?
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
No, I'm talking about harmonization between the New Brunswick rules, which are strictly catch and release, and Quebec's, which are river-based.
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Fordham, thanks for being with us this morning.
Certainly we've heard some interesting comments and we've heard some comments that have been different from those we've heard from other regions of the country, and I appreciate that.
I have some very fond memories of going cod fishing many years ago in Newfoundland. At that time we also thought that we might do some inland fishing. I don't know what your rates are today, but I know for non-residents at that time, which was probably 25 years ago, they were pretty steep and so we didn't do that. But I do have some fond memories of cod fishing and certainly you have a beautiful part of the country and I enjoy it.
My riding is in southwestern Ontario and we sit on Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes. Our area is quite different from the areas that you experience.
I want to talk a little bit about the food fishing days. I believe those were eliminated at one point and then they were brought back. Is that correct? Is that when the limits were initiated?
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
For what you're calling the food fishing days, I believe at one time people were not allowed to catch the cod for food. Is that correct? Is that what you were saying? Then the program was reintroduced and people were then allowed to have the daily catch, the five fish.
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. And the recreational fishery was opened, then, because of the increasing health of the fish industry, was it?
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Moving on, then, from that, you said the season should be extended for many reasons and you talked about safety issues. Can you tell me why the season is set the way it is, why it's fragmented, why it isn't a continuous season?
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. Can you elaborate a bit more on the reasons you think it would be beneficial to extend it on a continuous basis and what timeframes you think would be good timeframes?
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
That's good. Thank you.
Mr. Samson did not seem to be too much in favour of catch-and-release and was quite concerned about the mortality rates with catch-and-release, but I think you made the statement that catch-and-release, when practised properly, does not have a high mortality rate, from what you have seen.
Could you elaborate more on that and on what you mean by “practised properly”? Are there those who try to educate people, or how do people learn how to do it properly?
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thanks very much, Mr. Chair.
Thanks, gentlemen, for your presentations this morning. They've been very interesting.
I think a couple of months ago this committee determined that we would undertake the study on recreational fishing in Canada, something that hadn't been studied at this committee before, I don't believe. There were a lot of questions the committee had, and we felt they needed to be answered.
We've been hearing from witnesses right across the country and different things from different areas of the country. But what we're really want to know is the cultural and economic impact of recreational fishing is in different parts of the country, who participates in it, whether those numbers are rising, decreasing, or staying the same, how the fishing stocks are being managed, and whether they can be managed better to improve the recreational fishery.
So, I'm going to ask Mr. LeBlanc a question, please. You talked quite a bit about your organization, the New Brunswick Wildlife Federation, and you mentioned many species of fish that are caught recreationally. You talked about 22 species alone, I believe, inland, and you also talked about a master angler program. I'm wondering if you can explain that, enhance that statement, and tell us what that's all about and how your organization is involved, if you implemented it, if it's based on a model from somewhere else, if it's something innovative that you have put in place, and how it relates to and enhances recreational fishing.
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much for that answer. I'm glad to hear that recreational fishing is on the rise and that families are involved. I think it's a great family activity, and one that my family has been involved in for many years.
We certainly are wanting to promote it for younger children as well. Does your organization do anything in particular for young folk to get them interested? For example, this weekend I'm taking my grandson to our local hatchery where they have a fish pond that is stocked. The kids learn how to cast. They are able to catch a fish, and do catch and release. They promote events like this a couple of times a year.
Do you do anything like that?
View Patricia Davidson Profile
CPC (ON)
That's good.
You also talked about some of the threats in your area in particular. You talked about the environment and about invasive species. I would like you to elaborate a bit on both of those areas, if you could. I think an invasive species you particularly mentioned was the smallmouth bass.
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