Mr. WILLIAM DUFF (Lunenburg):
I beg to present the third report of the select standing committee on Marine and Fisheries as follows:
Your committee having considered and adopted the following resolution, herewith present the same for the information of the House:
Whereas a number of urgent requests have been made to the Honourable the Minister of Marine and Fisheries from time to time during the last few years for extensions of the lobster fishing season existing through the Maritime provinces, and as it would appear from representations made to the minister that such changes in the existing regulations are desirable;
And whereas it further appears that much difference of opinion exists among the lobster fishermen, and others engaged in the industry, regarding said regulations ;
And whereas it appears to be the unanimous opinion of this committee than an enquiry should be held which shall also include the principal fisheries of the Atlantic provinces;
Be it therefore resolved,-That in the opinion of this committee an enquiry should be held during the ensuing siunmer into the entire situation with a view if possible of changing the existing general regulations concerning the said principal fisheries to meet present requirements;
And be it further resolved.-That said enquiry should be conducted by seven members of the Standing Committee on Marine and Fisheries of the House of Commons, to be appointed by the minister under the Enquiries Act.