Sport Fishers sold out by Ministry of Natural Resources: Response from MPP Walker and MP Miller

March 12, 2013

For Immediate Release

March 12th, 2013

Sport Fishers sold out by Ministry of Natural Resources: Response from MPP Walker and MP Miller

Ottawa, ON – Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, and Larry Miller MP, are very disappointed with the new 5 year fishing agreement announced for the local commercial fishery.

“I am very concerned about the implications of this agreement. What happens to the fishing derbies such as Salmon Spectacular? What is the potential impact on tourism and our economy?” stated Walker. “I definitely want to hear from our local clubs and stakeholders.”

“Conservation and sportsmen’s groups who have worked tirelessly to support and promote the local sports fishery, have once again been ignored and snubbed by the province,” said Miller. “Georgian Bay is big enough for both the commercial and sports fishery. There is no need for commercial fishermen to be in Colpoys and Owen Sound Bays”

Among the principal concerns that have been expressed in regards to this decision is that of safety. A commercial fishery could have severe repercussions on safety due to the presence of commercial fishing vessels in the bays of Colpoys and Owen Sound.

Walker and Miller will be discussing with local stakeholders on the issue and will be speaking with Ministry officials about their concerns with this decision.

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