Skeena MLA Calls for Catch-and-Release Recreational Chinook Fishery For Skeena, Nass

CFTK-TV News
06/21/2018

Ellis-Ross-Skeena-Liberals-2.jpgSkeena MLA Ellis Ross is the latest to call for the Federal Fisheries Department to reinstate an in-river recreational catch-and-release fishery for chinook, on the Nass and Skeena watersheds.

In a letter addressed to federal minister Dominic LeBlanc, Ross says that while conservation is paramount, he feels it is possible to reduce harvest numbers and still allow a fishery at the same time.

He says the economic impacts of the complete closure now in place are devastating.

"We're talking about not only people trying to make a living for their families but they also employ people -- in their lodges, on their boats and they get affected as well -- I just heard a local businessman point out to me already in Terrace that his business sales, because he has a business retail inside of Terrace, is down 20 per cent, just because of this closure," said Ross. 

The Liberal MLA says it always seems that First Nations and recreational fishermen on the rivers end up feeling the full impact of these closures, while ocean fisheries are often provided for.

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