Canadian Authorities Demand Everything but the Pleasure.
Nothing said as yet about Seizing Piscatorial Photographs and American Fishermen are still permitted to bring home their rods. Information of importance to Americans intending to visit Canada this year to enjoy the fishing is contained in the following communication from S. T. Bastedo, deputy commissioner of fisheries, Canada, sent to Frank J. Amsden, of this city ' We are having regulations prepared, and, among other things, perhaps the one that will interest you most is that a number of bass this year which any one will be allowed to take shall not exceed eight, and ten inches is the minimum size. I do not think there would be any charge at the customs office where you are carrying your rods with you, but no fish may be taken home. We allow you to come here and enjoy our fishing and charge you nothing for it ; but in former years where a certain amount of the catch has been allowed to be sent out of the country, this privilege has been abused. Parties have sent fish away by the barrel-in fact, we are informed, made a business of this in order to defray their expenses while here. Of course, there is only a certain class of fishermen who would do this thing, but 1381
the abuses have led to the privilege being denied to all.
iSome years ago an) arrangement was made between the American authorities and the Canadian government that certain districts west to Kingston and east as far as Ogdensburg, covering what is known as the Thousand Islands resort, should be a free international park, that the American Alien Labour Law would not be enforced so far as it applied to this district, and that Americans could fish there in Canadian waters and Canadians could come and go as they pleased. That has been acted upon for years. The Americans were to put up a certain number of pavilions and docks and make common pleasure resorts on their side if the Canadian government would do the same.
The improvements were carried out on the Canadian side, but the Americans have not carried out their part of the arrangement. This Mr. Bastedo is the assistant commissioner for the province of Ontario, he writes this as an official letter, and the result will be to prevent thousands and thousands of Americans from visiting the Canadian waters of the St. Lawrence this year because they are given to understand that if they come here to fish they cannot take the fish out of Canada. I do not know what arrangement exists between this government and the Ontario government in reference to fishing in Lake Ontario and the River St. Lftwrence, whether this government has jurisdiction or not; but I think when Mr. Bastedo sent out a document of that kind stating that Americans can come here and fish, but cannot take any fish home, he should have been sure of his ground. Of course we know that fishermen do not take any fish home, except perhaps when a gentleman takes a large fish which he may desire to express to his friends in New York, or take it to his hotel on the American side, as Canadians do who catch fish on the American side. I think the government should make an official announcement upon this matter so that the Americans may be notified that they can come and fish and spend. their money in Canada, and if they choose to take half a dozen fish, they are at liberty to do so. I hope the Prime Minister will discuss this matter with the Minister of Marine and Fisheries and let this pronouncement go forth to contradict the statement that has been published broadcast in all the papers of the United States to the great inj'ury of Canada.