SCNL Wants More DFO Resources to Protect Wild Salmon
August 21, 2017
The Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador wants more DFO resources in the province to protect wild Atlantic salmon.
It hasnít been a particularly good year on the salmon rivers in the province. Low water levels and warm temperatures have resulted in an all-out ban on salmon retention for the recreational angler.
Don Hutchens, President of the Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, says that restriction will aggravate a high proportion of the angling community. He says the fear is they will place nets in the rivers.
Hutchens has put his concerns into a letter to Kevin Anderson, the Regional Director General for DFO in this province.
He has attended the annual DFO Compliance and Enforcement meeting each year in Gander for the past decade, requesting increased protection for the scheduled salmon rivers Ė but Hutchens says each year those requests fall on deaf ears.
Heís imploring DFO to act immediately and deploy more resources in the province to protect stocks from early spring to late fall.