Hon. GROTE STIRLING (Acting Minister of Fisheries):
The hon. gentleman wrote me a letter which he handed me yesterday, and also intimated that he wished to ask a question to-day on this matter. The situation is that the regulations call for the observance of the forty-eight hour weekly close season by the traps. A fishery patrolman is placed on duty in the trap net area each season to see that there is compliance with these requirements. In addition to that the district fisheries inspector makes periodic inspections.
Complaint having been made, it will certainly be investigated further, but I may draw the bon. member's attention to the fact that it has been suggested to the fishermen concerned, that if they will, they may recommend the appointment of an honorary fisheries guardian who can represent their interests and make observations continually as they see fit. The department has no reason to object to that suggestion.
Subtopic: SALMON TRAP REGULATIONS