For decades we have observed the decline of atlantic salmon and have followed the recommendations and the advice of DFO. The problem is the actual problem for salmon has never been idenified and the symptoms have been treated like they were the problem. It may be that the problem is a collective of the symptoms in other words the salmons decline could be a death by a thousand cuts and not one.
If you believe that hystory repeats itself concider this. Many years ago the mainland moose was in serious decline and the problem was not idenified so what to do? Sancutaries were set up and no hunting in these areas but the moose continued to dissappear. The last resort was to eliminate hunting and so it was done. Didn't help! After the moose was gone the problem was discovered, it was a brain worm that deer introduced! So stopping hunting didn't save the moose anymore than stopping fishing will save the salmon. We need to find the problem not resort to a solution to a problem nobody seems to understand.and stopping fishing for salmon will not help! imo
Perry I agree with much of what your saying but consider this. When the St Marys fell through the floor, how long did it take? A year? 5 years? 25 years? If you can give me one of those answers, is'nt it easy to decide not to fish for a repectful angler. If you can't answer that question thats even more reason not to fish until we know whats going on. Spreading the word of fishing to our youth is a great thing, but spreading the word of conservation should be in the for-front. Its really sad to see these experieced salmon fishermen laughing and joking to one another that they will be the end of the salmon. And they really do think they've figured it all out. You've got guys posting pictures of them teaching there kids to roll cast in areas where if they hook a salmon, itll beat itself off sharp rocks and do nothing but spread bad edicate. Its time for things to change,You see how things are progressing, you more than anyone on here should be all for complete wild salmon protection. My kids will learn about salmon and salmon habitat, but make no mistake, we'll be fishing for Big browns and Bass which is more than enough for fisherman who understands Salmon fishing has nothing but a negitive impact in at very least mainland nova scotian rivers. The capes not far behind. When the Striped Bass nearly dissapeared in the inner Bay of fundy in the 90s the Bass association took it on there back to fix things and things are now showing signs of being even better then the pre-90s....just sayin