Mr. WILLIAM DUFF (Antigonish-Guysborough) presented the report of the select standing committee on marine and fisheries as follows:
Your committee has had under consideration, matters in connection with the lobster fisheries in certain sections of the Atlantic coastal waters, and also the salmon fisheries of British Columbia.
Several meetings of the committee have been held. These meetings have been attended by the deputy minister, and the chief officials of the Fisheries branch, of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, who have rendered much valuable assistance in determining policies in the best interests of the fishing industry of Canada.
Through resolutions passed during the meetings of your committee, the following recommendations are submitted to the consideration of the House;
That owing to very strong representations having been received from the fishermen of Kent county N.B., and Prince county, P.E.I., to have the present lobster-fishing season, of August 15, to October 15, on that section of Northumberland straits, beginning at a point ten miles south of Richibucto, Kent county, N.B., and extending to River Philip, Cum-32649-146
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berland county, N.S., changed to commence on August 1 and end on September 30, your committee recommends that such change be made for the present year; and your committee further recommends that the Biological board be requested to make a thorough investigation of the lobster-fishing conditions in said section, before and during the period of the catch, and report its findings as soon as possible thereafter, in order to determine what injury, if any, would be caused by such change in dates of season.
Having regard for the best interests of the salmon fisheries of British Columbia, your committee recommends that: Purse-seine-nets
used in British Columbia waters shall have a minimum length of one hundred and twenty-five fathoms.
All of which is respectfully submitted.