A mass die-off of salmon in fish pens on the south coast of Newfoundland made waves in news headlines last October. But yesterday, a report into public disclosure of information by the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources released by the province’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner clearing the Department of any wrong-doing, scarcely created a ripple. Gerry Byrne, the Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources summarized the report’s main finding yesterday in a series of tweets. “Appreciate having an Independent Officer of the Legislature confirm no basis for mandatory disclosure due to no evidence of health or environmental risk,” the Minister posted. He added: “In my own history as a parliamentarian, I have never experienced an oversight Office conclude an investigation by saying ‘no recommendations’ to offer or required as the situation was well handled.” Commissioner Michael Harvey’s report concludes “I do not have any recommendations to make…
Blinded By The Numbers? Implementing the Modernized Fisheries Act Goes Beyond Acting On What Stock Science Tells Us.
Documentary seeks answers to dwindling salmon stocks
A man from Happy Valley-Goose Bay was fined $4,000 for illegally fishing Atlantic salmon with a net and $1,000 for fishing after the end of the season. Meanwhile, two others have pleaded guilty to the charge of fishing with a net in inland waters; fish and wildlife enforcement officers observed both men this Summer setting a net in North West Brook near the community of Trinity. They were fined $4,000 each. All of the violations were uncovered through tips from the public. All three men have 18 months to pay the fines and is prohibited from fishing inland or within 30 metres of coastal waters for three years. Source: CBC