Mr. Chairman, I should like to plead with the minister to take advantage of the provisions of clause 3 (1) (a) of this bill for the more efficient exploration of fishery resources, to restrict certain inshore fishing grounds for the sole use of inshore fishermen and prohibit their use to deep sea draggers. The inshore fisherman is equipped with small boats which cannot fish more than 15 or 20 miles offshore. The deep sea draggers can go 200 or 300 miles offshore to the Grand Banks, and it does not seem right that a deep sea dragger should be permitted to destroy these fishing grounds and deny their use to the inshore fishermen who depend on them solely for their livelihood.
The only way to solve this problem is for
government to restrict certain inshore fishing grounds to inshore fishermen. I am not saying that this should be done in every case, but in certain cases it is essential that the inshore fishing grounds be restricted solely for the use of inshore fishermen.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF COMMERCIAL FISHERIES