Hon. ALPHONSE FOURNIER (for the Minister of Fisheries):
In the absence of the Minister of Fisheries I received notice of the question which the hon. gentleman has asked. The answer to the first question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part of the question the answer is: As the Jemseg river is quite narrow, gill-nets, ostensibly set for the taking of shad, have been taking striped bass. At the request of the provincial authorities and of the New Brunswick fish and game protective association, as well as on the recommendation of the officers of the department, the use of gill-nets was prohibited in the Jemseg river, in order to facilitate the ascent of fish in the river, thereby providing better angling from which the province and the people along the river will derive greater benefit from tourists and anglers.
As to the third question-will the department consider cancelling the order at once- the answer is: no; not before further investigation.
Subtopic: CLOSING OF CERTAIN TRIBUTARIES OF SAINT JOHN RIVER TO GILL-NET FISHING