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Thursday, April 24, 2014

MP Upset About Fishing Nets

Colpoy's Bay | by Kevin Bernard  

Miller claims commercial fishermen are violating agreement, MNR sitting on hands.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller isn't pulling any punches, saying the MNR is shirking its responsibility on policing the commercial native fishing agreement on Colpoys Bay.

Miller claims a tug called "The Wheeler" dropped nets on Wednesday from Mallory Beach right across the Bay to the area between the Wiarton Golf Club and Oxenden.

That's roughly two kilometres of net, and the native fishing agreement states they can only run 300 meters of net at a time.

Those nets are also to be marked on both ends, and Miller says the complaints he heard on the phone and by email on Wednesday night, told him there was only a marker on one end.

The Conservative MP says he called the Ministry of Natural Resources himself, and the woman at the call centre in Sault Ste. Marie had no idea where Colpoy's Bay was.

Miller says the tug already pulled the nets in Thursday morning, but there is another line in the water again today.

He says by the time the MNR gets out of the office to investigate, the violators will be gone again and he calls the reporting system a farce.

Miller says if you are going to have a Commercial Fishing Agreement with Native groups it has to be adhered to by both parties.




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