illigal nets

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:48 am

S.R.F.B. siezed illigal salmon drift nets off helvic head aprox. .5 mile long
the owner of this net had been salnon fishing along with other boats since
the season ended 4/8/05
this goes on year in/out
same people
will it ever be stopped/ended/?

Fri Sep 23, 2005 9:19 am

At least the nets were seized, which is a positive sign. As to an end to illegal netting, our best chance of seeing that happening is a total cessation of drift netting, preferably by choice via a realistic licence buy-out scheme.

The wheels of politics do turn slowly, so it might take a couple of years. On the other hand, come the next election here, we might be fortunate enough to get a reasonably enlightened and progressive minister who might move things along a bit. Fish can't vote or campaign, so we have to do it for them.