Mr. J. Watson MacNaughi (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries):
hon. member was kind enough to give me notice of his intention to ask this question. Representations have been received by the department from fishermen and other interested parties, urging that the smelt season in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island be extended. Representations have also been made to me by the hon. members for Resti-gouche-Madawaska (Mr. Boucher), Northumberland, N.B. (Mr. McWilliam) and Kent, N.B. (Mr. Michaud).
Since the catch this year is substantially lower than in previous years, and since unusually mild weather has curtailed the fishing of smelts through the ice, it has been decided to extend the season in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island for a period of two weeks, which will bring it up to and including February 28.
Subtopic: NEW BRUNSWICK-REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF SMELT FISHING SEASON