May 23, 1913 (12th Parliament, 2nd Session)


John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)


The salmon fishers around that coast tell me there are more salmon there than there were ten or fifteen years ago. They attribute it to that hatchery. Some of it may be due to the protection being better than it was twenty or twenty-five years ago. The number of shad was becoming less, and last year we established shad hatcheries. A shad hatchery cannot be made like other hatcheries in a fixed place; it has to be removed from place to place because the shad is such a delicate fish. You cannot take it out like a salmon, and strip it; you have to get it oyer the spawning bed when it is quite ripe. If you do not do that, you loose the shads and spawn and everything else. At the first hatchery of the kind in the Dominion last year, they got about 5,000,000 eggs that were deposited. This year they expect to do very much better. As to what the result will be, we cannot tell for perhaps three or four years. I have great hopes that it will increase the number of shads.

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